DENVER, Colorado (CBS4) – According to AAA, airlines have made an almost full recovery since the start of the pandemic and on this holiday, those traveling by air should expect more crowds than ever before. On Wednesday, what must have been one of the busiest days of the week, anxious families arrived hours earlier than to find minimal lines inside the airport.
“I think we got here way too early,” said Mike Schwartz.
However, the Schwartz family were pleasantly surprised by the scene inside the airport; parking presented its fair share of challenges.
“So far it has been very easy, the shuttle service has been a bit slow, like picking us up from the Pikes Peak parking lot,” he said.
Most of the lots closest to the airport were full or nearly full, but luckily that didn’t reflect what travelers found inside DEN.
“No problem, I used RTD to get here, it was very convenient and not too crowded,” said one traveler.
CBS4 caught up with another Denver resident who was leaving for vacation and had a first glimpse of the safety lines.
“I expected them to be a lot longer than that actually, I expected it to be at the door, but it’s good for people’s anxiety, I guess it’s organized, ”he said.
The TSA has confirmed that personnel will be placed for all 30 screening lanes at security checkpoints – and on Wednesday it appeared to be paying off.
“It’s better than I expected, and we have time to sit back and relax and maybe have a cocktail,” said another traveler.
Airport officials have warned that Sunday is set to be another busy travel day and reminded travelers that wait times at TSA checkpoints can vary. Things are usually busier in the early morning around 5-10am and 1pm to 4pm.
Security lines began to increase slightly after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, but the longest wait time to pass was between 15 and 20 minutes.
Those heading to the airport can still check not only the security wait times but also the parking capacity on Flydenver.com.
AAA expects air traffic to nearly double from 2020 figures, up 4.2 million from 2.3 million and at Denver International Airport more than 2 million travelers are expected to transit between Friday November 19 and Tuesday November 30, an increase of 2.7% for the same period before the pandemic in 2019.