The largest crush at the three Bay Area airports is over, but they are expected to stay bustling through the end of the weekend as Thanksgiving travelers make their way to and from the region.
The start of the holiday season kicked off with more than 130,000 passengers arriving and departing from San Francisco International Airport on Friday, according to airport officials.
That day is expected to be the busiest until the holiday travel period ends, but constant, larger-than-usual crowds should be expected until Sunday, airport duty manager Joe Walsh said.
Complicating travel plans is a storm in the Northeast, which began affecting airports in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Boston and elsewhere Wednesday, Walsh said.
At Oakland International Airport, spokesman Scott Wintner is warning seasoned travelers to expect “a lot more occasional travelers” who are not familiar with airport procedures and who may be toting strollers, diaper bags and other items that slow them down.
“It tends to clog things up a little bit more,” Wintner said.
Travelers coming and going through Mineta San Jose International Airport are expected to be accompanied by an increase in fellow passengers. Compared to the same 12-day period between Nov. 22 and Dec. 3 last year, the airport anticipates a 5 percent increase in passenger traffic.