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Eastern Iowa Airport bracing for heavy Rose Bowl traffic

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The Eastern Iowa Airport is bracing for a huge increase in traffic next week, as Iowans head west to see the Hawkeyes take on the Stanford Cardinal in the Rose Bowl.

According to a press release, more than 3,000 people are expected to fly out of the Eastern Iowa Airport, with the majority of the travel coming on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

13 charters will be flying out that day, meaning you should arrive a little early if you're catching a flight.

Airport staff released these details, which should help make your trip a little easier:

The following information is to help people plan for their travel day:

Arriving at the airport:

  •  Charter passengers are encouraged to arrive 2.5 hours before their flight departs.
  •  Customers on regularly-scheduled commercial flights should arrive at least 90 minutes before their flight.


  • The airport’s long-term and short-term lots will be available for use by all customers. The cost to park in long-term is $6 per day. The cost to park in the short-term lot is $11 per day.
  • When the long-term lot is full, overflow parking will be opened. Staff will be on-site to direct customers.

­­­Check-in for charter passengers

  • Charter passengers are being asked to use the airport’s west-end entrance along the terminal drive -  the first set of doors along terminal drive - to enter the terminal. A section of the terminal currently under construction will be opened on Dec. 29 to allow for charter passengers to check-in at a separate area from the airline ticket counters. The construction area will be transformed into a “football field” to give Hawkeye fans a jump start on the excitement for the Jan. 1 bowl game. Field sponsors are Mead & Hunt, Foth and Diamond Vogel.
  • Staff will be on hand to help direct charter passengers to the correct ticket counters.
  • Skycaps will be available to provide luggage and wheelchair assistance.

Security checkpoint

  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will have additional staff and equipment on hand.
  • There will be two lanes for charter passengers.  Customer service representatives will direct passengers.
  • Passengers on regularly scheduled commercial flights will have their own security checkpoint lane. There will be no expedited screening on Dec. 29.
  • Once through the checkpoint, passengers should stay in the secure area.

Post security checkpoint

  • There will be special concessions available that day throughout the B and C concourses.
  • Airport staff also plans to have trivia games and other activities to enhance the festive atmosphere.
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