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Airport busy, road travel likely to follow

Improved weather meant improved travel conditions Tuesday for Charlotte-area residents headed out of town at the last minute for Christmas.

One day after heavy rain and wind caused a number of flight delays and slippery roads that resulted in numerous wrecks, the travel conditions were much nicer under sunny skies Tuesday.

Passengers found lengthy check-in lines Tuesday morning at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, but by all accounts, there were no problems for people headed out of town for Christmas.

Some passengers had delays of up to two hours during the day. But the flight board at the airport showed mostly on-time departures and arrivals Tuesday. While passengers on one morning flight to Chicago had a delay of 2 3/4 hours, most delays were 15 minutes of less, according to the website Flight Stats.

Two passengers who spoke with the Observer reported moving through the ticketing and security lines within 30 minutes Tuesday morning.

Parking conditions at Charlotte’s airport were an issue, however. For much of Tuesday morning, three of four long-term lots and one daily lot were filled. Long Term 2 and the Daily lots remained open, as did the Business Valet, Curbside Valet and Cell lots.

As tens of thousands of Charlotte-area residents hit the road for out-of-town travel, they found generally good conditions. Roads were dry across the Southeast, and few major problems were reported on interstate highways in the Carolinas and surrounding states during the first part of the day.

That was a big difference from Monday, when police

and the state transportation departments in both Carolinas reported a number of collisions that caused lengthy delays into the evening hours. Interstate 85 travel was especially bad, with wrecks in Mecklenburg and Gaston counties.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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