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Holiday Travel Advisory

Security checkpoint decorated for the holidays at SBP

SLO County Airport prepares for upcoming holiday travel

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — As the holiday season approaches, the SLO County Airport (SBP) is gearing up to accommodate the increased travel traffic expected during this time of year. For the overall month of November, SBP anticipates an increase of up to 20% in passengers above the prior year’s totals. To ensure a smooth travel experience for all passengers, the airport advises travelers to plan ahead and take note of these important guidelines:

  • Parking information. For travelers driving to the airport, please be aware that parking spaces may fill up quickly during peak travel times. SBP recommends exploring transportation options such as rideshare service or arranging drop-offs when possible.
  • Cell Phone Waiting Area. In our commitment to enhancing passenger experiences, SBP is pleased to introduce a new Cell Phone Waiting Area. This designated parking area allows drivers picking up arriving passengers to park temporarily for free, conveniently located near the terminal. The Cell Phone Waiting Area has free Wi-Fi, lighted, and has onsite restroom facilities. The intent of the Cell Phone Waiting Area is to help streamline the pick-up process, reducing congestion around the terminal curbside.
  • Early Arrival and Check-in. SBP urges all passengers to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours prior to their scheduled departure time. This allows ample time for check-in procedures, security screenings, and navigating through the terminal especially during this heightened travel season.
  • Understand the security process. When going through the security checkpoint, come prepared to follow the 3-1-1 rule for your liquids and gels: 3 ounces of liquid in a 1-quart bag, 1 bag per person. Preparing your liquids ahead of time helps prevent crowding in the security line.
  • Enhanced health and safety measures are in place. SBP is continuously working to provide a safe and convenient travel experience. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the terminal, both pre- and post- security for individual use. The airport has outdoor tables, seating, and snacks may be enjoyed outside.

“During this busy holiday travel season, we continuously strive to provide a seamless and enjoyable travel experience for all passengers,” said Courtney Johnson, Director of Airports. “We encourage travelers to heed our recommendations for early arrival, taking advantage of our new Cell Phone Waiting Area, and understand the security process prior to arriving at the airport. Travel, especially in and out of SBP, does not have to be stressful.”

Adding to the joy of the season, SBP is adorned with festive non-denominational décor throughout the terminal. Travelers passing through will experience a warm and welcome holiday ambiance as they embark on their journeys.

SLO County Airport (SBP) serves areas as far north as Southern Monterey County and as far south as Northern Santa Barbara County. The airport offers convenient access to and from the Central Coast. Residents and visitors have the choice of three commercial airlines with flights to several major U.S. hubs. The airport is also home to full-service general aviation and corporate facilities. For more information, visit