Silicon Valley’s Airport Marks Ninth Consecutive Month of Passenger Growth

San José, Calif. – Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) served 717,057 departing and arriving passengers in September 2013, a 6.7 percent increase compared to the same month last year. This is the ninth consecutive month of year-over-year increased passenger traffic, for an overall calendar year-to-date increase of 5.3 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-Narita 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 Los Angeles in September after experiencing strong passenger bookings.

Other large increases in passengers in September were posted by Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. Alaska expanded service to both Guadalajara and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, as well as to Portland and Seattle. Hawaiian had increases in passengers traveling to Maui.

“We have experienced strong passenger growth each month this calendar year, and project this upward trend to continue through at least the end of 2013,” said Director of Aviation Kim Becker Aguirre. “We’re pleased to offer more destination choices and flight frequency from Silicon Valley’s Airport, allowing local residents and businesses to easily choose their hometown airport, saving them time and money.”

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 info@sjc.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. SJC facts can be found here: http://www.flysanjose.com/fl/about/newsroom/AirportStats.pdf.  For more airport information, visit www.flysanjose.com.

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