RDU Offers Annual Holiday Travel Tips

RDU AIRPORT, N.C. –Thanksgiving holiday travel kicks off today at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. More than 265,000 people are expected to travel in and out of RDU today through Mon., Nov. 30. An increase over the 250,000 who traveled through RDU last year during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period.

  • The busiest days will be Tues., Nov. 24. Wed., Nov. 25 and Sun., Nov 29. On each of these days, approximately 30,000 passengers will travel through RDU.
  • Passengers are reminded to check flight status before leaving for the airport.
  • Inclement weather across the country can impact flights at RDU. Officials recommend travelers check their flight status by calling their airline’s customer service number or by visiting their airline’s website before coming to the airport.
  • Passengers can also follow RDU on Twitter for information on weather impacts, holiday events and activities and travel tips. RDU is on Twitter at @RDUairport (twitter.com/rduairport).

Parking at RDU
RDU offers travelers and visitors nearly 20,000 parking spaces, with more than 11,000 located within walking distance of the terminals. Electronic signs will be posted at the major entrances to the airport to provide motorists information on available parking.

Daily parking in the garage and Park and Ride 3 may fill up on peak days due to the number of passengers traveling this year. Motorists are advised that additional parking is available in Park and Ride 4 located in the cargo area. More parking information can be found on RDU’s web site.

Holiday Music Series
RDU will once again host its popular holiday music series. Sixteen musical groups will perform for passengers as part of this annual event, which will feature the popular Christmas Tubas who will provide holiday music in the Terminal 2 baggage claim on Sun., Nov. 29.

View the complete schedule.

Top Travel Tips

  • Arrive early.
    RDU recommends arriving at the airport at least two hours before your flight is scheduled to board.
  • Be prepared for security checkpoint.
    Before proceeding through the checkpoint, remove coats, jackets, blazers and shoes. All metal objects, including cell phones and laptops, should be placed in carry-on luggage or in the containers provided at the checkpoint. More information can be found on the TSA’s website.
  • Place all valuables in your carry-on luggage. 
    Carry medicine, cash, jewelry, electronic devices and other important and valuable items with you onto the plane.
  • Limit liquids and gels in your carry-on luggage.
    Remember these numbers: 3-1-1. Only liquids and gels in 3.4-ounce or smaller containers are permitted in carry-on luggage. All containers must fit in one clear, sealed plastic bag that is no larger than one quart. Place the bag in the gray bin at the checkpoint for inspection.
  • Limit carry-on items.
    Each traveler is permitted to take one bag and one personal item, such as a purse or briefcase, through the security checkpoint.
  • Follow electronic signs to available parking.
    Electronic signs located at the airport will guide you to parking areas with available spaces.

Tips for Families

  • Allow extra time for the security screening process when traveling with small children.
  • Remove babies and children from their infant carriers and strollers before proceeding through the metal detector.
  • Place all child-related luggage and equipment on the x-ray machine.
  • Make arrangements for children traveling alone. Only ticketed passengers are permitted past security checkpoint; however, arrangements may be made for non-travelers to accompany children. Contact your airline to make arrangements.

For more travel tips, visit www.rdu.com.