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Miami International, Broward’s FLL airport busy, but ‘so far pretty good’

Carmen Rodriguez rests her feet Monday morning as she waits for her flight to Madrid at Miami International Airport, Nov. 24, 2014.
Carmen Rodriguez rests her feet Monday morning as she waits for her flight to Madrid at Miami International Airport, Nov. 24, 2014. Miami Herald Staff

So far, so good, for people traveling through South Florida on the busiest travel day of the year.

There are no reported delays and only one canceled arrival at Miami International Airport, said airport spokesman Ignacio Ortiz. “Nothing out of the ordinary so far.”

The airport, which on average sees anywhere between 105,000 and 113,000 travelers pass through on any given day, will see a spike over the weekend with 127,000 travelers expected to leave and arrive each day, Ortiz said.

He added that they are expecting “some rain today.”

“We’re pretty good handling the weather,” Ortiz said. “But obviously anything up North is out of our hands.”

As of 8:30 a.m., Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is reporting one cancellation and 22 delays (13 for departing flights, 9 for arriving).

“So far it’s pretty good, but it’s early in the day,” said airport spokesman Allan Siegel. “It’s pretty busy now” because the early morning hours always are, Siegel said. “We have another peak in the late afternoon.”

The airport expects around 80,000 travelers today, Siegel said. On any given day FLL averages 65,000 travelers. Wednesday and Sunday mark the busiest travel days of Thanksgiving week, Siegel said.

He does not expect any weather delays.

▪ Travelers flying into Philadelphia International Airport should expect delays of an 1 hour and 43 minutes on average, according to flightaware.com. Those heading to LaGuardia Airport can expect wait times averaging 3 hours and 9 minutes. Departures at LGA are averaging delays of 26 minutes. Newark Liberty International Airport is seeing inbound flights delayed an average of 3 hours and 18 minutes and departures between 16 to 30 minutes. At John F. Kennedy International Airport departures are delayed 16 to 30 minutes on average. Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is reporting delays averaging 1 hour and 23 minutes for inbound flights due to snow and ice.

▪  As of noon, more than 500 flights were canceled across the United States, according to flightaware.com. 280 of those involved New York City airports.

AIR TRAVEL TIPS

▪ Program your airline’s phone number into your cellphone before leaving for the airport to have it easily available in case of rebooking emergency.

▪ Monitor your flight’s status on your airline’s website or a site like flightstats.com or flightaware.com.

▪ In carrying-on luggage, place liquids, gels and aerosols 3.4 ounces or less in a quart-sized bag.

▪ Tape a card with name and contact information on any large electronics that will go through security.

▪ To make sure nothing gets lost or taken, put jewelry or cellphones into carry-on bags before going through security rather than placing them directly in a bin at the checkpoint.

▪ Guns can only be packed in checked luggage and must be unloaded, placed in a locked, hard-sided container and declared to the airline.

▪ Wear shoes that can easily be removed.

▪ Check boarding passes to see if it is marked with TSA PreCheck; if so, go to the appropriate lane at security.

Source: Transportation Security Administration and Miami Herald reporting

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