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Arrival Time

New Arrival

How early before the flight should I arrive at the airport?


Re: Arrival Time

DerekH Employee

The arrival times vary depending on time of year and airport. It's recommended that you arrive at least two hours before your scheduled departure time. Though, some airports may recommend more than two hours before. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time, so you can get through TSA with time to spare.

Re: Arrival Time

New Arrival

Southwest recommends arriving at the airport 2hrs before departure for domestic flights, and 3hrs before departure for international flights. Security lines have been longer recently, so you want to leave yourself enough time to go through TSA. And make sure you are at the gate 30mins before departure when boarding begins! 

Re: Arrival Time

Retired Community Manager

@KiranR wrote:

How early before the flight should I arrive at the airport?

Hi Kiran, has a list of every airport we serve, along with the recommended arrival time for each. You can check it out here. Summer is a heavy travel season, so be sure to factor that into your decision.


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