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4:49 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Little Rock's Airport Expects To See Decline In Passengers This Holiday Season

Bill and Hillary Clinton Airport Sign
Credit Jason Burt / Arkansas Business

Passenger traffic at Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is expected to be down about five percent this holiday season compared to last year.

The Transportation Security Administration estimates 40,663 people will fly out of the airport between Friday and January 1.  The busiest day is expected to be Saturday, Dec. 21, when nearly 4,000 people will be departing.

"Traffic is already picking up," airport Spokesman Shane Carter said Friday, "but as we move through the next few days, of course Christmas will be busy for us."

The decline of about five percent is consistent with the volume of travel seen overall this year at Little Rock's airport.

Travelers are encouraged to arrive at least 90 minutes before their departure. It's also suggested that people not to wrap gifts because they may need to be opened and inspected by security agents.