Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Tips from Silicon Valley’s Airport

Published on : Saturday, November 23, 2013

san-jose-international-airport-logoMineta San José International Airport (SJC) staff is prepared to welcome and serve travelers during the busy 12-day Thanksgiving holiday travel period, November 22 through December 3, 2013. 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 holiday are expected to be Friday, November 22,
Wednesday, November 27, Sunday, December 1 and Monday, December 2. 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.

Fly Through Security Checkpoints

During the holidays there are more travelers who are not as familiar with the rules and
procedures for air travel and security. TSA screening procedures now allow passengers
12 and under and 75 and older to leave their shoes on, and the adult group to leave
on light jackets. 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

Source:- Fly San Jose International Airport

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