San José, Calif. – Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) served 831,020 departing and arriving passengers in August 2013, a 6.7 percent increase compared to the same month last year. This is the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year increased passenger traffic, for an overall calendar year-to-date increase of 5.2 percent.
The upward trend at SJC is expected to continue through the current calendar year because of expanded air service choices for Silicon Valley travelers, new carriers coming to San José, and an improving local and global economy.
SJC added two new airlines in 2013. All Nippon Airways now has daily flights to Tokyo on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner after its initial launch in January. Virgin America arrived at SJC in May, and along with Delta Air Lines each added four daily flights to Los Angeles. Delta added a fifth daily nonstop to LAX in September after experiencing strong passenger bookings.
Other large increases in passengers during the peak summer travel month of August were posted by Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Southwest Airlines. Alaska added flights to Seattle and previously expanded service to both Guadalajara and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Hawaiian had double-digit increases in passengers traveling to Maui, and Southwest added flights to Orange County.
“We have implemented a number of measures to encourage airlines to add and expand service to serve Silicon Valley, and these efforts continue to grow wings,” said Director of Aviation Kim Becker Aguirre. “We are incredibly grateful to so many community partners – our airlines, residents and businesses, City public-private leadership and our employees – for helping us achieve this upward trend in passenger activity and for their support of our world-class airport.”
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 email@example.com, or mail to: SJC Air Service Development, 1701 Airport Blvd, Suite B-1130, San José,