Hoosiers hoping to travel during the upcoming Indiana University fall break weekend should plan extra time to navigate the Indianapolis airport. The Indianapolis Airport Authority is warning travelers of increased traffic on October 5 and 8.
The airport is asking anyone planning to fly this weekend to arrive early.
Aaron Batt is the Transportation Security Administration’s federal security director with coverage of Indiana. He says the airport is expecting an 8-percent increase in traffic from fall break last year.
Batt says the highest traffic is expected for early flights, between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m.
“For example, this upcoming Friday we see 2,500 people going through in just the 5 to 6 hour timeframe,” Batt says.
He says the normal number of travelers in that hour is closer to 1,600.
Batt says most travelers expect longer lines around Thanksgiving and Christmas. He says the advisory is to alert them the same problems can happen around fall break and other school holidays.
“Give yourself a little bit of extra time and arrive a little earlier than you normally would,” Batt says. “We recommend two hours ahead of time.”
A press release says approximately 16,000 people are expected to pass through the airport on both October 5 and 8.