Airport Offers Tips for Busy 4th of July and Summer Travel

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Fresno Yosemite International Airport Offers Tips for Busy 4th of July and Summer Travel

Fresno, CA – Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) expects a busy 4th of July holiday weekend and summer travel season. Fully recovered to pre-pandemic passenger levels and beyond, travelers are encouraged to arrive early and to check with their airline for any requirements to ensure seamless travels. With flights anticipated near or at capacity, fewer options may be available to accommodate rebooking if flights are missed.

As industry efforts to minimize nationwide flight disruptions continue, travelers are encouraged to monitor airline flight status as well as prepare for any changes to itineraries. Travelers are advised to immediately contact their airline if their flight has been impacted. Medications should be kept on their person in the event of delayed checked, or gate checked carry-on baggage. It is strongly recommended that travelers arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to departure for domestic flights, and at least three hours prior to departure for an international flight. With the expected high volume of air passenger traffic this summer, travelers are reminded to please pack their patience to help ensure a pleasant travel experience.

“With record passenger volume forecasted through FAT during the summer travel period, the airport is prepared to accommodate travelers and guests and is excited to be part of their journey to long awaited vacation getaways, friends and family gatherings, and business trips,” said Director of Aviation Henry Thompson.

FAT is ready for summer travel with more flights and the addition of new parking to serve travelers.  As always, airport facilities will be clean and comfortable, and friendly staff will be on hand to greet travelers as well as friends and family who have come to welcome visitors to Fresno.

More Flights, More Choices

With more flights and more choices this summer, the airport will keep travelers well connected to the people and places they love. Expanded destinations and schedules for travelers flying FAT now and through the summer include:

  • New airline aha! twice weekly service to Reno-Lake Tahoe.
  • United Airlines daily service between Fresno and Chicago operated with a mainline aircraft.
  • Aeromexico increased seat capacity to Guadalajara by operating daily flights from six days a week through August 31, and twice daily service on Tuesdays through August 31.
  • Southwest adding a fourth daily Las Vegas flight to their July 5 – September 5 schedule operating Sunday – Friday.
  • United Airlines increased seat capacity to the Denver market by operating three daily flights from two with a mainline aircraft on two of their three flights.
  • American Airlines increased daily Dallas Fort Worth service to four flights from three.

In addition to these expanded summer destinations and schedules, airline partners Alaska Airlines, Allegiant and Delta Airlines offer service from FAT to popular nonstop cities and beyond.

More Parking

New parking options are available this summer at FAT with the opening of the airport’s four-level garage.  Conveniently located across from terminal entrances and baggage claim, the new garage makes it easier to park and fly. The new garage features more than 900 parking spaces, ADA accessible stalls, Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations, Pay-on-Foot kiosks and is equipped with innovative Park Assist Technology.

Health & Safety

Our airport staff continue round-the-clock cleaning using high-grade disinfectants produced in-house to ensure your peace of mind as you travel through FAT. To learn more about continued airport and airline safety measures, visit “Moving You Forward.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that people wear face masks in indoor areas of public transportation and transportation hubs. CDC provides health recommendations for domestic travel during COVID-19 and for international travel on its website at:

Please check with your airline and destination for any mask requirements.

TSA Security Screening

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 on

TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer up to 12 ounces per passenger in carry-on bags until further notice. Learn more about the TSA “Stay Healthy, Stay Secure” campaign.

Amenities at FAT

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.

A Pet Relief Area is located post security on the first floor next to Starbucks. An airport authorized escort is required to gain access. Authorized escort personnel can be reached by using a nearby courtesy phone.

Fresno Yosemite International Airport – Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) is one of the Central San Joaquin Valley’s largest drivers of economic activity, with $928 million in pre-pandemic annual economic activity and 10,800 direct, induced, and indirect jobs. Domestic and international carriers serving FAT offer Valley travelers daily nonstop flights to Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Reno-Tahoe, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Guadalajara, León, Morelia, and Mexico City in Mexico.

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

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