SYR Prepares for Significant Increase in Thanksgiving Travelers

Syracuse, New York –The Syracuse Regional Airport Authority (SRAA) announced today that preparations are underway for an anticipated 17.3% increase in Thanksgiving week travelers compared to 2018. Three days of the Thanksgiving travel stretch – Tuesday 11/26, Saturday 11/30, and Sunday 12/1 – are expected to exceed 10,000 daily passengers.

For those flying out of SYR, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recommends arriving at least two hours before your scheduled departure, especially during peak times. Peak departure times at SYR generally occur between 4:30-6:30 AM, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, and 4:00-6:00 PM.

Due to the significant increase in passenger volume, the traveling public should expect increased enforcement of the Active Curbline policy at Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR). This means that only vehicles actively participating in pickups or drop offs may be present at the main curbline. Those waiting for friends or loved ones to arrive are encouraged to wait – free of charge – in the Cell Phone lot, until their passengers confirm they are exiting the terminal.

In an effort to ensure a pleasant travel experience, SYR will have an increased volunteer presence during the holiday travel season. Volunteers from the popular PET Program (Pets Easing Travelers) will be on hand with therapy dogs to comfort passengers. Volunteers from the Fly Guide Ambassadors program will also be on hand to provide directions and assistance to travelers in need.

In addition to an increased volunteer presence, the sounds of holiday music will fill the terminal thanks to the 2019 SYR Airport Holiday Concert series. Travelers will be greeted by live musical performances in the Grand Hall. This concert series features local community organizations, school groups, and local professional music groups.

We wish our passengers a safe and happy holiday season!

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