Bay Area’s No. 2 airport one of the fastest-growing in the US

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Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) reached a new passenger record in 2018 by serving 14,319,292 million departing and arriving passengers, a 14.7 percent increase and a new record of 1.8 million more customers choosing SJC for their travel plans over 2017. SJC also marked six consecutive years of solid passenger growth.

On Dec. 19, 2018, the Airport team celebrated surpassing the previous peak of 14.2 million passengers reached in the 12 months ended August 2001, and SJC’s new ranking as the No. 2 Bay Area airport in terms of travelers served, with a press conference to welcome the 14.3 millionth traveler.

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“The SJC team and partners celebrated two incredible milestones in 2018, by marking a new record of serving 14.3 million travelers, 1.8 million more than the prior year, and regaining the No. 2 position among Bay Area airports for passenger activity,” said John Aitken, Director of Aviation for Mineta San Jose International Airport. “Our growth in 2018 was driven not only by new domestic and international routes, but by substantial increases in passengers traveling on newly-competitive routes, including Cabo San Lucas, and day-time New York-JFK flights on two airlines.

Aitken continued, “SJC travelers will be surprised and delighted with new service upgrades in 2019, to include nonstop flights to the places where they want to go; exciting food, beverage and retail concessions; six new boarding gates so airlines can co-locate their flights, reducing passengers’ footsteps in the terminals; and expedited boarding for international passengers with the roll-out of facial recognition technology.”

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The additional 1.8 million passengers who chose SJC year-over-year had more choices than ever in 2018:

 

2018 NEW ROUTE TYPE NONSTOP MARKET AIRLINE
Domestic Albuquerque

Boise

Detroit

Houston-Hobby

New Orleans

Orlando

St. Louis

Spokane

Southwest

Southwest

Delta

Southwest

Southwest

Southwest

Southwest

Southwest

International León, Mexico Volaris
Newly-competitive Atlanta

Austin

Cabo San Lucas

Dallas-Love Field

New York-JFK

Orange County

San Diego

Tucson

Frontier

Frontier

Southwest

Alaska

Alaska and Delta

Alaska

Alaska

Southwest

Seasonal Cincinnati

Mexico City

San Antonio

Tulsa

Frontier

Aeromexico

Frontier

Frontier

 

2019 New Routes* and Services Preview

With additional new routes scheduled to launch in 2019, SJC expects to serve more than 15 million passengers who will enjoy upgraded concessions and hi-tech services:

2019 NEW ROUTE TYPE NONSTOP MARKET AIRLINE START DATE
Domestic El Paso

Everett/Seattle area

Long Beach

Nashville

 

Southwest – 1/13/19

Alaska – TBA**

Southwest – 4/8/19

Southwest – 6/9/19

 

Newly-competitive Hawaiian Islands Southwest – TBA**
Seasonal Raleigh-Durham Southwest – 6/9/19

*All new routes announced as of Feb. 11, 2019.

**Airlines’ pending announcement of launch dates; Southwest to announce which islands to be served nonstop from SJC. 

 

    2019-20 NEW CONCESSIONS BRAND OPENING DATE
Terminal A Club SJC

–           Second location – new!

–           Original location – remodeled

Gordon Biersch (expanded)

Hudson Store

International Beer Union

Shake Shack

Starbucks (Gates 1-5 expanded)

 

 

Summer

Fall

Fall

Spring

Fall

Winter 2020

Fall

 

Terminal B Chick-fil-A

Great American Bagel

Rip Curl

Trader Vic’s (full-service)

Trader Vic’s Outpost (to-go)

Tumi

 

Spring

Summer

Spring

Fall

Fall

Spring

 

Other Notable Service Upgrades in 2019

  • An interim six-gate facility, currently under construction and to be connected at the south end of Terminal B, will allow airlines to co-locate their operations and reduce passengers’ footsteps between gates, security screening and baggage claim. Expected opening is this summer.
  • Facial recognition software and hardware to streamline boarding for departing international travelers. The technology is currently being piloted on ANA’s nonstop flight to Tokyo-Narita, with follow-up testing being planned with additional international carriers. Pending the outcome, this hi-tech service could be available on all departing international flights by summer.