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Lincoln Airport sees a boost in travelers over Thanksgiving

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By: Kayla Bremer
kbremer@klkntv.com

The Lincoln Airport is smaller than most, but this weekend they've been busy with holiday travelers.  The Sunday after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest traveling days of the year.

Millions of American's drive and fly to destinations around the country to be with family for Thanksgiving.  It's known to be a nightmare for many at the airport, waiting in lines and dealing with flight delays.

"I think this year was one of the craziest years I've had," Beth Litwak said.  "The thing about Chicago was it was just so packed that nobody could find a seat.  There were people sitting on the floor, there were people walking right up next to each other all bunched together in the hallways..."

For others, the journey to be with family was a little more enjoyable.

"It wasn't bad," Daniel Cunningham said.  "It seems a little over hyped.  There wasn't nearly as much traffic as we were expecting...we didn't really get held up or anything of that nature."

Even locally, the Lincoln Airport has seen more people coming and going than usual.  An airport spokesman says Lincoln's flights are usually 80 percent full on a daily basis, but during Thanksgiving, they're completely booked.

Betty Gilg and her husband have traveled many times during the holidays and they say this year wasn't one to complain about.

"You know we have been in airports when it's been kind of bad so I think it has to do with the weather and the fact that the weather was pretty calm this time that you know it didn't cause any hiccups or major outages anywhere across the country," Gilg said.

Nearly 45 million Americans were expected to be driving or flying from last Wednesday through Sunday according to AAA's yearly analysis.

Luckily, travelers had fairly decent weather and not too many airport delays, especially here in Lincoln.

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