Smoother travel at Bay Area airports

December 23, 2008 12:02:17 PM PST
After days of weather-related flight delays at the Bay Area's three major airports, travelers can expect some relief today.

As of 9:30 a.m., there were no major delays or cancellations related to Portland or Seattle-area storms at San Francisco, Mineta San Jose or Oakland international airports, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

"Yesterday we had a pretty congested terminal," San Jose airport spokesman David Vossbrink said. "(But) by the end of the day, things were picking up and the crowds were thinning out."

Oakland International Airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes echoed Vossbrink, saying, "It looks like we're in pretty good shape here today. Yesterday seemed to be a bit more busy."

The Oakland airport continued to see a steady flow of travelers this morning but had shorter lines at curbside check-in as of 10 a.m., Barnes said.

San Francisco International Airport Duty Manager Mike Towle said there are far fewer problems with flights to and from Portland and Seattle today, although a storm in Chicago is causing delays on some flights to that city.

Travelers should still expect crowds and check with their carriers before leaving for the airport.

"It's a busy day," Vossbrink said.

Barnes also suggested that to cut back on time spent in the security lines, travelers carrying gifts should not wrap them until they arrive at their destinations.

"If you have a wrapped gift and there is any concern about it, we have to unwrap it," she said.


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