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Monday, November 19, 2018 at 7:51 AM - For Immediate Release

Thanksgiving Travel Tips from Sacramento International Airport

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Thanksgiving travel is in full swing at Sacramento International Airport.  We are staffed up and look forward to assisting Thanksgiving travelers this. Whether flying out or picking up loved ones, customers are encouraged to arrive early, anticipate delays, and be prepared by checking parking lot status on our website and downloading the PassioGO! app.

The airport recommends travelers arrive at least two hours in advance of flight departure to allow time to park, check your bag, and to get through security stress free. The lines at the ticket counters and security checkpoints will be longer than normal. If you are flying out of Terminal A (United, Delta, American) plan on 40 minute wait at peak times (5:00am-6:00am).

To make traveling easier, pet therapy dogs from the Boarding Area Relaxation Corp. (BARC) will be onsite Thanksgiving week and local musicians will serenade customers in the baggage claim area of both terminals during select time slots on Nov. 21 and Nov. 22.

Parking lots will fill and close, so please plan to arrive early, and keep an eye out for signs directing you to open lots, including our new Overflow Lot. Visit our interactive parking map to see current availability and download the PassioGO! app to see real-time parking shuttle status and ETA.

  • Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be aware of your options. The new Overflow Lot will open when both the Economy and Daily Lots fill and close.
    • Unlike other lots at SMF, the Overflow Lot is a pay ahead lot using a license plate number or last 6 digits of the VIN.
  • Hassle-free covered parking is available at the garage ($18/day). A popular option at other times of the year, the garage has abundant spaces during the holidays. It is a few minutes’ walk from either terminal.
  • Parking overnight at the Hourly B lot is not recommended, as is it designed – and priced – for people meeting and greeting passengers in Terminal B. 
  • Prefer to let someone else drive? Ground transportation options include taxicabs, SuperShuttle, offsite van and shuttle bus companies, Yolobus public transportation, and app based ride services like Uber or Lyft.


  • Waiting at the curb is prohibited unless you are picking up or dropping off passengers. Save gas and avoid circling the terminal by using the free waiting area, also known as the cell phone lot. Located at Crossfield and Lindberg streets, it allows drivers to park for free until their passenger calls to say they are ready to be picked up.  It’s a 3-5 minute drive to either terminal.
  • The doors at Terminal B are numbered and designated by airline name.  Tell your passenger to pick a door to wait by. Tip: Traffic is most heavy by doors 1 and 2. Use doors 3 or 4 (close to the parking garage) to reduce traffic delays.
  • Follow the airport’s Facebook page and Twitter pages for travel tips and updates.

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