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Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at 10:36 AM - For Immediate Release

Sacramento International Airport Readies for Unprecedented Summer Travel Season

Sacramento, CA - As the summer travel season heats up, Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is preparing for its busiest July ever. This milestone comes in the wake of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) experiencing the 10 busiest screening days in its 22-year history, all within the past 30 days nationwide.

Record-Breaking July at SMF

July has traditionally been the busiest month at SMF, and this year is set to surpass all previous records. To ensure a smooth travel experience during this peak period, SMF is encouraging all travelers to arrive at the airport at least two hours before their scheduled flight time. This allows time to park, shuttle to the terminal, check in bags, and complete the security screening process.

Plan Ahead and Consider Alternative Transportation

Due to significant construction planned for  Interstate-5 this summer, travelers should check traffic conditions before leaving home to avoid delays. SMF also recommends considering other transportation options to ease congestion and enhance convenience:

  • Public Transit: SacRT’s Route 142 runs an express bus service from the airport to downtown Sacramento. The airport express shuttle bus runs every 20/30 minutes, 7 days a week combined with Yolobus Routes 42A and 42B.
  • Ridesharing: Use a rideshare like Uber or Lyft to get to the terminal quickly.
  • Drop-Offs: Have a family member or friend drop you off.
  • Pick-ups: Utilize the new free cell phone waiting lot by the AM/PM to reduce circling while waiting for pickups.

Stay Connected and Informed

To stay up to date and ensure a hassle-free journey, travelers are encouraged to download their airline’s app and check the latest information on our website,, particularly for parking availability. A real-time shuttle tracker is also available on the website.

SMF is committed to providing the best possible experience for all our passengers. By planning ahead and staying informed, travelers can enjoy a seamless and enjoyable start to their summer adventures.

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