DFW Airport crowds returning to near pre-pandemic levels

More people are flying than last Thanksgiving and crowds at DFW Airport are almost back to pre-pandemic levels.

DFW Airport expects to see 2.3 million passengers in the last part of November, that's 70 percent more than last year and 95 percent of pre-pandemic levels.

DFW Airport is expecting 2.3 million passengers to pass through the airport around Thanksgiving this year. The total from November 18 through November 29 is 70% more than last year and 95% of the total from 2019.

"I'm headed to Little Rock, Arkansas for a family gathering," one man said as he walked into Terminal C. "This is the first time I've been on a plane in more than two years. It's going to be interesting."

"I'm back on the travel route, and things are back to normal, now," a woman heading to Portland, Oregon said.

Wednesday, American Airlines had 834 flights scheduled in and out of DFW. The airport was expecting a total of 256,000 Wednesday alone.

DFW is urging people to arrive two hours before their departure since so many passengers have not flown since the pandemic started and may be slower moving through security. The airport posts expected wait times at each security checkpoint along with wait times at neighboring checkpoints. People can also check wait times on the airport's app or at dfwairport.com.

Because of expected demand, prepaid parking is not available from November 19-27.

While many passengers have not flown during the pandemic, others who have say they miss shorter lines.

"Today's going to be a test of the system, that's for sure," a man traveling to Jacksonville, FL said.

Many people are traveling today, but DFW expects even more Sunday, with almost 259,000 people expected to fly in and out of the airport.

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