Today expected to be D/FW's busiest travel day

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on February 7, 2011 at 8:01 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 7 at 9:54 AM

IRVING - Officials at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport have urged travelers to arrive three hours early and pack their patience as a record number of people are expected to fly out of the airport today.

Tens of thousands of people who traveled to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the Super Bowl are now leaving.

While Monday mornings are usually a big day for business travelers, this morning those numbers increased exponentially as football fans fly back home.

Overall, D/FW Airport is expecting 200,000 travelers, which is 40,000 above their average.

With Packers and Steelers fans packing the terminals, Kristen Kucharek, a Packers fan who arrived in Dallas last Tuesday, said she was surprised to find a band playing in Terminal D. Despite a small car collision, she said her time in North Texas went very well.

"The people were very welcoming and very nice," she said.

As of 6:30 a.m., most flights were leaving on time.

While many experienced difficulties traveling last week due to the bad weather, one Green Bay Packers fans said he experienced no problems on his trip. He received the trip to the Super Bowl as a birthday gift for his 70th birthday.

"The stadium was unbelievable," he said. "The Texas Stadium, I've never been to anything like that. And, the half-time programs were unbelievable, and the game, too. The hospitality of Dallas was beautiful."

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