For many travelers, an airport is the gateway to their destination. For those traveling to and from Silicon Valley, Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) offers easy access, modern facilities and excellent service to more than 1 million residents of San Jose and more than 4 million others in the world’s high-tech capital — an area that is constantly changing and growing.
SJC has experienced an unprecedented 60 percent growth in passengers over the past five years, making it North America’s fastest-growing major airport. As passenger traffic reached 15.7 million in 2019 and forecast to rise to 18 million over the next four years, SJC is planning its next phase of expansion that includes a third state-of-the-art terminal and more nearby parking facilities.
“To accommodate our rapid passenger growth, we added six interim gates last year to better serve our customers and airport partners. This temporary facility will serve our passengers for the next five to seven years as we build new facilities to meet our growing demand,” SJC Deputy Director of Aviation Scott Wintner said.
In 2013, All Nippon Airways (ANA) launched a daily nonstop flight to Narita International Airport from SJC with much anticipation as Japan was a top-requested destination by business travelers. Connecting these two major high-tech hubs was a significant milestone as this successful partnership cleared the airways for more international carriers to provide service at SJC.
From March 29, ANA will shift its daily nonstop service to Haneda Airport, which will cut travel time between central Tokyo and the heart of Silicon Valley. The move to Haneda will also open new convenient connections between Silicon Valley and cities throughout Japan. Additionally, Haneda service begins “just in time” for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.