Your Guide to Fresno Yosemite International Airport
By BARRY EITEL
Located in the eastern part of Fresno, California’s fifth-largest city, Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FYI) connects the beautiful region of Fresno County with the rest of the world.
The granite cliffs of Yosemite National Park, massive sequoias of the Sierra Nevadas and the quirky, friendly cities of Fresno County are just a quick flight away. With an international airport, inexpensive yet refined lodgings and an endlessly walkable downtown area, Fresno County should be your next California escape.
The Best Time to Visit Fresno County Is...Always
With more than 300 days of sunshine every year, there isn’t really a bad time to visit Fresno County. “Visitors will find sunshine year-round with plenty of activities to enjoy in the city or off of the beaten path,” says FYI spokesperson Claudia Arguelles-Miller.
According to Arguelles-Miller, airlines routinely offer flight specials to and from Fresno County. “Sign up online with your favorite airline to receive promotional packages and airfare deal alerts,” she suggests.
Once you’ve landed, most of Fresno County is easily reachable by using the CA-99, CA-41, CA-180 and CA-168 freeways. Getting to and from the airport is usually pretty easy – Fresno County traffic is a breeze compared to the congested metropolises on the coast. “Fresno’s freeway system provides for easy travel to Fresno Yosemite International Airport from any part of the city,” she says.
Relax, San Joaquin Delta Style
The airport recommends domestic travelers arrive two hours before departure and international travelers arrive three hours before their flight. Fortunately, there is plenty at FYI to keep visitors occupied.
FYI has the amenities cosmopolitan travelers expect from their airport. “Travelers can enjoy their favorite Starbucks coffee while sitting under one of the giant, full-sized models of sequoia trees located in the terminal lobby,” points out Arguelles-Miller. “The unique Sequoiascape in the terminal lobby provides travelers with a sense of the close proximity to the national parks and highlights the airport as the gateway to California’s world-class adventures.” In addition, the “John Muir Grill offers a unique rustic dining experience surrounded by large murals of the national parks and an outdoor-inspired theme.”
The airport is even an artistic hotspot for the region. “The airport is partnering with the Fresno Art Museum to display local and regional works of art, providing travelers the opportunity to preview the artistic talents from the area,” she says.
And in the near future, wines produced in the fertile Central Valley will be served up to thirsty travelers. “A second amenity planned to showcase the diverse offerings of the region is the soon-to-be-added wine bar featuring local wines from the Central Valley, giving visitors the opportunity to sample local vintages,” adds Arguelles-Miller.
An International Hub
Over 1.4 million people arrive at and depart from FYI every year. For a more modest airport, the number of travelers passing through it every day is astounding.
“Fresno Yosemite International Airport is served by five domestic and two international airlines to eight domestic gateway hubs and one foreign hub [Guadalajara],” says Arguelles-Miller, “plus point-to-point service to three other cities. The airport offers one-stop service to nearly 250 domestic and 75 international destinations on five continents.”
FYI’s amenities, convenient location and connections to the world create the ultimate gateway to your sun-drenched California escape.
Visit Fresno County, California’s year-round playground!