Airport preparing for busiest travel period of the year

Airport preparing for busiest travel period of the year
Holiday season brings busiest travel period of the season

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The holiday season is here, and airports all over the world are preparing for the busiest travel period of the year.

The Hattiesburg-Laurel regional airport is expecting their normal jump in passengers. Executive Director Tom Heanue told WDAM that the airport has already seen a slight increase.

"Thanksgiving will be the busiest travel day of the year,"Heanue said. "They're counting all of the travel to grandma's house to eat. We've seen a little increase, but it's not much. It's probably four or five more extra passengers per flight than we normally see."

The airport recently added a trip to Chicago, but Heanue said it hasn't made that much of a difference yet.

"The Chicago flight hasn't done as well as we want it to do. We're hoping it picks up through the travel season, and people start to take advantage once we get into the new year," said Heanue.

Passengers traveling to Dallas Tuesday morning spoke to WDAM about the advantages of flying out of the regional airport. They cited convenience as one of the main reasons why they travel through Hattiesburg.

"When I was younger, I would fly out of New Orleans and Jackson. It's just too far. It's just so much more convenient here. You walk in and everything is right here, and it's never crowded," said Donna Burge.

The airport is expecting the same number of passengers for this holiday season, compared to last year's holiday season.