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Monday, June 25, 2018 at 10:12 AM - For Immediate Release

Travel Tips from Sacramento Intl Airport: Arrive 2 Hours Early, Know Parking Options

SACRAMENTO – Planning a summer get-away from Sacramento International Airport? The airport has added 8 new nonstop destinations and two air carriers in the year, giving travelers more options than ever for a great vacation. Here are a few tips to have the best travel experience possible.

Know your parking options and check ahead. The economy lot is very popular this time of year. It fills and closes intermittently on weekends, holidays, and some weekdays. Once you enter the airport, ask your passenger to check the parking map to check what spaces are available. Parking space availability is refreshed every five minutes.

If the economy lot is full, the daily lot is the next least expensive option at $12/day. The parking garage offers covered parking at $18/day.

The garage and the daily lot serve both terminals. Watch for signs when driving along Airport Blvd. and when the roadway splits, go to the right as if you were going to Terminal A.

Give yourself enough time to arrive. Sacramento International Airport expects to serve more than a million passengers in June, July, and August. These are the highest passenger volumes ever seen at this airport. We recommend that you arrive at least two hours in advance of your flight departure, whether traveling on a domestic or international flight. Contact your airline for more specific guidance.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! You can’t take liquids in amounts of more than 3.4 ounces in your carry-on, but pack an empty plastic or metal water bottle and look for refill stations near bathrooms in the gate areas. Your bottle will need to be screened, so make sure it’s empty.

Restrooms for your four-legged friends.  If you’re traveling with a pet or service animal, there are pet relief areas located both outside and post-security in Terminal A and Terminal B.

Just for you, new moms.  Clean, spacious nursing mother’s lounges with comfy chairs and electrical outlets for pumping are located post-security in Terminal A and Terminal B.

Know TSA regulations. If you are not an enrolled Pre-Check passenger, remember to take out all electronic devices larger than a cell phone and put them in a separate bin for screening.  Sunscreen is a gel … no more than 3.4 ounces allowed in carry-on bags.  And never, ever pack fireworks. Learn more here.

If you’re a social media maven, you can ask TSA-related questions via Twitter at @AskTSA or Facebook Messenger.  TSA staff are available for questions 365 days a year from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pacific Time.

Special Note to Passengers Using Terminal A (Air Canada, American, and Delta & United):

Thank you for your patience as we continue to make improvements to the TSA security area in Terminal A. Construction on the project is expected to continue through the winter. We are working with the TSA to add first of two security check point lanes by mid-fall, and the second security check point lane will be opened before the winter holidays (for a total of seven lanes).  New exit corridor lanes (similar to those found in Terminal B) will also open in Terminal A by 2019.  Please continue to bear with us as we make these enhancements that will lead to a larger, more efficient security processing procedure in Terminal A.

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