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If you're looking to travel by air out of Fayetteville or Raleigh this summer, here's some handy tips Gunner found as he got ready for vacation.

Traveling has gotten a lot trickier the last few years, so as I’m venturing out of country, I thought I’d pass along some of the most helpful tips I discovered if you plan to fly out of Fayetteville or Raleigh this summer.

As I started doing my homework to see what has changed since COVID-19, I found a lot of useful resources that might help you too.

The biggest change is that you no longer have to have a negative COVID test in most cases. You might be subject to a temperature check, and certainly don’t fly if you have symptoms.

“Daily passenger volumes at TSA checkpoints show that people are traveling again, and TSA is ready for their return. Our airport security checkpoints include 47,500 highly-trained security professionals and new technologies that enhance security and reduce physical contact,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske in a release about summer travel. “We continue to recruit, retain, train and equip a highly-skilled workforce, and we work continuously with our airport and airline partners to anticipate and prepare for higher traffic patterns.”

Here’s some of the other things I learned about how to fly out of Fayetteville, Raleigh, and Charlotte in my research as we get ready for our trip to Mexico.

  • 1. Make a Copy of Your Passport

    You never know what’s going to happen, so make sure someone has a photocopy of your passport, just in case.

     

  • 2. Check Your Safety Tips

    The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program from the government is a great resource, and it’s FREE. You can enroll your trip with U.S. Embassies or Consulates, and you’ll be able to get quicker information in case of emergency. Great resource you can find here.

  • 3. TSA at Fayetteville Airport

    Flying out of Fayetteville can sometimes be a lot easier and faster than going to Raleigh. TSA at Fayetteville Regional Airport operates from 3:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. and they recommend you arrive 90 minutes before your departure time.

  • 4. Parking at Fayetteville Airport

    There’s plenty of parking at Fayetteville Regional Airport, and it’s an easy walk to the terminal. No parking 10 miles down the road and waiting for a shuttle. Plus, it’s only $9 a day.

    Parking | City of Fayetteville, North Carolina Website

    PARKING & TRANSPORTATION Fayetteville Regional Airport offers both short and long term parking. With parking lots located directly in front of the terminal building, parking is both easy and convenient. No waiting around on a shuttle or long walk to the front door at Fayetteville Regional.

  • 5. FAQ for Fayetteville Airport

    I had a lot of questions in my research, and Fayetteville answered them all in this easy FAQ, including contacts for both American and Delta Airlines.

     

  • 6. Flying Out of Raleigh

    Obviously there are a lot more flight options out of Raleigh, and it’s like 90 minutes from Fayetteville.

  • 7. Parking at RDU

    There’s a LOT of parking options at RDU.

    Maps and Parking at RDU - Raleigh-Durham International Airport

    Maps to Parking at RDU Use the interactive maps below to find your way to Raleigh-Durham International Airport's parking facilities. Which parking location is best for you?ParkRDU offers different locations to give you a choice of experiences and pricing. Each lot offers both daily (for long-term use) and hourly (for short-term) rates.

  • 8. Travel Requirements from RDU

    RDU has a really cool feature that will show you what the travel restrictions are right now for anywhere in the world.

    CHECK IT OUT HERE!

  • 9. Flying Out of Charlotte

    Charlotte may seem like quite a haul to fly, but for International travel, it might be your best bet. CLT has a great section about summer travel and the headaches around it, with these tips:

    PARKING: When you book your flight, reserve your parking at the same time at parkCLT.com. Demand for parking is high at CLT and has been for months. Rental car and ride-share services like Uber and Lyft have not recovered as quickly as some would like thanks to COVID. If you are coming to the Airport, a reservation made at least six hours in advance (but we recommend much more advance booking because of high demand) is a way to guarantee you have a parking place. And don’t forget, you can always have someone drop you off at the airport or you can catch a bus or a taxi instead.

    EXPECT LINES: Get here early. There are going to be crowds and lines. Plan on it. Arriving an hour before your flight is scheduled to leave is not enough time anymore.

    You need to be in the terminal in line with your airline or at the security checkpoint two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before international flights. This is the minimum. Anything less and you risk missing your flight. Don’t take that chance.

    AIRLINES: Eight major airlines operate at CLT with American Airlines being the largest and accounting for nearly 90 percent of all arrivals and departures. It’s important that if you are told your flight is delayed, or worse canceled, that you get in touch with your airline as quickly as possible. Some airlines are already offering travel waivers ahead of the July 4 holiday. Download the airline’s app on your mobile device. Save their numbers on your cell phone. Have their contact information readily available.

    PATIENCE: Thank you for your business. As we all work to recover from the pandemic and as you take to the skies this weekend and in the days ahead, please follow signs or ask an Airport worker for help when needed.  We recognize it’s tough out there for everyone – from the people who check you in for your flight to those who make your coffee to the men and women who pilot and crew the planes that fly you to your travel destination.