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Spring Travel Tips

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If your spring travels are taking you through SBA, don’t forget to arrive early and be prepared! Follow our helpful tips and tricks to make sure your travels are smooth during the busy season:

⌚ ARRIVAL: Arrive 2 hours early, especially during peak travel times and days (early morning hours, Thurs–Sun, and holidays). SBA is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy a snack or beverage from one of the concessionaires before your flight!

🚙 PARKING: SBA has three parking lots for travelers. During peak travel days, there is often limited parking available in the Short or Long Term Parking Lot. The Economy Parking Lot (140 Frederick Lopez Road) is open 24/7 with shuttle service. Even better: catch a ride from a friend, grab a taxi, or utilize a rideshare service!

🚧 CONSTRUCTION: Be advised that Highway 101 and 217 may be impacted by ongoing Caltrans construction. Please allow for extra time to account for potential detours and delays when planning your arrival to the Airport.

🌤️ WEATHER: Keep an eye on the weather forecast. Inclement weather systems can potentially impact flight operations.

💻 FLIGHT STATUS: Check with your airline directly for updates on your flight status.

🧳 CARRY-ONS: Please only bring two carry-on items per person to help ensure the TSA security checkpoint runs smoothly. Visit for more information on what you can and cannot bring.

🚘 PICK UP: Picking up passengers? Remember you cannot park at the curb for any duration of time or leave your vehicle unattended. There are two nearby cell phone lots available for those waiting to pick up their loved ones.

🔑 RENTAL CAR LOT: If you’re renting a car, please note there is a new, temporary route to access the lot from the Terminal. Please allow for extra time to pick up/drop off your vehicle.

For more helpful information, visit the FAQ webpage