Spring break, Easter travel create long lines at Bradley Airport

WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) – A combination of spring break and Easter travel led to long lines at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks on Friday morning. Many travel experts said people have been taking their first real vacations since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Bradley officials told Channel 3 that […]

WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) – A combination of spring break and Easter travel led to long lines at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks on Friday morning.

Many travel experts said people have been taking their first real vacations since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Bradley officials told Channel 3 that they’ve been seeing huge spring break crowds since last week, but they expected an especially big surge Friday through Sunday as spring break and the Easter holiday converged.

For those who are flying, they stressed that there’s is no reason to panic. However, they advised just being smart about it.

They recommended arriving a little earlier because the security lines have been longer lately, especially prior to morning departures. Also, travelers should double check their flight status before arriving at the airport, have all their tickets and identifications ready to go to keep the lines moving smoothly, and add a little extra time to find parking because some lots will be full.

Another option would be to download airline phone apps to make sure travelers get notifications about any possible changes.

Travelers Channel 3 spoke with were still in a pretty good moods Friday morning, but they admitted the length of the lines did catch them off guard.

“I’m very excited. I’m thrilled to get away. [I’m] going towards warmer weather,” said Chris Anderson, traveler. “If he had to take a little more time at the airport [rather than] driving 24 hours to Florida, so it’s still quicker than driving.”

“It’s exciting. I mean, we’ve been looking forward to it for a while now and just that feeling of getting stuff packed up and going somewhere warm and exciting,” said Natasha Lacroix of Middletown.

Airport officials sought to remind travelers that as they are packing, they need to remember their masks. They are still required at the airport and on the plane, per federal requirements.

Many travel experts said people have been taking their first real vacations since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

So many people are excited to travel, especially those who waited for the pandemic to be more controlled.

For the most part, experts say people are travelling inside the country or headed to the Caribbean

Ines Linares is travelling to Florida.

“I am going to go visit my son and hopefully we will get some things checked out while I am there and I am just glad to be getting away from work,” said Linares.

She’s heading to Florida for vacation, and so are the McMannon’s. On arrival they are hopping on a cruise.

“Yesterday we zoomed with Royal Caribbean to test negative so pretty confident everybody on the ship will be safe so,” said Katie McMannon.

More than 2 million people went through TSA yesterday across the country.

That’s a big jump from the more than 800,000 last year.

Experts say Florida, the Caribbean and the West Coast have been popular.

Trips to Europe are set to pick up in the summer.

As for hotels, most of their customers have been for business. Leisure is slowly picking up.

Spring travel rush at airports

Bradley officials told Channel 3 that they’ve been seeing huge spring break crowds since last week.

A combination of spring break and Easter travel led to long lines at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks on Friday morning.

https://www.westernmassnews.com/2022/04/15/spring-break-easter-travel-create-long-lines-bradley-airport/

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