Record Number of Passengers Expected at RDU This Weekend

Mother’s Day and College Graduations Cause Spike in Air Travel

Raleigh-Durham International Airport expects a record number of passengers between Thursday and Monday as travelers celebrate college graduations and Mother’s Day weekend. More than 40,000 daily passengers are projected at RDU on Thursday, Friday and Monday, a nearly 13 percent increase over the same days last week. Peak travel is expected on Monday morning and weekend totals are projected to exceed 150,000 passengers.

“We encourage everyone to pack their patience during this busy travel weekend,” said Michael Landguth, President and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. “Travelers can save time and money by booking their parking at least 24 hours in advance.”

With the increased number of passengers, the best way to travel is to stay informed and arrive early. Travelers now can book space in all RDU parking options, including the new Express lot, in advance by creating an account at Passengers should plan to arrive at least two hours before a domestic flight and follow roadway signage for real-time parking status changes. Parking status signs are located roadside near each airport entrance.

Terminal curbs will be busier than usual and lines at security checkpoints will be longer than normal throughout the weekend. Visitors who are picking up family and friends are strongly encouraged to use the free Cell Lot while they await traveler arrival. For more tips to keep you traveling happy, visit