Independence Day weekend may feel anything but liberating for air travelers this year

David Lyons, South Florida Sun Sentinel on

Published in Business News

Still, the airport expects an average of 86,724 daily passengers during the six-day holiday travel period.

Miami International Airport said it expects “record-high travel” this weekend.

The airport is projecting more than 725,000 travelers from Thursday, June 30 to Monday, July 4, which would make the holiday weekend its busiest ever. The airport said it is averaging 145,000 passengers per day, compared to 125,000 per day during last year’s holiday weekend.

MIA is urging travelers to arrive at least three hours before a domestic flight and three and a half hours before an international flight to allow time for parking, check-in, and security screening.

Palm Beach International Airport did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

As usual, South Florida’s volatile summer weather will help dictate whether airlines schedules will be met or disrupted.


Weather outlook

According to the National Weather Service in Miami, “scattered to locally numerous showers and thunderstorms will remain possible through the end of the week,” with strong storms possible “with gusty winds, heavy rainfall, and frequent lightning.”

“The highest chances of thunderstorms will be late in the week with a return to a more typical summer pattern forecast by late in the weekend and into the early part of next week,” the service reported on its website Thursday.

Severe weather in one part of the country can cause delays nationally. The extended forecast for Sunday through next Thursday calls for scattered showers and storms across the Southeast this weekend.


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