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FALL IS DUE TO REDUCED NUMBER OF FLIGHTS, AIRPORT OFFICIALS SAY

Fewer People Fly Through Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport For Thanksgiving

Officials at the Gulfport Biloxi Regional Airport say fewer people came through the airport over the Thanksgiving holiday, giving credence to fears that consumers will be traveling by car instead of by air.

Airport officials say they've seen about a 10 percent dip compared to last Thanksgiving holiday. The decrease is because airlines have cut flights making fewer seats available, officials said.

Since the day before Thanksgiving, the airport has averaged about 2,600 passengers a day, except Thanksgiving day, which averaged only 1,500.

Some passengers say neither fear nor a slight inconvenience could keep them from flying.

"The plane wasn't full, but it was fairly full and it was very nice," holiday traveler Sally Diaz said. "I had a very nice flight."

Airport officials opened up the short term parking section days before the holiday rush began to accommodate the increased traffic. But those who choose short term parking are now subject to have their vehicles searched.

Because of security measures, airport officials say people need to arrive at least two hours before departure time. They say no one has missed any flights because of safety checks but there have been some close calls.

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