Tampa International is experiencing delays and no cancellations prior to Memorial Day weekend
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Travel is back in the Sunshine State. Nearly 2.5 million Floridians will travel 50 miles or more this Memorial Day weekend. according to AAA. That’s 172,000 more people than last year, nearly 100,000 more than before the pandemic.
“Most of the time it just worked out well over the bank holiday weekend because I had some free time,” Ashley Anzulewizz said. “In that respect, it worked out well, but traveling on vacation is always hectic.”
Anzulewizz was waiting for her fiance’s flight from Germany.
“I think he was 30 minutes late,” Anzulewizz explained. “But not too big or anything.”
On Friday at Tampa International Airport More than a quarter of all arrivals and departures were delayed – but no cancellations.
This is because airfares are also increasing. More than 200,000 Florida residents are expected to fly over Memorial Day weekend. According to the AAA, international travel is also increasing.
“We’re going to Europe,” said Maggie Ossa, a Pasco County resident. “We’re going to Belgium and then to the south of France.”
Ossa and her family followed the airport’s recommendations and arrived three hours early for their international flight.
“We were actually lucky because we have TSA pre-clearance, so I think we’ll get some food and then head to security,” Ossa said. “But normally we would go straight through security.”
According to experts, the roads were the busiest today, especially at rush hour. According to the AAA, just over 2 million Floridians will be driving over the holiday weekend — 137,000 more than last year.