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Clinton National Expects Large Crowds for Thanksgiving Travel

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(KATV, Source: Clinton Nat'l Airport) Little Rock - Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is expecting high passenger volume during the Thanksgiving Week.  More than 30,000 passengers are expected during the period, which runs through Sunday, November 25th.  According to projections released by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the airport will be at least 2.5 percent busier this Thanksgiving over last year's holiday.

Sunday, November 25th will be the most crowded with 4,680 enplaned, or departing passengers, followed by the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 21th with 4,283 passengers. The projection does not include arriving passengers to the airport. The Thanksgiving Holiday Week is the busiest time of the year for the state's largest airport.

Those using Clinton National will notice massive construction underway in the ticket lobby.  All airline ticket counters are in operation, and construction is not expected to slow down passengers. 

Throughout the holiday travel season, the airport will see more leisure passengers, many of whom do not travel often.  Passengers are asked to follow the following tips to help ensure they arrive at their destination on-time and as stress-free as possible.

  • Be at the airport at least an hour and a half before your flight.  This will allow time to check-in, handle any security waits and be at the gate on time as most flights are expected to be full.


  • Travelers may bring one carry-on bag and one personal item, such as a purse or laptop.


  • Liquids, gels and aerosols as carry-ones must be in: three ounce containers or smaller that are placed in a one quart, clear plastic zip-top bag.  Limit one zip-top bag per passenger.


  • Do not wrap gifts as officers may have to search contents of packages.


  • Before leaving home, check your air carrier's website to make sure your flight is on-time and check-in online if possible. However, those checking luggage will still need to stop at the airline ticket counter.


  • For quick pick-up, customers may use the 30-minute metered parking in front of the terminal and baggage claim.


  • Clinton National provides a free cell phone parking lot for drivers waiting for passengers. Motorists may avoid looping around the terminal by using the lot at the former Aerospace Education Center located on Roosevelt Road.