MILWAUKEE -- 62 million people are expected to fly somewhere during the spring break travel period. Here in Milwaukee, there's been an increase in travelers at General Mitchell International Airport. Before spring breakers jet off to a warmer climate, they first have to find an open parking space.
"We're on vacation. It's a mother-daughter weekend. We're going to Vegas," said Annie Vang "It was pretty tight. We had to go through like every lane to try and find a parking spot."
Airport officials say this time of year, during the spring break season, the parking garage is at or near capacity.
"On a normal day, we're probably 60 to 65 percent -- up to 75 percent on a busier day," said Ryan McAdams with Mitchell Airport.
More than 10,000 extra travelers are expected to take to the skies from late February through the end of April. That's more than during both the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays.
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To accommodate drivers' needs, parking operators have opened up alternative lots around the airport.
"We were going to park in the main structure but it was full, so we parked in the remote lot and took a shuttle bus over to the terminal," said Chris Fitzpatrick.
It was a minor detour for the Fitzpatrick family on their way to Fort Meyers, Florida -- but they came prepared.
"We didn't anticipate parking in that remote lot, so we're glad we came in a little early," said Fitzpatrick.
You can check out the parking situation before you even leave for the airport. On the Mitchell International Airport website, there's a parking monitor that updates in real time. It shows the percentage full of each of the parking lots.