PHOENIX – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is urging travelers to prepare and arrive early for flights next week as travel is expected to be near pre-pandemic levels during the Thanksgiving holiday. AAA expects 53.4 million people to travel for Thanksgiving, up 13% from 2020. When that happens, it will be the highest increase in a single year since 2005. in addition to the Sunday after the holiday. Travelers are asked to allow at least two hours for domestic flights and at least three hours for international flights. As the airport expects an influx of travelers and traffic in the area, travelers and their pick-up or drop-off services are encouraged to use 44th Street and the Washington Phoenix Sky Train Station as well. “On the Wednesday before the holiday, we are very busy on our curbs and streets and you can avoid traffic jams by picking up or dropping off your party at 44th Street Station,” said Heather Shelbrack, a Sky Harbor spokeswoman, said on Thursday opposite KTAR News 92.3 FM. Another tip to make your travels easier is to check your luggage and make sure you are familiar with the guidelines for going through security. Travelers can view waiting times at security checkpoints online or on flight information boards in each terminal. Visitors can also visit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) travel page for more tips or get answers to your questions directly from the agency’s Twitter page. Most importantly, travelers are encouraged to check the flight status with their airline before going to the airport. “Travelers should just give themselves the extra time to check their flight status before getting to the airport and remember that a state mask mandate is still in effect,” said Shelbrack. Follow the airport on Twitter for the latest updates, additional travel tips and more information. Follow @Ali_Vetnar we want to hear from you. Do you have a story idea or a tip? Forward it to the KTAR news team here.