BANGOR – Families across the country travel near and far today as they head to their Thanksgiving destinations. Workers and travelers at Bangor International Airport are preparing for the busy holiday weekend.
Many people around the country use thanksgiving Eve as a day of travel.
“We actually have a different mix of passengers usually on the holidays,” said Bangor International Airport Director Tony Caruso. “Usually it’s your families, your first-time travelers, but it’s shaping up to be another busy holiday season for us.”
Poor weather conditions caused some flight cancellations and delays Tuesday night for passengers headed to Bangor.
“Got to our hotel room at 1 o’clock and then had to get up at five to get the shuttle back to the airport for our flight today which left at 8:30 in the morning, so it was exciting but we’re here safe and sound,” said traveler Joan Rahill.
“Despite the cancellations and delays, travelers are staying positive and looking forward to Thanksgiving.
“As long as we make it to our destination we’re fine, but we do understand that it is the busiest travel day of the year,” said traveler Maryanne Smith.
All that travel doesn’t stop after Wednesday, but continues through the weekend.
“We expect literally twelve hundred to fifteen hundred passengers per day through this holiday weekend,” said Caruso.
He says preparation starts way before the holiday season arrives.
“We make sure our folks are all trained and qualified, make sure equipment is well maintained, make sure we have enough deicing fluids and sand and everything we use to kind of keep the runway and taxi ways clear,” said Caruso.
He also added that it’s best for travelers to arrive at BIA at least two hours before their departure time, and to make sure all their electronics are fully charged.