Eugene Airport braces for busy summer travel

An airline industry trade group is predicting this summer will be the busiest on record, and the Eugene Airport is already seeing an increase.

Posted: May 24, 2018 4:39 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- If you're flying out for a little summer vacation this year, pack your patience. Airlines for America, an airline industry trade group, is predicting this summer will be the busiest on record and projects more than two-and-a-half million travelers around the country will take flight each day this summer.

The Eugene Airport is already seeing more passengers than usual. Cathryn Stephens, a spokeswoman for the airport, says they have already seen a 17 percent increase this spring and they’re on track for a seventh record. Stephens says they'll be able to keep up with the demand thanks to recent improvements, including parking and the TSA pre-check.

“For a long time Portland was the airport of choice and Eugene was a fallback, and now I think Eugene has become the airport of choice for a lot of people,” traveler Shirley Cairns said.

According to Airlines for America, national carriers are adding 116,000 seats per day to accommodate the extra passengers. Even though the Eugene Airport isn't as big as PDX, officials say you still need to show up two hours early.

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