Short lines at Louisville airport on busy travel day

By Elizabeth Donatelli - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year, but the early morning crowds were light at Louisville International Airport.

"I know it can be really crazy, so I took a little extra time to get here this morning, busiest travel day right?" asked traveler Matrid Ndife as she hopped out of a cab.

Thanksgiving eve is usually one of the busiest travel days of the year in Kentucky, second only to Derby and spring break. But travelers passing through the Louisville International Airport Wednesday were pleasantly surprised.

"I'm a little surprised by the lack of people," said Robert Barnes, who was heading to Houston with his family. "I fly a lot. Usually, it's busier here on a Monday."

Air travel was down seven percent in September and four percent in October. The airlines haven't cut flights from Louisville International Airport, but they are using smaller aircraft.

"They have matched their capacity, their number of seats, to the current demand due to the economy," said for the Louisville Regional Airport Authority spokesperson Trish Burke. "So what passengers are going to see is ... full flights."

Those who are flying are buying less expensive flights on non-peak hours and days, which spreads out the crowds. Still there were some lines with people heading to many different places.

Kay Stamper travels to Japan every year, connecting though Dallas. She leaves the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and returns the Monday after the holiday.

We also ran into the Louisville Cardinals Women's Basketball team, on their way to Cancun for a tournament.

Regardless of the destination, fewer people are hitting the skies this Thanksgiving, which could be a sign of things to come for people planning to travel around Christmas.

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