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Oklahoma City airport staff prepare for a busy Thanksgiving travel week

Will Rogers World Airport is planning to see a significant increase in travelers this week, but many of those flying home for the holidays agree Will Rogers is among the least stressful places to fly through.
by Graham Lee Brewer Modified: November 26, 2013 at 10:11 pm •  Published: November 26, 2013

Elaine Alexander and her three sisters-in-law laughed as they described their decision to visit family in Chicago for an all-girls Thanksgiving.

“We needed a break,” said Alexander, a retired Oklahoma City resident.

“They probably needed one, too,” she said, speaking about their husbands, who are all staying in Oklahoma City for the holiday.

Workers at Will Rogers World Airport are preparing for a busy Thanksgiving workweek.

They expect an increase of about 5,000 travelers from a typical week, airport spokeswoman Karen Carney said.

Carney said on average the airport would see closer to 8,000 passengers over that same time frame.

“Usually the Wednesday before and the Sunday after are the two busiest days and considered the busiest days of the year,” Carney said.

Coletta Garfield manages the airport's janitorial services.

She said they are in the process of hiring 20 temporary workers, doubling their current staff.

“We have to do extra staffing and extra supplies because it's a constant flow of travelers,” Garfield said.

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by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch he went on to cover the Oklahoma Senate for eCapitol before joining the...
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