Spring break has begun for public schools in Jefferson County and other surrounding school systems, so travel is on people’s minds in Kentuckiana.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Spring break has begun for public schools in Jefferson County and other surrounding school systems, so travel is on people’s minds in Kentuckiana.

Public relations director Natalie Chaudoin said their capacity levels were 99 per cent of what they were in 2019, which she said was their “best year ever”. She said there was a chance they could set a travel record this year.

With 35,000 departing seats expected from March 31 to April 4 alone, Chaudoin said it was busy, but it was also good for the airport.

“You know, this is a very positive sign for Louisville,” Chaudoin said. “Last year we added two new airlines, 15 new routes.”

But how do travelers manage traffic?

Traveler Jennifer Sparks said she had to consider both the price and the availability of the limited flights. And, she had to arrive early.

“Last time I flew I was shocked to see the lines and so this time I said I had to get here two hours early,” Sparks said.

Another problem that comes with the busy travel season is the availability of rental cars.

“The lines are out of the wazoo. So trying to wait patiently, hopefully the rental is there. But we don’t know,” traveler Dee Slaughter said.

Slaughter said she was driving to Gulf Shores.

While at the airport, she decided to check out shorter lines, however, these companies said there was no walk-in inventory.

“I’m just worried that you know, yeah, I got a reservation, but that doesn’t really mean 100% that’s what’s going on,” Slaughter said.

Chaudoin says there are ways to avoid the headaches that come with travel.

“The best thing you can do is check in online at home, most airlines allow you to check in at least 24 hours in advance,” Chaudoin said.

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