CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Officials at Charlotte Douglas Airport are warning Thanksgiving travelers to plan ahead before coming to the airport this week.
Bad weather is causing some delays across the country, and it’s having a ripple effect.
Also, they caution visitors that the recent construction of roads and parking garages around the airport may make it difficult to navigate, especially for motorists unfamiliar with the changes.
“It is more challenging than has been in previous years,” said Herbert Judon, assistant Aviation Director.
“During the holidays, you have a lot of inexperienced travelers who haven't been to the airport as much as those experienced ones,” he said.
The construction has also resulted in 4,000 fewer parking spots this holiday season, while flights are expected to be at 85 percent capacity.
The confusion doesn’t just impact passengers. Many travelers in the daily parking deck on Monday were coming to pick up loved ones flying in for the Thanksgiving holiday.
“We actually went to the arrivals section, and we didn't even know where to go, we had to ask somebody,” said Jasmine Meyer, visiting to pick up her grandma.
Airport officials recommend visitors should check here for real-time updates about the parking lots.