If you’re a traveler planning to fly out of Miami or Fort Lauderdale during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, here’s a word to the wise: Do not leave home at the last minute.
Miami International Airport’s parking garages are nearing full capacity — and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport isn’t too far behind.
“We’re experiencing an increase in travelers, and our garages are reaching capacity,” the Miami airport tweeted at 1:15 p.m.
The airport is asking people to arrive at least three hours before their flight — and to consider alternate ways of transportation.
Greg Chin, communications director at the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, said there were still parking spaces available late Wednesday afternoon.
We're experiencing an increase in travelers, and our garages are reaching capacity. Please arrive at least 3 hours before your flight and consider alternate ways to get to MIA.
: https://t.co/yBkoMjosGh#MIATravelTip: https://t.co/bFNNtdpbYP pic.twitter.com/LeTXxcTDXD
— Miami Int'l Airport (@iflymia) November 23, 2022
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s short- and long-term parking garages are full, the airport tweeted around noon. The airport is directing long-term parkers to its nearby overflow lot.
“Due to busy roadways, add 90 minutes extra for the commute to/from the Overflow Lot to the airport,” the airport said.
For real-time parking availability at the Fort Lauderdale airport, download the FLL Airport App on your mobile device.
Millions of travelers expected for Thanksgiving
The Miami airport is planning to see 1.8 million passengers from Nov. 18 through Tuesday, with the busiest days expected to be Nov. 20 and the weekend after Thanksgiving. The airport says it could see more than 160,000 passengers on each of these days.
The Fort Lauderdale airport expects to see about 690,000 travelers starting Nov. 22 and lasting through Monday. That projected number is 14% more passengers than compared to last year, but fewer than before COVID. FLL says the busiest days will be Wednesday, followed by the Sunday and Monday after Thanksgiving.
#ParkingUpdate: #FLL's short-term & long-term parking garages are currently full. For long-term parkers, follow the orange signs to our Overflow Parking Lot until further notice. Due to busy roadways, add 90 minutes extra for the commute to/from the Overflow Lot to the airport. pic.twitter.com/3nFBV9edt1
— Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport (FLL) (@FLLFlyer) November 23, 2022
Miami Herald writer Michelle Marchante contributed to this report.