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Augusta airport makes travel efficient, safer in time for holidays

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 5:24 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - With Thanksgiving nearly here, travelers who are flying home can expect some changes at Augusta Regional Airport.

“I think people are excited to be able to go and see their family that they haven’t seen in almost two years at this point,” said Lauren Smith, Augusta Regional Airport public relations and customer service manager.

The excitement and hustle and bustle are back as many people take to the skies once again.

Smith says the airport is expecting pre-pandemic crowds.

“We have been very fortunate with our passenger numbers post pandemic. We bounced back a lot quicker than the average airport. As far as holiday travel, talking with the airlines, it looks like most flights are 90 percent booked if not more for the whole week,” she said.

Smith says not only are airport officials happy to see those numbers go up, but she says passengers can also expect some changes to make the traveling experience as safe and efficient as possible.

Airport officials want the public to know about two new amenities.

New baggage carousels allow larger bags, increased capacity and greater reliability. This project also includes outbound baggage conveyance systems, two airline baggage service offices and new terrazzo flooring.

“Any airport after you depart, you have to go through one type of tunneling system. We now have equipment that helps ease that process and also has a stronger security aspect for it,” Smith said.

A new security system ensures that makes sure people exit lanes are only used for exiting. This keeps people from getting into gate areas without going through the security checkpoint.

“Another thing that passengers are really going to love to see is the baggage claim project completed, so with that we have two larger carrousels; it’s a wider-open concept in baggage claim,” she said.

Of course you should still give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport and get through the security checkpoint. Mask mandates are also still in place for airlines.

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