A busy holiday weekend for flyers ahead

(Cleveland) - More than 16 million people are expected to travel by air during the holiday weekend. 

WTAM airline industry analyst Jay Ratliff says with such a high number, travelers should arrive at the airport 2 hours ahead of takeoff, make sure they have a seat assignment in case the flight is oversold, and put I-D's on all their luggage, even carry-on bags.  

In a surprise move, Allegiant Air has cut the number of destinations from Cleveland Hopkins Airport by half. They had 11 destinations in 2017. 

A spokesperson for Allegiant says the cuts are temporary. Ratliff claims its not unusual for Allegiant to shift routes to more profitable destinations at different times of year, though frequent travelers may find that troubling. He expects the eliminated destinations to return to Cleveland at some point.

Cleveland Hopkins Airport

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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