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Thanksgiving holiday brings thousands of travelers to Columbus airports 

Panoramic view of the airfield at John Glenn International Airport.

COLUMBUS, OH – Ahead of the busy Thanksgiving travel period, the Columbus Regional Airport Authority is projecting nearly 200,000 scheduled departing airline seats between Wednesday, November 16 and Tuesday, November 29 for John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) and the Rickenbacker Passenger Terminal (LCK).

Busiest travel daysScheduled departing airline seats
Tuesday, Nov. 2214,500
Wednesday, Nov. 2314,500
Sunday, Nov. 2715,000
Monday, Nov. 2814,600

To prepare travelers, helpful tips from booking to boarding are available at, including these reminders:

  • Arrive early – at least 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights and two hours for international.
  • Pack smart – visit to see what you can bring through security.
  • Travel smart – download your airline’s mobile app to check in for your flight, download a mobile boarding pass, and get status updates.
  • Visit – to view parking information, check shop and restaurant hours, and start planning your next trip to one of nearly 50 nonstop destinations.

AAA, The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Columbus Regional Airport Authority will hold a media availability to kick-off the busy Thanksgiving travel weekend.

With extra crowds on the roads and in the airports this holiday, local organizations are coming together to let travelers know what they can expect during their Thanksgiving travels.

WHO:AAA, ODOT, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, TSA and the Columbus Regional Airport Authority  
WHAT:2022 Thanksgiving Travel Kickoff  
WHEN:Tuesday, November 22 at 10 a.m.  
WHERE:Center of the John Glenn International Airport (CMH) ticketing lobby near Concourse B Media parking

About CRAA

The Columbus Regional Airport Authority connects Ohio with the world by managing and operating passenger-focused John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH), cargo-focused Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK), and general aviation airport Bolton Field (TZR). Columbus travelers have access to 53 nonstop destinations via CMH and LCK, more than ever before in airport history. Visit our destinations page to see where we’re flying and stay connected with CRAA online.

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