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High passenger volume triggers travel alert for BNA starting Sunday

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Long lines are expected at the airport this week. (WSMV) Long lines are expected at the airport this week. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

It was a busy weekend in Middle Tennessee with Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena, CMA Fest all over downtown Nashville and Bonnaroo in Manchester all happening at once.

At Nashville International Airport, the heaviest traffic will take place now that it's all said and done.

If you're planning to fly out of Nashville on Monday or Tuesday, the Nashville Airport Authority wants you to make some adjustments for heavy passenger volume and longer screening lines.

"We are used to big crowds, but we may set departure records on Sunday or Monday," said Tom Jurkovich, VP of Communications for the Nashville Airport Authority. 

Officials said they expected to have 21,000 to 24,400 departing passengers at BNA each day from Sunday through Tuesday. 

On a typical day, around 18,000 passengers leave the Nashville airport.

"This is an all-hands-on-deck week," Jurkovich said. "The airport will be fully staffed in all respects. We will have extra security, extra maintenance personnel, and extra staff to help with long lines, directions and communications with bus tour operators, taxis, Lyft and Uber."

All passengers are encouraged to arrive at least two hours before their scheduled flights.

Officials also recommend checking your flight status and packing smart ahead of your flight. Depending on your airline, you can also check in to your flight early and use mobile boarding passes to cut down your wait times. Officials also say to check your boarding pass to see if you've been selected to participate in TSA Pre?™ for your flight.

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