WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We are just four days from Christmas. That means the holiday travel season is in full swing.
The kids are out of school. Parents are off work. All that’s left now is the long ride home for the holidays.
AAA says whether it’s by train, plane, or automobile more than 93 million Americans are heading home for the holidays.
“I’m heading back home to Winston-Salem for the holidays,” Matthew Pezzella said. “I’m going to see my parents and my brother and spend a little time with them. You know it’s been a month or so since I’ve seen them, so I’ve got to see them for Christmas.”
Those who decided the road home was a bit too far to drive headed to ILM, where crews are busier than Santa’s elves during their biggest travel season of the year.
“We’re looking at between 1,100 and 1,200 people a day for the entire eight-day period through the Christmas holiday,” ILM Operations Director Gary Broughton said. “We’re running heavier than normal, and flights are booked to almost 100 percent capacity.”
While many travelers are rocking around the Christmas tree to try and get home for the holiday season, they need to remember one thing: if you leave early, time will always be on your side.
“TSA has agreed to open the checkpoint earlier, so it’s opening at 4 a.m. Now” Broughton said. “Of course we, as always, advise passengers to get here an hour and a half before their scheduled departure. It gives them time to check their baggage and get through security.”
To make travel easier, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has suspended all road construction for the holidays through January 2.