Holiday travel manageable at CVG

HEBRON, KY (FOX19) - Whether it's on a plane, train, or automobile, holiday travelers are making the great-escape to their Thanksgiving destinations.

A record 42.5 million people are expected to hit the road on Wednesday in the busiest travel day of the year. More than half of those will be making their way through the nation's airports. That includes the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport where an estimated 66,000 passengers are expected to pass through this holiday.

"I'm looking forward to seeing my dad and just my family," said Kaylee Matherly.

"I'm looking very forward to {my trip,}" said Chuck Bradberry. "I have since June when we put in for the tickets."

While those sentiments may be the same every year that travelers fly, this year, at least one thing at the airport will look a little different: the lines, or lack thereof.

"There's a lot less people here than I expected for Wednesday before Thanksgiving," said Kristin Kaltenstadler.

"I was expecting lines out the door," said Lisa Warrilow. "I'm really happy with the current situation."

Warrilow breezed through check-in, and hopes the rest of her trip is just as painless. She's flying to Los Angeles to see family and friends.

"This is traditional," said Warrilow. "All our family is coming in. I think there's a couple of weird aunties, too. We're going to see what happens. Definitely turkey, mashed potatoes, everything."

Chuck Bradbery can't wait to dig in to all the fix-ins, either.

He hasn't stepped foot on a plane in 25 years, but his experience at CVG on Wednesday might make him a frequent flier.

"I I figured it would be a bigger crowd than what we had today," said Bradbery. "Maybe they'll come in later through the holidays."

Or maybe not. Data on CVG's website reveals about 20-percent fewer people flew into and out of CVG in 2011 than in 2010.

Airport spokesperson Barb Schempf said volume for this year's Thanksgiving travel was still high. She pinned the short quick lines on a few programs the airport has recently put in place, including having a concierge in the TSA security line.

"Just really to help you decide what line should I go in?," Schempf said. "What do I need to do once I get up to the security bins? What should I take off? Anything we can do to help the customer experience and get them to their gate and their destination."

On Wednesday, passengers were able to make it through security lines in abut 15 minutes on average. Travelers are advised to get to the airport at least an hour before a domestic flight.

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