Double-digit gains in international traffic help drive milestone achievement
SAN FRANCISCO – January 31, 2017 – the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) today announced a new all-time record for traffic, serving 53,106,505 passengers in 2016. This achievement eclipses the milestone of 50 million passengers set in 2015, and represents the seventh straight year of passenger traffic growth at SFO. Overall traffic grew by 6.1% year-over-year, which included double-digit growth in international passenger traffic.
“The unprecedented passenger traffic growth at SFO reaffirms our status as the premier international gateway for the Bay Area,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “These gains are a win for our travelers, but are also a benefit for local Bay Area economies, as it translates to more jobs and more business income.”
Double-digit growth in international traffic
SFO posted a 10% increase in international traffic in 2016. Gains included new international airlines at SFO, including the Icelandic low-cost airline WOW, Fiji Airways, and Volaris, the second-largest airline in Mexico. In addition, United Airlines launched three new international destinations from SFO in 2016, including first-ever nonstop flights from SFO to Tel Aviv and two new cities in China: X’ian and Hangzhou. China Eastern also added the first nonstop service to Quingdao. With these gains, SFO now serves more cities in China than any other airport in the Americas.
In its most recent economic impact study, SFO continues to make a significant contribution to Bay Area economies. Highlights from the report include:
- In 2015, SFO directly accounted for more than $7.8 billion in business activity, and over 39,000 direct jobs at the Airport
- Factoring off-site business activities that depend directly on local air service for staff movements, cargo deliveries, or visitor spending, SFO contributed $34.6 billion in business sales with approximately 158,400 jobs to Bay Area economies
- The indirect and direct spin-off activities associated with suppliers of goods and services to directly affected businesses, and the re-spending of additional worker income on consumer goods and services, raises the total regional economic impact to nearly $61.7 billion in business sales, including $20.7 billion in total payroll and over 295,300 jobs
In March 2016, the International Trade Administration, an agency of the Department of Commerce, reported that the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) experienced the highest rate of international passenger traffic growth of any airport in the United States for 2015. According to statistics, SFO posted a 9% increase in international travelers, ahead of other major international gateway airports such as New York-JFK, LAX, and Miami. SFO exceeded these figures with a 10% traffic gain in 2016.
About San Francisco International Airport
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 46 international cities on 39 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport connects non-stop with 79 cities in the U.S. on 13 domestic airlines. SFO is proud to offer upgraded free Wi-Fi with no advertising. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit www.flysfo.com. Follow us on www.twitter.com/flysfo and www.facebook.com/flysfo.