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Here's what to expect as holiday travel kicks off at Sacramento International Airport

Sacramento International Airport had already seen a rush in travelers. Here's what travelers can expect and how to be prepared.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Across the nation, AAA predicts that 4.2 million people will be flying this Thanksgiving holiday, hitting pre-pandemic levels. And at home, Sacramento International Airport had already seen a rush in travelers. Here's what travelers can expect and how to be prepared.

"Allow yourself plenty of time to get here," said Scott Johnston, Sacramento International Airport public information officer. 

Johnston recommended a two-hour buffer for those departing — allowing for unforeseen delays. 

He said airport parking lots tended to fill up fast during the holidays. Travelers were encouraged to check spot availability on the airport's website

"There's a graphic that shows you what lots open, what lots are closed and how many spots in each lot," Johnston explained. 

Folks could also check on what airport food spots were open.

"Like a lot of people we do have a little bit of a staff shortage here at the airport, so some of our vendors and concessionaires are not as open as much as we would like," he explained. "That's also information you can find at Sacramento.Aero."

Johnston said guests should also be mindful that masks were still required at all airports.

"With the federal mandate in order, anybody who shows up at the airport has to have a mask," he said. 

If you're leaving home this holiday week, leave early. AAA predicts 53.4 million people will travel for the Thanksgiving...

Posted by AAA Mountain West Group on Monday, November 22, 2021

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