AUSTIN (November 19, 2012)--The Austin-Bergstrom Airport is warning travelers to arrive in the terminal two hours early for all departing flights this week.
The 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix held over the weekend in Austin, further complicated by heavy holiday travel volume, is expected to create longer than normal ticketing and security lines.
More than 117,000 fans turned out for the races at the new $400 million 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas track, including Governor Rick Perry. Lewis Hamilton won the United States Grand Prix on Sunday.
Outgoing flights are listed as full and airport authorities have added several charter flights.
The heavy traffic is expected throughout the holiday season, but especially Monday through Wednesday and November 25-26.
To accommodate the heavy passenger traffic the airport will open their security checkpoint 30 minutes earlier at 3:30 a.m. all week.
Also, a fourth security checkpoint has opened on the east side of ticketing to help mitigate long waits in line.
Passenger traffic is up 3.5 percent year-to-date compared to last year’s record 9.1 million passengers, an airport spokesperson said.
This weekend's event was the first Formula One race in the states since 2007.