July Increase of 5.4 Percent; Calendar Year-to-Date Increase of 4.9 Percent
SAN JOSÉ, Calif. – Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) served 813,628 departing and arriving passengers in July 2013, a 5.4 percent increase compared to the same month last year. This is the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year increased passenger traffic, for an overall calendar year-to-date increase of 4.9 percent.
The increased traffic is due to more air service to the places Silicon Valley travelers want to go, an improving economy, and diverted flights for a week from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) due to the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash on July 6.
Passenger traffic began a steady year-over-year increase in January 2013 with 0.9 percent, followed by increases of 1.1 percent in February, 5.4 percent in March, April and June, and 9.5 percent in May. The upward trend is expected to continue through the current calendar year. This is due to expanded air service choices for Silicon Valley travelers and their ability to travel for business and leisure due to an improving local economy.
Over the past eight months, SJC added two new airlines and nine additional nonstop flights to Japan and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). All Nippon Airways resumed five weekly flights to Narita International Airport in Tokyo in June on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner after an initial launch in January, and began daily service on July 10. Virgin America and Delta Air Lines launched LAX service each with four daily flights in May and June respectively. Delta will increase LAX service to five daily nonstop flights beginning Sept. 3, 2013, after experiencing strong passenger bookings.
In response to the Asiana Airlines accident, SJC put into action its Alternate Operations Plan and handled a total of 52 flight diversions, and an additional 8,710 passengers deplaned or enplaned, while SFO operations were impacted for seven days. Factoring those additional passengers out, the overall increase in passengers in July would have been 4.2 percent.
“We are extremely pleased that our passenger growth continues and that we were able to help SFO and its passengers on July 6 during the tragic events of the Asiana crash,” said Director of Aviation Bill Sherry. “Bay Area airports compete with each other but, when circumstances dictate, we pull together and collaborate with each other. Ultimately it’s all about the passenger and how we can best serve them.”
Silicon Valley travelers and businesses can help SJC in the region’s combined efforts to increase the choices available for flying from SJC by writing to the airlines to tell them where they want to fly! Community members can send the Airport a copy of communications to airlines at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to: SJC Air Service Development, 1701 Airport Blvd, Suite B-1130, San José, CA 95110.
About Mineta San José International Airport
Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) is Silicon Valley’s airport, a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City of San José. SJC served 8.3 million passengers in 2012, and offers approximately 135 daily flights on 13 domestic and international carriers to 30 nonstop destinations.
The airport’s $1.3 billion comprehensive modernization project, completed in 2010, makes SJC one of the most technologically advanced airports in the nation and the first terminal awarded LEED Silver certification for environmental sustainability. Silicon Valley’s airport is located in San José, California’s third largest city and the nation’s tenth largest city. Facts about SJC can be found here: www.flysanjose.com/fl/about/newsroom/AirportStats.pdf. SJC’s website is www.flysanjose.com/fl.