Valdosta Regional Airport expects more holiday travelers this year
Valdosta Regional Airport Manager Jim Galloway
Passengers waiting for their flight at Valdosta Regional Airport
Dan Conrad, flying out of Valdosta Regional Airport to Rochester, New York
Flight taxiing down the runway having just landed at Valdosta Regional Airport
Passengers exiting their plane after landing at Valdosta Regional Airport
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
Traveling during the holidays, especially flying, can easily become a big hassle. And this year may be no exception.
Jim Galloway, Airport Manager at Valdosta Regional Airport, said he is expecting the level of travel at the airport this holiday season to be more like it was several years ago.
"We expect to be, um, as busy as we were maybe a couple of years ago," Galloway said. "Last year, it was a little bit slow and we're not really sure why."
Galloway speculated that the increased traffic this year may be due in part to Thanksgiving. "Last year, Thanksgiving was early so it was more spread out. I think this year, with Thanksgiving being late and closer to Christmas, I think we will see an increase here," Galloway said.
Galloway said regardless of how busy the airport is or isn't this holiday season, he and his staff are always working to ensure passengers have the best experience. He said during his time as Airport Manager, he really hasn't experienced any issues with the increased travel this time of year.
"No, there haven't really been challenges," Galloway pointed out. "In fact, kind of our mantra for flying out of Valdosta is 'hassle free flying'."
Passengers, too, understand the airports are busier this time of year.
Dan Conrad is flying back to Rochester, New York, and said the bigger crowds this time of year are a concern, but they won't stop him from getting where he needs to go.
"Make sure you get there early to avoid the crowds. It gets crowded sometimes," Conrad said.
Other airport passengers stressed having patience as the key to making it through the airport during the holidays.
One thing that may make keep from losing your patience while fighting the crowds is knowing that you can lose yourself in your electronic devices once you get on the plane.
Conrad said he likes the idea because it may keep him from missing an important phone call.
"I think it's good," said Conrad. "'Cause I use to always turn off my phone and forget to turn it back on so sometimes I'd go a day or so without having my phone on."