HIA Expects 17,500 Passengers for July 4th Weekend

(Middletown, PA – June 28, 2022) – The busy summer travel season is expected to continue over the July 4th weekend as Harrisburg International Airport expects 17,500 passengers to fly to and from Harrisburg International Airport (HIA), between Friday, July 1st and Tuesday, July 5th, 2022. 

“This holiday weekend, traffic will be around 93% of 2019’s record,” said Timothy J. Edwards, Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority executive director.  “With five airlines offering nonstop flights to 16 destinations, and connections to destinations around the world, this could be the second busiest July 4th weekend in airport history.”

Edwards stated Friday, July 1st should be the busiest day (4,100 passengers) followed by Sunday, July 4th (3,900), and Friday, July 3rd (3,700 passengers). 

July 4th weekend travel tips:    

  1. Download your airline app on your mobile phone to stay up to date on flight times/delays.
  2. Know your airline’s carry-on and checked baggage rules and regulations.
  3. Know what to pack and where.  Visit http://www.tsa.gov before arriving at the airport.
  4. Have all travel documents organized and ready the night before departure
  5. Departing passengers using the long-term parking lot ($10 per day) should arrive two hours before their scheduled departure time.
  6. Departing passengers using the parking garage ($15 per day) should arrive 90-minutes before their scheduled departure time.
  7. All checked bags must be turned in to your airline at least 45 minutes before departure time.
  8. The TSA Security Checkpoint line is the longest between 4:30 and 6:30 am as 30% of daily passengers leave on flights before 8:00 am. 
  9. Dress in comfortable clothing and wear sensible shoes.
  10. Explain to younger children what to expect at the airport, at the security checkpoint and on the airplane.  Bring snacks and silent games/books to keep them entertained while in flight.

As of May 31st, 492,266 passengers had used HIA, up 63% vs 2021 and at 85% of 2019’s record. 

Media Inquiries: Contact, Scott Miller
(717) 948-3900 ext. 4620

About Harrisburg International Airport:

Five airlines serve Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) offering nearly 40 peak day flights to and from 16 nonstop destinations.  The Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (SARAA) owns HIA, Capital City Executive Airport in New Cumberland and both Franklin County and Gettysburg Regional Airports.  Incorporated in 1997, SARAA is a multi-municipal authority whose mission is to serve the region by providing high quality, efficient airports and promoting regional economic development.  Combined these four facilities handle about 80,000 aircraft operations and generate a total economic output of more than $990 million annually.

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