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Holiday Travel Tips For December

Complimentary shuttle van service is available 24 hours a day, 7 day per week between Lot 2 and the Airline Terminal. Handicapped parking is available in all parking lots.

Note to Media Representatives:  The Airport Administration Office, as with many City administrative offices, is closed for employee furlough December 20 – December 31.  However, this does not affect airline operations and passenger services at the airline terminal. 


Media Inquiries:
please contact the Airport Security Operations Center at 805.681.4803. 

Additional holiday information & additional tips:
Between December 17 and  January 3 over 38,000 passengers will travel into and out of SBA.

IndependentTraveler.com predicts that December 20, 21, and 29 will be the best travel days and December 24, 27, 31, January 2, 3 will be the worst travel days during the holidays.  The reason is that both Christmas and New Years are on Saturdays this year making it more likely that people will be leaving mid-day on Thursday or possibly Friday.

Other holiday travel hints:

Scale back on carry-ons. Overhead bins are going to be full, and you could end up being forced to check bags at the door of the plane. Try to limit
 yourself to one carry-on.

Bring diversions. Take along work, books, magazines, a CD player, some healthy snacks -- whatever you need to get through delays. This goes double when traveling with kids.

Keep your cool.

Have phone numbers for everything: your hotel, your car rental agency, your airline, friends at your destination.

Check flight status repeatedly. Know your airline's 800 number as well as your flight numbers and exact times.

See the Air Traffic Control System Command Center Real-time Airport Status site to obtain the latest delay information by airport.

When traveling on an E-ticket, carry a printout of your itinerary from your travel agent, airline, or online booking site.

Give your cell phone a full charge, and write down or program the phone number of your airline so you can call easily as your flight time approaches.

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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