A no-brainer guide to summer trips to PHL

Philadelphia International Airport on June 20. Photo: Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images

Expect delays, cancellations and long lines at airports as demand for travel increases as the airline industry grapples with a labor shortage.

here are a few tips so you don’t lose your mind on your summer getaway, according to Kate Sullivan, assistant director of strategic partnerships at Philadelphia International Airport:

  • Allow for some flexibility. It is possible that your flight will be delayed, so be prepared for that. In other words, don’t plan a flight that’s only two hours ahead of your family wedding.
  • Arrive early. Sullivan recommends coming to the airport three hours before your flight to ensure you have time for parking, ticketing and check-in.
  • Check flight frequencies. Know when the next flight is available in case yours is cancelled.

Another tip… Be prepared for crowded flights. “Don’t rely on an empty seat next to you,” Sullivan says, particularly if you’re traveling to Mexico or the Caribbean.

  • These flights have “the most passengers we’ve ever seen,” Sullivan adds.

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