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Published on : Saturday, November 23, 2013
The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced the start of the holiday travel season with tips for passengers, information on parking, and a schedule of live music in the terminals. The holiday travel season will begin in earnest on Friday, November 22nd with more than 130,000 passengers arriving and departing SFO, making it the single busiest day of the period. In total, more than 1.2 million travelers will pass through SFO between Friday, November 22nd and Sunday, December 1st.
“We are committed to doing everything we can to make travel at SFO as enjoyable as possible,” said Kandace Bender, Deputy Airport Director, Communications & Marketing. “We welcome the opportunity to help our guests to reunite with family and friends this holiday season.”
Travelers at SFO can once again enjoy live music during the holiday season. The popular You Are Hear series of live music will resume, with a wide variety of Bay Area musicians performing in terminal locations around the Airport.
Getting to SFO Quickly and Conveniently
Transit & Shared Rides
With holiday passenger volumes, SFO recommends that travelers take transit or share rides to the Airport. BART provides direct service from San Francisco and the East Bay, and there are several shuttle services to SFO. To learn more about transportation options and to plan your trip on to SFO. If travelers elect to drive, they should allow extra time for parking, or have someone drop them off. Travelers are encouraged to check with their airline to confirm their flight.
Parking availability will be tight this Thanksgiving
In anticipation of peak holiday parking demand, SFO strongly advises travelers to take an alternate mode of transportation to and from the Airport. All parking facilities are expected to be at or near capacity by Thanksgiving and the day after, so please plan accordingly. The daily maximum parking rate at Long Term Parking is $18 per day; the International Garages is $28 per day; and the Domestic Garage is $36 per day. Use FasTrak® available lanes to enter and quickly exit SFO’s parking garages.
Kiss-and-Fly; Cell Phone Lot; Short-Term Parking for $2
During periods of peak traffic, SFO encourages people to drop off friends and family at the Kiss-and-Fly curb at the rental car facility, where they can catch the AirTrain and be at the Airport in minutes. SFO also offers a free cell-phone parking lot, located adjacent to the Long Term Parking surface lot just five minutes north of the terminals. The Airport also offers short-term parking at $2 per 20 minutes in the hourly terminal garages for people who want to park and help their arriving parties at baggage claim.
You Are Hear! – Live Music is Back at SFO This Holiday
The popular live music series at SFO, You Are Hear!, will return for the holiday with performances at several locations around the Airport.
The “Wag Brigade”Stress-Relief Dogs
In December, SFO will launch a new program, titled “Wag Brigade,” to bring trained dogs to the terminals to make passenger travel more enjoyable. The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) will bring nine dogs, certified through their Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Program, to roam the terminals to take the stress out of holiday travel. Carefully selected for their temperament and airport suitability, the dogs will wear vests that read “Pet Me!” identifying dogs of all sizes and breeds by name.
TSA Security Regulations
Passengers traveling during the holidays are strongly encouraged to arrive at the Airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights and two hours prior to international flights.
Passengers who pack liquids or gels as carry-on baggage are limited to amount of three (3) ounces or less. Such items should be packed in a single re-sealable quart-size plastic bag, with one per traveler.
Source:- Fly Sfo