ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is called the busiest travel day of the year, but people at the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) said they were willing to take the risk to see their family.

Tony Poehailos was flying to see family in Florida. He had a connection at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, which is consistently ranked as the busiest airport in the world.

"I'm willing to take a risk and see the family to be together for Thanksgiving," he said.

For Poehailos, the crowds are worth it to see loved ones.

Jarrett Wright arrived at CHO from LaGuardia Airport in New York City and said he was lucky to have a smooth trip.

"I'm definitely worried about return on Sunday, but most importantly I'm excited to watch my little brother play for the Davidson Wildcats on Saturday," he said.

CHO representative Stewart Key said the airport is ready for the increased holiday traffic.

"We prepare as best we can, so we make sure our staff is available, we make sure our staff know what to do if something were to happen," she said.

To prepare to fly, Key encouraged people to arrive 90 minutes before their flight departure time and to download the airline apps.

The CHO website also frequently updates flight schedules.