Flights will be going on as usual at Harrisburg International Airport on Saturday, despite the airport having a special VIP guest.
President Donald Trump will be holding a rally at a hangar owned by AvFlight at the Middletown airport starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 26. Doors for the event open at 4 p.m. You can sign up to attend at events.donaldjtrump.com.
Even though there will be a political rally, Harrisburg International Airport authorities said that there won’t be that many changes for those flying out or arriving. They did caution, however, that you will want to give yourself extra time to account for traffic. Flights themselves should not be impacted either, although a few may experience a delay of several minutes if they’re leaving around the time the president’s plane is landing or taking off.
The airport itself won’t have much of a role in the president’s visit.
“On Saturday, we’re just here to make sure things are going smoothly so that it doesn’t impact people who are flying on regular flights,” said Scott Miller, deputy director of business development and strategic marketing with the airport.
The airport is largely coordinating parking for the rally, opening up its long term parking lot for those attending the event. The long term parking lot had been closed in May as the coronavirus pandemic had led to a decrease in demand for parking spots. It’ll cost $10 to park in the lot.
Those conducting business at the airport will use the usual parking garage, which also charges $10.
The airport is also running through its usual maintenance checks to make sure everything is in order. Its security and fire officials have also been meeting with campaign officials to coordinate their efforts. The whole goal is to ensure there’s as little disruption to the airport’s usual activities as possible.
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