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RDU expecting 'Thanksgiving-like' travel numbers this weekend

Posted May 12

— Officials with Raleigh-Durham International Airport said Friday that travelers should show up two hours early on what's expected to be an exceptionally busy Mother's Day weekend.

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The airport said it expects as many as 147,000 people to pass through the facility by Monday, numbers close to the Thanksgiving weekend.

RDU normally serves about 30,000 travelers each day, with most of them being business travelers. Airport spokesman Andrew Sawyer said officials are expecting more families in the airport this weekend.

"Through this entire region, we have some of our major universities that are graduating and some of our smaller colleges as well," Sawyer said. "We draw a lot of people from a long way away, and we're happy to serve them."

The Park RDU Central lot was near capacity at 8:30 a.m. Friday, but the Park RDU Premier, Park RDU Economy 3 and Park RDU Economy 4 lots were open.

Two morning flights, one to Boston and another to Newark, were delayed Friday morning, but no other issues were being reported.

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