plane.jpgRepresentatives from airports across the Bay Area are encouraging passengers to prepare for the swell of travelers who are kicking off the summer travel season this Memorial Day weekend.

Officials at San Francisco International Airport expect travel to increase by 4.35 percent this year compared to Memorial Day weekend 2009.

An estimated 130,000 people will fly in and out of SFO today and Monday, airport officials said. About 120,000 people are expected to fly through on Memorial Day.

The airport’s long-term parking facility will likely be full. Drivers will be given a voucher at the long-term parking lot that will allow them to park in the domestic garage at reduced rates.

Another 80,000 passengers are expected to fly through Oakland International Airport today and Monday, according to the airport.

Mineta San Jose International Airport is expected to have the same passenger volume as last year, but travelers are encouraged to arrive at their airlines’ terminal about 90 minutes before departure.

The Bay Area is supposed to be clear this weekend, but weather across the country is volatile and could lead to delays, according to airport officials.

Passengers should check with their airlines to make sure their flights are on time.

AAA reported about 4 million Californians are expected to travel 50 miles or more this weekend, including about 360,000 airline passengers. That’s a 7.8 percent increase from last year.

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