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F1 brings influx of travelers into ABIA

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Welcome signs are in place and around 70 volunteers are ready at Austin Bergstrom International Airport to help visitors in for the Formula One race weekend.

More planes will touch down Thursday bringing thousands into Austin. It will likely be the busiest day for arrivals ahead of the race weekend. 

Nearly 36,000 people are expected to pass through the terminal at ABIA— a crowd that size is comparable to what the airport sees the day before Thanksgiving.

Airport officials are ready. Customs has expanded to accommodate international travelers and to help with the lines a fourth, temporary, checkpoint is now operational. TSA will be sending extra screeners to help move passengers through.

The airport issued 240 permits for charter and private planes which range from small single engine planes to a 757. Exactly 58 of those flights are coming from another country with the majority from Mexico.

If you're flying out of town at any point during the weekend the airport strongly advises arriving in the terminal at least two hours before your flight departs.

"Take into consideration the roadways coming to the airport. We'll be able to get you through but you need to consider your commute because there will be a lot of people in town," said Jim Halbrook, an airport spokesperson.

Longer than usual security lines are expected Sunday and Monday as race fans leave. Some of the charter flights will leave Sunday evening for Brazil where the next Grand Prix race will take place.

The busy travel day for Thanksgiving will be Wednesday.

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