Super Bowl After-Party: Not at DFW Airport
By Ted Reed 02/05/11 - 10:00 AM EST
DALLAS (TheStreet) -- No doubt attending the Super Bowl will be fun, but the day after could be trying -- especially at the airport.
Monday is projected to be the busiest day in the history of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as hub carrier American(AMR_) and partner American Eagle expect to carry about 40,000 originating passengers, 10,000 more than average. That does not include passengers changing planes on American, which carries about three quarters of the airport's traffic.
American is advising passengers to arrive three hours early for their flights. The airport anticipates that its buses will carry three times their normal loads, and the Transportation Security Administration is also gearing up for heavy crowds. Ticket counters, security check points and concessions in Terminal D and part of Terminal B will be staffed all night Sunday into Monday, and American Terminals A and C will open at 3 a.m. Monday.
Although the weather was bad and flights were limited in Dallas on Friday, American made sure that all flights from Pittsburgh and Chicago were given priority, said American spokesman Ed Martelle.
-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.