Albuquerque Sunport Holiday Travel Tips

Dec 20, 2021

In preparation for one of the most-traveled holidays and some of the busiest travel days since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Albuquerque International Sunport has some holiday travel tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

“We know everyone is eager to safely reunite with friends and family this holiday season, making it even more important to plan ahead,” said Richard McCurley, Interim Director of Aviation for the City of Albuquerque. “To ensure a safe holiday traveling experience for all passengers, we recommend arriving to the airport early, checking flight status frequently, making sure what you pack is TSA-approved, and of course, wear a mask.”

AAA is projecting 6.4 million airline passengers between December 23 and January 2, but the Transportation Security Administration does not expect to screen as many passengers as over the Thanksgiving holiday. The busiest days for travel at the Sunport are expected to be Thursday, December 23; Monday, December 27; and Monday, January 3.

The Sunport and TSA offer the following tips for passengers to help navigate upcoming holiday travel:

  • Anticipate longer than normal wait times and the possibility that some shops, restaurants, or
    amenities may not be available
  • Arrive to the airport at least two hours prior to flight departure
  • The Sunport has three on-site parking options: a four-level parking garage and two economy
    lots, all accessible from the lower level
  • Check directly with the airline for the most up-to-date flight information
  • Visit or @AskTSA on Twitter for information related to allowable items in both carry-on
    and checked baggage
  • Passengers are permitted one carry-on bag and one personal item (such as a purse,
    backpack, or diaper bag) through the security checkpoint
  • Remember the 3-1-1 rule: any liquids must be 3 ounces or less and fit comfortably in one
    quart-size zip-top bag, one bag per passenger
  • A valid New Mexico drivers license is acceptable for security screening and to board an aircraft
  • Wear a face mask at all times within the airport and on the aircraft
  • For COVID-19 information, visit or
NOTICE: On-site parking is limited. Please plan extra time to find parking.  Parking Info