227,000 To Pass Through DFW Wednesday, Busiest Travel Day Is Sunday

Alan Scaia
November 27, 2019 - 12:04 pm
DFW International Airport

Credit: Alan Scaia, 1080 KRLD


DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - DFW Airport officials say more than 227,000 people will fly into or out of the airport Wednesday. Airports, airlines and shops have added staff to handle the rush of travelers for Thanksgiving.

"It's chaotic. You don't know what you're going to run into," one passenger said as he walked with his family at Terminal D Wednesday morning. "But DFW does a great job moving people in and out. We've got a lot of rookies on their once-a-year flight, but even with the kids, if we get here early enough, it's never been a big problem."

"We've got beautiful weather. People out west have a storm coming, but we're clean, so I'm happy," another said.

DFW and Love Field had few delays Wednesday morning, but they warned passengers to check with their airlines for problems reaching the West or Upper Midwest, which are dealing with snow and wind.

"It really starts to feel like the holidays," a man flying to Minneapolis said.

While North Texas dropped into the 40s after a cold front passed through early Wednesday morning, he says he was wearing shorts earlier this week and looked forward to winter weather in Minnesota.

"You get some snow, you get some bad weather--quote, unquote--but it is nice to get some seasons in and experience something different," he said.

The industry group, OAG, says the Sunday after Thanksgiving will actually be the busiest travel day ever, with 3.1 million Americans expected to fly.

DFW Airport says almost 250,000 people will pass through the airport Sunday. American Airlines says it will top 1,000 flights in a single day at DFW for the first time Sunday.

This year, DFW Airport installed signs that tell people how long they should expect to wait at a TSA checkpoint and the length of the walk and wait-time at neighboring checkpoints.

"So you can decide, 'Is it worth it for me to walk two minutes and go through a shorter checkpoint, then walk back to the gate, or is it worth it to wait here?'" says DFW Airport's Bill Begley. "That's up to you because you have that information, so you're in control of your trip."

Begley says people should still watch airline apps or the DFW app or website for potential delays caused by weather in other parts of the country.

"If there's going to be a delay, you don't want to come here and have to sit for three or four hours," he says.