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Friday, June 23, 2017 at 5:00 AM - For Immediate Release

Summer Travel Tips: Arrive Early, Know Your Parking Options, Be Prepared

SACRAMENTO –Sacramento International Airport (SMF) expects to have a robust summer travel season, with 150 daily nonstop flights beckoning Sacramento travelers. Here are a few tips to make that getaway vacation a breeze.

Arrive Early. Arrive at least an hour and a half early. Consider arriving two hours early if you are checking bags, flying between 5-7 a.m., or parking in the economy lot.

Speaking of which …

Know Your Parking Options. The Economy Lot fills to capacity many summer weekends and holidays.  The Daily Lot next to the garage is the next least expensive option. For just $2 a day more, you can walk or take a short shuttle to either terminal in just minutes.

Check Out Parking Availability Before You Leave. You can check parking on the new parking availability widget page, A map shows space availability and lot closures. If a lot is in the red zone, it’s a good idea to have a back-up lot in mind.

Know TSA Regulations.  If you have a question about what you can or cannot bring, check out  the TSA’s “Can I bring my…” page or ask them on Twitter at @AskTSA.

Enroll in PreCheck.  It won’t help for your current trip, but future trips will be easier. This TSA program lets you go through screening much faster and more conveniently than the general line, and you don’t have to take off your shoes or belt .

If you haven’t enrolled already, there is a PreCheck enrollment center conveniently located on the lower level of Terminal B, next to door 4. They take walk-ins, but make an appointment and you could be in and out in 15 minutes.

Flying to Mexico? Get the Mobile Passport Control app. It’s free, and it lets your expedite customs paperwork when you return. Learn more here. Sacramento International Airport also offers Global Entry kiosks for a truly streamlined customs experience.

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. Sacramento International Airport offers more than 155 daily nonstop flights on 12 domestic and international carriers to 36 destinations. The regional economic impact of the Sacramento County Department of Airports is more than $4 billion annually. For more information, visit