Northwest Arkansas holiday travel is expected to approach pre-pandemic levels | Tech US News

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Northwest Arkansas National Airport is expecting a good amount of travel this holiday season, which means you should book flights soon if you plan to fly, XNA spokesman Alex English told Axios.

By the numbers: XNA had about 157,000 passengers in October, up from 172,000 in October 2019.

  • Context: Those numbers dropped to 63,000 in 2020 and 146,000 in 2021. This includes people flying both to and from XNA, meaning those who flew both ways in the same month were counted more than once.

What they are saying: English recommends booking tickets six to eight weeks in advance, especially if you want the lowest price, as flights are already filling up. He also recommends arriving at the airport two hours before your flight because the transit hub is busier during the holidays.

What follows: XNA is moving forward with projects such as the lobby renovation and baggage claim, with hopes of starting construction in early 2023.

  • The airport’s board of directors voted earlier this month to move forward with plans to renovate the terminal next year without the proposed skybridge that would have created a covered walkway from the parking lot to the airport’s second floor, English said.

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