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El Paso International Airport braces for busy holiday travel season

EL PASO, TX (KVIA) -- El Paso International Airport says they expect approximately 86,000 travelers to depart between December 22 and January 2.

To ensure smooth travels, airport officials advise to:

  • Arrive early, aiming for a 2 to 4-hour window before your flight's departure.
  • Plan ahead by checking for prohibited items and ID requirements to expedite security checks.
  • Review parking options and policies at before your trip.
  • Utilize the cell phone waiting lot for hassle-free guest pickups.

The early morning rush Friday morning was between 4:30 a.m. - 5:30 a.m. ABC-7 crew spoke to travelers, one said, "This is an eye opener. I know it gets crazy during the holidays, but, yeah, I didn't realize it'd be like this."

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