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Friday will be the busiest day this summer at DFW, so get there early

As many as 220,000 travelers are expected at DFW Airport on Friday.
As many as 220,000 travelers are expected at DFW Airport on Friday.

Getting out of town for the 4th of July holiday weekend?

A lot of North Texans seem to have the same idea.

Friday is expected to be the busiest day of the summer at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, with as many as 220,000 travelers passing through the airport. For the holiday weekend, DFW predicts that 3 percent more travelers will fly away than last year. Typically, busy Thanksgiving and Christmas travel days average around 200,000 travelers per day at DFW.

“Our team is ready and we’re glad that the traffic is up,” said DFW Airport’s chief executive Sean Donohue at Thursday’s board meeting.

The airport recently opened a new parking garage at Terminal E and now offers mobile ordering for customers who want to place food orders before they arrive at the airport or while they are taxiing to the gate.

During busy travel times, like this weekend, the airport recommends arriving at least two hours before your flight departs so there’s enough time to park and get through security checkpoints in time to make the flight.

AAA Texas forecasts that 3.2 million Texans will travel this weekend, also up 3.2 percent. Nationally, a record 44.2 million American will travel more than 50 miles away from home for the holiday weekend. Gas prices are slightly lower than the same time last year as Texas’ average price per gallon is $2.09.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk