Philadelphia International Airport expecting large crowds as Labor Day travel begins

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Labor Day travel weekend is officially underway and is expected to be one of the busiest travel holidays at Philadelphia International Airport since the pandemic began.

July 4 was originally forecast as the busiest travel holiday since the pandemic began, but officials now expect higher numbers for this Labor Day weekend.

American Airlines took off Thursday with four delays, the only delay at PHL during that time. The airport reported zero cancellations in the early hours.

American Airlines and other major airlines continue to cancel thousands of flights in hopes of avoiding cancellations and delays through November.

PHL is probably in the thick of it since so many American flights pass through the airport.

Airlines continue to blame staff shortages, FAA ground stops and weather delays as reasons for cancellations.

Some travelers say they’re seeing improvements.

“I feel like there aren’t that many delays and canceled flights anymore,” said passenger Shondra Borges.

Airports and airlines will be put to the test as PHL now expects 481,000 travelers at the airport this weekend.

PHL officials said traffic will increase on Thursday and remain so through Monday, with a drop in travelers on Sunday.

Travelers should consider other ways to get to PHL. Officials said parking is limited in the on-site garages and the recently reopened commercial lot.

If you haven’t traveled since spring, the economy lot is now a bit more expensive at $15 per day due to limited seats.

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