San José, Calif. – Passenger traffic increased 5.5 percent at Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) in March 2014 compared to the same month in 2013. SJC served 738,232 departing and arriving passengers in March, for an overall calendar year to date increase of 7.8 percent.
Passenger growth in March is due to additional flights to Los Angeles. Southwest Airlines posted the largest increase year-over-year with added frequency to Orange County. Strong passenger loads on All Nippon Airways‘ daily nonstop flight to Tokyo on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was an important contributor to the growth.
“SJC’s passenger traffic grew 5.5 percent in March which is significant relative to many US airports, and is consistent with the strong growth we have experienced over the past 15 months,” said Director of Aviation Kim Becker Aguirre. “We continue to aggressively pursue new opportunities with our airline partners as one our key priorities is to maintain and grow air service to meet the travel needs of our Silicon Valley customers.”
Additional enhancements to flights are expected in spring as Southwest Airlines added another daily nonstop flight each to Denver, Orange County, San Diego and Seattle on April 8. Just in time for summer, Hawaiian Airlines will resume daily wide-body service to Honolulu onMay 16 with connections to Auckland, Osaka and Seoul. Delta Air Lines will launch service to Seattle with four daily nonstop flights on May 29. Delta will also expand nonstop service to LAX with six daily flights on May 2 and seven daily flights on June 7. Alaska Airlines inaugurates daily nonstop flights to Salt Lake City effective June 12.
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 8.8 million passengers in 2013, a 5.9 percent increase year-over-year, and was the second fastest growing medium hub airport in the US. SJC offers approximately 130 daily flights on 13 domestic and international carriers to 29 nonstop destinations.
SJC’s five-star customer service experience sets it apart from other Bay Area and US airports. Airlines and passengers respond positively to SJC’s customer amenities, including modern terminal buildings, free and fast WiFi, comfortable seating with built-in power outlets, a luxurious VIP lounge that is open to all travelers and a rental car center conveniently located across from the terminals. Silicon Valley’s airport is located in San José, California’s third largest city and the nation’s tenth largest city. SJC facts can be found here. For more airport information, visit www.flysanjose.com.