Thanksgiving Snarls Traffic at Airport, on Highways

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More than 60,000 travelers were expected to pass through the San Diego International Airport on Wednesday, making it one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Still, several people who spoke to NBC 7 said traveling through the airport seemed relatively smooth.

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be,” said Rachel De La Cruz, who flew to San Diego from San Jose.

It was pretty “stress-free traveling,” echoed Pilar De La Cruz, also flying in from San Jose.

On San Diego County highways and freeways on Wednesday afternoon, traffic was especially slow heading north on Interstate 5 near Del Mar, heading south on the 805 and east on Interstate 8.

The eve of Thanksgiving is considered one of the busiest times for travel, and while San Diego’s airport wasn’t reporting any issues, officials were still recommending travelers give themselves extra time before their flight.

Rebecca Bloomfield, spokeswoman for San Diego’s airport, said travelers were being encouraged to arrive an hour and a half early for domestic flights and two and half hours early for international flights.

Inclement weather on the East Coast was delaying or forcing the cancellation of some flights. Even if San Diego travelers weren’t heading east, they were still being encouraged to check their flight status, since some planes and flight crews were coming from the East Coast.

One positive with Thanksgiving travel: The San Diego airport was offering a $2 discount on parking in the economy lot. Details are here.

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