Workers at Kansas City International Airport are gearing up for the annual Thanksgiving holiday travel rush. Airport officials suggest that travelers are prepared and arrive early. To keep things at the terminal curbs running smoothly, KCI Airport Police Traffic Control Officers will strictly enforce parking restrictions, according to a press release.

Airlines for America, the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, projects that 27.3 million passengers will fly during the Thanksgiving travel period. A4A expects the number of passengers traveling from Nov. 18 through Tuesday, Nov. 29, to increase by 2.5 percent from 2015, and airlines are adding seats to meet growing demand. Daily passenger volumes will range from 1.5 million to 2.8 million, with the busiest travel days in ranked order expected to be Sunday, Nov. 27; Monday, Nov. 28; and Wednesday, Nov. 23. The lightest travel day is expected to be Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24.

The Kansas City Aviation Department expects to serve more than 424,000 passengers on 3,630 flights (arriving and departing) at KCI Airport during the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday period. Nearly 39,000 passengers are expected to use the airport on 353 flights (arriving and departing) on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the peak day. Due to larger aircraft and additional flights, the Aviation Department is expecting a 10.5 percent increase in passengers from the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday period.

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