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Airports see bigger crowds in August

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Albany/HV: August a busy month for flying at Albany International Airport
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Longer lines at the airport may be frustrating for flyers, but they're a good sign business is taking off. Our Erin Vannella reports.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- "We're seeing up to 5,000 people per day at checkpoint, which is quite a significant number of people to be departing from the airport on a regular basis," said Albany International Airport CEO John O'Donnell.

Expect to wait in line before getting off the ground this month. The number of flyers across the country is on the rise.

"Basically, it's pent up demand for leisure travelers," said O'Donnell. "People hadn't been taking vacations the last couple of years. They were driving not flying, but we're seeing more flying vacations this summer."

August has seen the biggest spike in ticket sales, locally this week in particular. Last year airlines checked out below average. Albany International Airport's CEO says it's proof of a recovering economy. Some flyers aren't sold.

"People seem to be flying up north to get some relief from the weather even though you seem to have had the weather also," said Florida resident Rick Simon.

"I think people are traveling a little bit more but we haven't had any problems with back-ups or delays or anything," said Florida resident Cheryl Lamb.

"It says people have more money to spend," said Florida resident Peter Stubblefield. "I don't know if it's a true indication of our economy."

Whatever the reason, a growing crowd can't be denied and should be respected.

"Peak departure times are early morning and mid afternoon, so get here 90 minutes early to get on your plane and to your destination," said O'Donnell. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP