Volume 42 | Thursday, January 27th, 2022
Super Bowl LVI
Welcome back to Jump Seat. Super Bowl LVI takes place on Sunday, February 13th, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. The FAA has posted air traffic procedures and guidance for the increased general aviation demand that is expected over this period. Airports throughout the entire Los Angeles area and the southwestern United States from Las Vegas to Phoenix to San Francisco will see a significant spike in traffic leading up to the game and into the next day. 

If you plan to operate to any airports listed below and in the FAA NOTAM, contact your FBO immediately to secure reservations for parking overnight or drop-and-go procedures.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Van Nuys Airport (VNY)
  • Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR)
  • Long Beach Airport (LGB)
  • Jack Northrup Field / Hawthorne Municipal Airport (HHR)
  • John Wayne Airport (SNA)
  • Ontario International Airport (ONT)
  • San Bernardino International Airport (SBD)
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)
  • Las Vegas Harry Reid Airport (LAS)
  • Henderson Executive Airport (HND)
  • North Las Vegas Airport (VGT)
Please note, LAS will require FBO reservations for both the Super Bowl and the Pro Bowl that is scheduled for the weekend prior.

Route Structure

ZLA (Los Angeles Center) will add required routes for IFR jets and turboprops into LAX, BUR, VNY, LGB, SNA, HHR, SMO, ONT, SBD, PSP, SAN, CNO, and TOA. The ARINCDirect flight planning tools will reflect those particular routes via the AutoGenerated route option on the date and times they are required.

ATC Traffic Management Procedures

Expect ground stops and ground delay programs at any of the major and mid-major airports mentioned by the FAA NOTAM. Expected Departure Clearance Times, or EDCTs, miles-in-trail, and airborne holding are all possible traffic mitigation tools that could be used. We recommend that you plan your fuel accordingly.

Peak operations for the Super Bowl are as follows:

  • Wednesday, February 9 through (and especially) Saturday, February 12 from 1000 local until 1800 local
  • Sunday, February 13 from 0900 to 1400 local

  • Sunday, February 13 from 2000 to 0300 local
  • Monday, February 14 from 0700 to 2000 local
If you can operate outside of these times, it will reduce your chances of experiencing any traffic-related delays.

Temporary Flight Restriction

A special event Temporary Flight Restriction, or TFR, will be NOTAM-published roughly a week before the Super Bowl. It is anticipated that the TFR will prohibit general aviation operations within a 10-mile radius of the stadium. This will last approximately two to three hours before kickoff through at least one hour after the game ends. There will likely be additional instructions for those operating 10-30 nautical miles outside of the restriction. Finally, TSA screening and gateway procedures will be in effect for LAX departures during the TFR effective times.
Did you know?
  • We can help! Leading up to the event, informational updates are possible. If you are going to be operating to and from the Super Bowl locations, contact the ARINCDirect Flight Operations team with any questions. We can assist with flight planning logistics, up-to-date air traffic information, and delay mitigation. To help you navigate the event, more guidance will be added to the top of your flight planning page.
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