Fresno Yosemite International Airport Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Tips

Airports nationwide, including Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT), will be busy during the Thanksgiving travel period, which begins Friday, November 17 and concludes on Tuesday, November 28. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) projects the busiest days during the 12-day travel period are the Tuesday and Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving and the Sunday afterward.

Passengers are encouraged to arrive early and be prepared for travel. With flights anticipated to be at or near capacity, fewer options may be available to accommodate rebooking if flights are missed.

During this busy travel season, FAT’s goal is to make the travel experience a convenient and happy one. For easy and carefree travel, FAT offers these tips to help with the holiday travel journey:


  • Passengers are strongly encouraged to arrive early at the airport up to two hours prior to domestic flight departures and up to three hours prior to international flights.
  • Please be prepared to be patient and flexible. While the current weather forecast does not show impacts during the holiday travel period, things can change very rapidly and affect travel plans.
  • Check with your airline on flight status before leaving for the airport. Convenient flights status links are available on most airline websites and mobile apps, or passengers may telephone their airline for flight status information.

Pack Smart

  • Pack smart; start with empty bags. By packing for travel with empty bags, passengers are less likely to bring prohibited items through a TSA checkpoint. Check for prohibited items by using the “What Can I Bring?” page at .
  • Transporting firearms and ammunition: If you plan to travel with a firearm, you must properly pack the firearm in a hard-sided, locked case in your checked bag and declare it with the airline at the ticket counter when checking inPassengers are prohibited from packing firearms in carry-on luggage and bringing them to the airport security checkpoint and onboard aircraft. Bringing a firearm to a TSA checkpoint is expensive and time-consuming and can cause delays. Please review information on transporting firearms at .

TSA Security Screening

  • Review TSA’s 3-1-1 Liquids Rule for carry-on bags. Passengers may bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes in their carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces or less per item. Pack items that are in containers larger than 3.4 ounces in checked baggage.
  • Traveling with Food Tip: If you can spill it, spray it, spread it, pump it, or pour it, the TSA considers this item a liquid. And if it’s larger than 3.4 ounces, then it should go in a checked bag. See more food for thought at TSA Thanksgiving travel tips.


  • Parking is in high demand during the peak holiday periods. Since lots can fill up quickly, please keep an alternate lot in mind in case your first choice is no longer available upon arrival. Travelers with parking questions can contact FAT’s parking operator SP+ at 559.252.0052. For parking options and a printable map, please visit .

Cell Phone Waiting and Ground Transportation

  • A Free Cell Phone Waiting Area is conveniently located near the terminal to accommodate friends and family who are picking up arriving passengers. Look for the blue signs to the lot entrance. Drivers must stay with their vehicles.
  • Rideshare drop-off and pick-up area, Fresno Area Express (FAX), and V-Line are in front of terminal Departures curb at the center median and marked with blue signage. For a map of ground transportation locations, please visit .
  • Taxi service is available across from the Baggage Claim doors at the center median.

Holiday Entertainment at FAT

  • The Holiday Music Program returns on Tuesday, November 21 for the seventh straight year with live musical performances by a talented lineup of local pianists and Mariachi Tenochtitlan. As part of the Airport’s Arts & Culture Program, these musicians will entertain travelers and create a festive holiday vibe throughout the season.
  • Several decorated and illuminated trees, including a Patriotic Tree, set the holiday tone in the terminal and giant holiday themed selfie stations in the central lobby area welcomes friends and family to capture holiday photos.

Health and Safety

Thanksgiving Travel Updates

For Thanksgiving holiday travel updates, like us on at iflyfresno or follow us on Twitter @iflyfresno and Instagram @iFlyFresno or visit our website at .

Fresno Yosemite International Airport – Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) is one of the largest drivers in economic activity in the Central San Joaquin Valley. Domestic and international carriers serving FAT offer Valley travelers daily nonstop flights to Chicago (December 21, 2023 – January 8, 2024), Dallas Fort Worth, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Guadalajara, León, and Morelia in Mexico and soon Atlanta (June 2024) and Dallas Love Field (June 2024).

Fresno Yosemite International Airport and Fresno Chandler Executive Airport are municipally owned entities operating as a self-supporting enterprise.

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