Norman Y. Mineta San José Airport is a public international airport located in San Jose and covers about 1,050 acres. It is a city-owned entity, which is managed by the city of San Jose. The airport codes are ATA: SJC, FAA LID: SJC, ICAO: KSJC. Besides, it is an official "Customs, and Border Protection" international port in the U.S. SJC is situated in the northwest of Downtown San Jose, which takes only three miles to get there. Interestingly, the airport received its current name from a native Norman Minet, San José, who worked for George W. Bush as a Transportation Secretary; Later for the Cabinet of Bill Clinton as Commerce Secretary. Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport or shortly SJC is the second-busiest airport in Bay Area according to passenger boarding numbers. The airport serves Silicon Valley and Santa Clara County and has both domestic and international flights.
The Capacity of San José International Airport
In 2018 SJC served 14.3 million passengers in 2018, prevailing its previous record - 14.2 million, set in 2001. Since 2012, this airport was known as one of the United State's major, fast-growing airports. According to statistics of 2018, the departing and arriving passengers at San Jose Airport traveling through Southwest Airlines reached 45.4%; The second most popular airline was Alaska Airlines, with approximately 17.6% of passengers.
The History and The Economic Impact of SJC
1948 was a year when Southwest Airways, later named as Pacific Air Lines, operated the first flight in San Jose's airport. The trips run between the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 1990, the airport's first terminal, namely Terminal A, was opened to accommodate the American operation. Due to 2001, September 11 attacks, several Airlines canceled and dropped their flights, that as a result, caused the loss for the city of San Jose and its airport. Later, at the beginning of 2010, SJC expanded its service for the first time, after those several unprofitable years. Since 2016, Southwest Airlines considerably developed service soon after connecting the number of domestic flights and, in 2019, added new flights to Maui and Honolulu.