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Fourth of July traffic at the Rogue Valley Airport

The Rogue Valley Airport is expecting to see four thousand people for this year's Fourth of July.

Posted: Jul 3, 2019 6:59 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Rogue Valley Airport Officials said that if you are planning to fly this holiday, you should get to the airport about two hours before boarding. If you're used to flying out of the Rogue Valley Airport, expect some more hustle and bustle. 

"Usually we do our morning and nightly stocking and that's like a two, maybe three times a day thing," said Kristin Baker, Tailwind Concessions retail lead. "Now, in this last couple of weeks, I've been stocking four to five times a day."

The airport is expecting about four thousand people for the Fourth of July. About 20 percent of Americans are flying somewhere for Independence Day. Almost 70 percent are driving. Some locals say the road leading to the airport seems more crowded. 

"I come this way a lot just for major shopping and it's never as busy as it has been today," said Jessica Zuber, a Klamath Falls local. "It probably took me half an hour longer today than it has for a normal trip."

Airport officials said to plan ahead and to check in to your airline online or through an app. This means you won't have to wait in line for a boarding pass. 

"I did that pre-check-in on the phone so that I didn't have to get in line here," said Peggy Glaze. She visited family in the Medford area and is flying home to Northern Oregon. 

Airport officials also said that the short term parking lots are more full than normal, so you might have to walk a longer distance to get to check in. 

The airport will be fully staffed for Independence Day. Airport officials said the Rogue Valley Airport has not added any flights and they have not yet opened overflow parking. 

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