Flying out of Sacramento this Thanksgiving? Here’s what you need to know

Sacramento International Airport officials are advising travelers to arrive at least two hours before pre-Thanksgiving flights after a hectic month leading up to one of the year’s busiest transportation days.

November passenger traffic at airport has increased12 percent over last year, which is likely to exacerbate typical Thanksgiving traffic, airport spokeswoman Laurie Slothower said in a news release. The turkey day rush begins Friday and peaks Wednesday, followed by a wave of people returning from their trips Nov. 25-26.

Passengers can relieve stress by petting Boarding Area Relaxation Corp. (BARC) therapy dogs, which will be available throughout Terminal A and B during Thanksgiving week. Local musicians will also serenade fliers as they arrive in both terminals’ baggage claims during the middle of the day Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day.

Both the Economy Lot ($10/day) and Daily Lot ($12/day) are projected to be filled by Thanksgiving, though the parking garage ($18/day) may have some openings. A real-time map on the airport’s website updates the number of available parking spots per lot every five minutes.

Curbside drop-off and pickup is available at both terminals, and airport officials recommend drivers use the free waiting area, commonly known as the cell phone lot, at Crossfield and Lindbergh drives in anticipation of their passengers’ flights landing.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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