Hugs and kisses as loved ones reunite at RDU Airport for the holiday

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — RDU Airport is staying busy this week as travelers arrive and depart to be with loved ones.

There were a lot of hugs, kisses and a few tears of joy on Wednesday as families were reunited. In a lot of cases these friends and family members haven’t seen each other since this time last year.

According AAA, more people will be getting to see loved ones this thanksgiving, with around 3.6 million people expected to fly.

RDU Airport officials say they’re expecting to see about five percent more people through the airport this holiday season than last year.

Cross country travel is becoming the usual for one family WNCN spoke to that came from Fayetteville to pick up their flier.

“Not only my older sister, but my younger sister as well comes into town. So it means a lot to be able to get together even though we’re geographically separated,” said Jeri Youngblood, who is stationed at Fort Bragg.

We also found two sisters who were practically giddy with excitement. One was coming from college for the holiday and both were just so happy and thankful to be with each other this Thanksgiving.

“It’s nice because it’s always been really quite without her. I’m the only kid now since she’s gone so it’s weird without her, so it’s nice to have her back I guess, ha ha,” said Bridget Cotten.

Another thing making local travelers happy is that there have not been any big delays or changes to flights.

It looks like most everyone traveling through RDU will get home in time for turkey.

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