Marine Recruits to Fly in Through Savannah

Savannah's going to have close to 20,000 new travelers coming through the airport beginning the first of the year. They will all be Marine recruits headed to Parris Island.

The Marine Corps has struck a deal with the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport to have all recruits come through Savannah instead of Charleston.

The airport's Dan Coe says those 20,000 recruits should help bring other travelers as well. "The parents will come and meet and greet them. They will escort them, too. We've noticed that some parents like to come and visit Parris Island at the same time and then we also will have Marines coming through on the outbound way too."

The airport still has some work to do to the terminal to make room for a staging area with drill instructors waiting on the recruits.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite,