WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington International Airport officials say at least 14,000 people are expected to pass through the airport between Dec. 21 and Jan. 2.
Despite the size of ILM, airport director John Rosborough, says the airport's capability to fly to larger cities helps business.
"When you compare to the national statistics with AAA, they are saying they expect air travel to be down across the country anywhere from 5 to 9 percent, so we're going to be equal to or maybe even better than our December last year," said Rosborough. "That's very good for Wilmington."
Chris Williams is heading to California for Christmas and said he's looking forward to seeing big crowds in the airports.
"It's one of those things you kind of enjoy, meeting new people and seeing where everybody is going," said Williams.
Workers at ILM say many first-time flyers travel during the holiday season who make common mistakes.
Rosborough reminds travelers to make sure your license and your boarding pass contain your full name and to not wrap Christmas presents. He adds that morning is the busiest time of day during the holiday season.