A busy travel season is approaching at airports across the country, and Sacramento International Airport will be no exception. Passenger traffic has increased seven percent year-to-date over last year. Customers should expect longer-than-usual waits at the TSA security check point and may find that their preferred parking options are not available, especially the day before, the day of, and the day after Thanksgiving.
Airport staff recommend travelers arrive at least two hours in advance of flight departure and be prepared for lines at airport parking facilities, ticket counters, and the security checkpoint.
The good news for holiday travelers flying through Terminal A is that new restaurants await them post-security. Local favorites Squeeze Inn, Paesano’s, and the Iron Horse Tavern join Freshii, Vino Volo, and Peet’s Coffee & Tea on the Terminal A concourse. Musicians will be performing at both terminals at selected time periods on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 to spread holiday cheer, and members of the Boarding Area Relaxation Corp. pet therapy program will be on hand to comfort harried travelers.
The Thanksgiving rush starts Friday, Nov. 20 and ends Monday, Nov. 30. Here are some savvy tips for this busy time:
• Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so know your options. The Economy Lot ($10/day) will fill and close before Thanksgiving. The Daily Lot ($12/day) is minutes from both terminals by walking or taking a shuttle, but it may fill to capacity by Thanksgiving. Covered parking is available at the garage for $17/day and will be your most hassle-free parking option on Nov. 25, Nov. 26 and Nov. 27.
• For entrances to both the Daily Lot and the garage, follow the roadway signs guiding vehicles toward Terminal
• Sacramento International Airport is pleased to offer expanded ground transportation options to travelers this
year. These include taxicabs, SuperShuttle, offsite van and shuttle bus companies, Yolobus public
transportation, and on-demand transportation companies like Uber, Lyft, and Wingz.
• The fastest way to exit airport parking is to use a credit card, not cash, and to use the pre-payment machines
located on the 1st, 3rd and 5th floors of the parking garage, the Economy Lot and the hourly B lot.
• Check the TSA website to see current regulations for carry-on items.
• Prepare for the security checkpoint like a savvy traveler. Wear slip-on shoes, remove metals items and place
them in your carry-on bag before getting in line, have your ID and boarding pass in hand, and don’t forget to
have those liquids and gels in 3.4 ounce containers ready to put in the bin for screening.
• Avoid taking off your shoes entirely by enrolling in the TSA Pre Check program. Pre Check travelers are eligible
for expedited security screening. It’s too late for Thanksgiving, but if you act quickly, you may be able to
experience the benefits of Pre Check by Christmas.
PICKING UP FRIENDS & FAMILY
• Waiting or parking at the curb is strictly prohibited by federal regulations. Avoid circling the terminal by using
the free waiting area, also known as the cell phone lot. Located at Crossfield and Lindberg streets, it lets visitors park for free until their passenger calls to say they have gotten their bags and are at the curb ready to be picked up. It’s a two-minute drive from the free waiting area to either terminal.
• The doors at Terminal B are numbered and designated by airline name. Tell your passenger to pick a numbered door to stand by. Tip: Traffic is most heavy by doors 1 and 2. It may be easier to pick up passengers outside doors 3 or 4.
• It takes on average 20 minutes for passengers to make their way to baggage claim once the plane has landed.
• Follow the airport’s Facebook page and Twitter pages for travel tips.
Need more information before traveling? Email email@example.com at least two business days before you leave.
The Sacramento County Department of Airports is responsible for planning, developing, operating and maintaining the county’s four airports: Sacramento International Airport, Executive Airport, Mather Airport and Franklin Field. The regional economic impact of the airport system is more than $4 billion annually. For more information, visit http://www.sacramento.aero/smf