EL PASO, TX – El Paso International Airport (ELP) anticipates an increase in passenger traffic during the Thanksgiving vacation season.
To date, the airport has seen a 9% increase in passenger traffic compared to the same time last year, and a 19% increase compared to the same time in 2019, before the pandemic.
The Thanksgiving travel season will begin on Friday, November 17 and conclude on Tuesday, November 28. During this 12-day period, ELP will have nearly 85,000 seats available, the Airport reported, with the busiest days being Wednesday the 22nd and Monday the 27th.
To help passengers have a smooth and enjoyable trip, the airport offers the following travel tips:
Plan ahead by visiting TSA.gov to review the list of prohibited items, as well as identification requirements, as well as consult FlyELP.com to review the Airport’s hours of operation. The terminal remains limited to ticketed passengers with a departing flight within 4 hours, between 3:30 a.m. and the last flight departure of the day. Exceptions apply to passengers with special needs requiring assistance.
Another recommendation is to arrive at least two hours before departure time, with a maximum of four hours. This will give you plenty of time to wait in lines and ensure a stress-free experience.
They were also invited to inquire about parking options. Passengers were encouraged to familiarize themselves with recent changes made to ELP parking. Changes include fees, updates to the disabled veteran policy, and the addition of the West Lot, which is paid exclusively via mobile device.
Also, the mobile waiting lot was urged to be a good way to pick up guests. Just park in the parking lot located at the corner of American and Piper. Once your travelers have claimed their luggage and are ready and waiting at the curb, ask them to call you and you can drive to them in a couple of minutes.