CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - Thursday and through Sunday will mark the busiest time of the year at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Cascade Township.
Ford Airport Deputy Executive Director Phil Johnson said the airport expects upwards of 7,000 passengers to go through the facility each day during spring break. This represents about a 10% to 15% increase in its average daily traffic.
The new construction along nearby 28th Street has Johnson urging and warning travelers to bypass the 28th Street exit (#43) and use 36th Street exit (#44) along Interstate 96 to get to the airport.
Not only will travelers run into congestion along 28th Street, but at the airport as well.
According to Ford Airport officials, long lines are expected at ticket counters, security checkpoints and gate service counters.
Johnson suggests travelers arrive to the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure time if you don't have to check baggage and have checked in online.
Passengers who need to visit the check-in counter and need to check baggage should plan to arrive to the airport two hours prior to departure.
Suggestions for making it through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints faster include being mindful of "over-packed" bags, which typically slow down security screening and increase wait times for everyone.
For a list of prohibited items, travelers should visit TSA's website.
Gerald R. Ford International Airport is also holding Passenger Appreciation Days Thursday through Sunday. Travelers can visit the airport's Grand Hall for free refreshments, giveaways, prize drawings, contests and more.
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