Traveling For The Holidays? Columbus Airport Officials Share Tips

John Glenn Columbus International Airport is about to get very, very busy.

In fact, the Columbus Regional Airport Authority is predicting that Thanksgiving travel will be the busiest travel days since the start of the pandemic.

There are roughly 155,500 airline seats scheduled to depart CMH between Thursday, November 18 and Monday, November 29. That makes up for 84% of flight activity during a similar time in 2019 and up 45% from last year.

The busiest travel days will be November 23-24 and November 28-29, so if your planning on heading out of Columbus, listen up.

Before you head to the airport, your first step should be heading over to for everything you need to know to plan a healthy trip. Masks are required on the shuttle buses, in the airport, and aboard aircraft, so be sure to bring a few extras just in case. You can also bring liquid hand sanitizer (up to 12 ounces) in your carry-on bags.

Parking can add some time to your airport experience, so be sure to plan accordingly. CMH parking lot shuttles depart for the terminal every 15-18 minutes and if you sign up for ezPark, you can have faster entry and exit from CMH parking lots and garages.

In order to leave plenty of time to get through ticketing and security, airport officials recommend that you arrive two hours before your departure for domestic flights and three hours for international flights.

“We’re pleased to be welcoming so many travelers through our doors this holiday season,” said Joseph R. Nardone, President & CEO of CRAA. “Especially for those who will be visiting family and friends for the first time in over a year, we want to help make sure the air travel experience goes smoothly.”

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