Holiday Travel Tips from Silicon Valley’s Airport

Published on : Saturday, December 21, 2013

download-128 (1)Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) staff is prepared to welcome and serve travelers during the busy 18-day Christmas and New Year’s holidays travel period, December 20, 2013 through January 6, 2014. SJC anticipates an increase of up to 5 percent in passenger traffic over the same holiday period last year.

More passengers traveling with cold-weather clothing and holiday food or gifts may lead to longer lines at airline check-in counters and checkpoint screening. These holiday travel tips will get passengers to their boarding gates faster.

What to Know Before You Go
The most important advice for holiday travelers is to:

- Check-in online in advance;
- Review these travel preparation and packing tips courtesy of the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA);

- Plan to arrive at SJC 90 minutes early for domestic flights and two hours prior for
Hawaii and international departures; and

- Be patient if delays occur. We’re all working together to get you to your destination
on time.

The busiest travel days during the holidays are expected to be Friday, December 20, Monday, December 23, Thursday, December 26, Friday, December 27 and Friday,
January 3. Peak travel hours on any day at SJC are typically 5:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m., 9:30
a.m. – noon and 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Economy Parking
SJC’s Economy Lot 1, at $15 per day, is a value-priced option to leave a vehicle while
visiting family and friends. The 1,600+ parking spaces will fill quickly, though, so it’s good
to have an alternate plan. Daily Lots 4 and 6, both priced at $22 per day, are
conveniently located near the terminals. Those flying on Terminal A airlines (American,
ANA, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, United, US Airways, Virgin America and Volaris) should
park in Daily Lot 4. Travelers on Terminal B airlines (Alaska and Southwest) can park in
Daily Lot 6.

Complimentary shuttles provide continuous service from the Economy and Daily lots to
the terminals approximately every 10 minutes. Before leaving for SJC, call the Airport
Parking Office to learn parking availability at 408-441-5570. Also, digital signs along
Airport roadways indicate when lots are full. For a complete parking map and rate list,
go to flysanjose.com.

Fly Through Security Checkpoints
TSA screening procedures now allow passengers 75 and older to leave on shoes and
light jackets through security checkpoints, while children 12 and under can also leave
their shoes on. Both CLEAR and TSA Pre-Check, two new pre-screening programs, are
now offered in SJC’s Terminals A and B. Travelers participating in these programs may
have a little more time at home or the office before heading to SJC. Learn more about
traveling with holiday gifts and food items at TSA.gov.

Holiday Decorations and Entertainment
SJC is a very festive place to be during the holidays. The terminals are decorated with
holiday trees and wreaths, making SJC a welcoming place for passenger departures,
arrivals and family and friend reunions. Travelers and meeters-greeters in the Terminal B
baggage claim will enjoy entertainment by a pianist playing holiday music on
December 23 and on Christmas Eve in the late-afternoon.

Need More Information Before Traveling Through SJC?
Contact SJC at info@sjc.org or 408-392-3600 during office hours which are Monday
through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Airport Administration Office is closed for the
holidays on December 24, 25 and 31, and January 1.

Source:- Fly San Jose

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