CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - The Eastern Iowa Airport's officials say there will be more than 3,000 passengers flying out of their airport starting next Tuesday. Dec. 29 is expected to be the busiest traveling day, because there will be 13 charter planes departing the airport.
The earliest charter is scheduled to leave at 5 a.m. and the last one leaves at 8:30 p.m.
Airport director Marty Lenss is reminding passengers to budget extra time when preparing to leave.
He suggests arriving at least two hours earlier than departure time. "The typical mistake for most people is they push the time, right?" he said. "You leave the house at the last minute." He says by allotting extra time, passengers will be able to ensure things go smoothly.
The airport will have extra staffing available. For parking, the airport's long-term and short-term parking will be opened up for everyone to use.
It will cost $6 each day for long-term parking and the short-term lost will cost $11 each day.
Once those lots fill up, the overflow parking will also be used.
Charter passengers need to remember to enter at the west-end entrance.
The fun is also starting early for those looking to cheer on the Hawkeyes.
"We're going to be rolling out a turf field that's going to be all painted up and look like the Hawkeye football field," Lenss said. "Our restaurant and our bar area - we'll have additional offerings. We also have some trivia games and contests going in the gate areas just to get the festive atmosphere kicked off." Extra staff will be around to show passengers to the right airline ticket counters.
The City of Pasadena also sent out a media release saying they will have strict security regulations. "With such large events, it is important to make sure the public understands about the existing and new safety requirements," the media release said. "For example, drones are not allowed at either event, per federal regulations.
Selfie sticks and umbrellas are not allowed in the secured areas of the Parade Route at TV Corner or inside the Stadium." Lenss said preparing for the large crowd is just about creating a festive atmosphere. "At the end, it's a celebration of a great season," he said.
The last time this much traffic came through the airport was during the 2002-03 season, when the Hawkeyes were in the Orange Bowl.