Busiest travel day at SFO, five days before Christmas


AAA cautions that San Francisco could be one of the most gridlocked cities in America this holiday season as the agency anticipates that more people will be traveling for the holidays


SFO predicts that Thursday will be its busiest travel day ahead of the Christmas holiday: 167,000 passengers are expected to travel by air on this one day alone.

AAA says a record 107.3 million will travel by plane, train, or car between Saturday and New Year’s Day across the United States. The strong economy, AAA says, is the reason for the increased travel.


SFO created a new free, express drop-off and pick-up area in the hourly parking garage to let drivers bypass the terminal roadways.


Inside the terminal though, travelers had to wait in several long lines for check in and security. they advise others to get here an hour and a half early. 

“We got up at 4. No, 4:30,” said Brandon Owan on his way to Seattle.” Too early? Yeah.”


While Thursday should be the busiest at SFO, Oakland and San Jose airports expect Friday to be their top travel day.


Mike Zampa, spokesman at the Oakland airport, said they’re seeing about a 7 percent increase in traffic compared to December of last year.


For those traveling east, storms brewing could create delays at other airports. The first could be a snow storm in the great lakes region starting on Friday. Then there’s a possible snow storm in the Rockies and Denver area, and the third storm to hit the East Coast could slam down on Sunday to Christmas.

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