SFO Community Newsletter
Fall 2021


SFO Employees Clean Up the Shoreline Near the Airport!

More than 50 SFO employees joined in the 2021 California Coastal Cleanup Day, the annual effort to remove trash and plastics from our waterways. This year, SFO employees removed debris from areas near the airport, including Bayfront Park, at the intersection of Millbrae Avenue and Old Bayshore Highway, and the shoreline behind the Mel Leong Treatment Plant.

SFO employees removed 465 pounds of trash and recycling, including a pillow, carpet, foam balls and even an antique Victorian doorknob. SFO employees began participating in the Coastal Cleanup Day in 2019 and, since then, have removed more than 1,000 pounds of garbage and recyclables from local shorelines.

TRAVEL NEWS – The US Re-Opens to Vaccinated International Visitors

SFO welcomes the great news to lift travel restrictions for vaccinated international visitors. Starting in November, international travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter the United States. This will primarily affect those traveling from 30+ countries, including members of the European Union, China, South Africa, Brazil and India. International travelers will need to show proof of vaccination before boarding a plane to the US, and a negative COVID-19 test within 3 days of arrival.

Over the past few months, SFO passenger levels have steadily grown, which is good news for the Airport and the region’s economic recovery efforts. This recent move to re-open the United States to vaccinated travelers, along with the upcoming holiday travel season, promises continued economic growth for the region.

SFO offers vaccines and testing for travelers. Check out SFO’s vaccine video here.


What’s a Plane Spotter? Someone who loves to track airplanes and take photos. Meet Nick Hesler (@NickFlightX), a talented photographer from San Jose whose beautiful photos at SFO caught our eye.

My first time spotting at SFO was all the way back in 2011, soon after Lufthansa launched the first A380 service.

[I got into spotting] around 7 or 8 years old. My next-door neighbor and best friend at the time got Flight Simulator X and I had always enjoyed going over and playing flight sim. A few months later for my birthday, my parents got me the same flight sim and a joystick. The rest is history as they say!

The best thing about plane spotting is getting to meet new people. Whether it’s other spotters, crew for the aircraft, airport personnel, it’s great to see what others bring to the aviation community!

At SFO, my favorite location is Terminal G Garage Air Train Station. You have an almost unobstructed view of the aircraft arriving and departing from the International G gates. Listening to the big GE90s low rumble as they start up is not something you are able to hear at any other airports.

Easily my favorite aircraft to shoot is the Boeing 747! It’s very popular…it’s got the iconic shape that just doesn’t look bad from any angle.

If I could spot anywhere, the top of my list is definitely St. Maarten. Having jets pass low overhead while on a beach is literally paradise for an AVGeek!

Check out Nick on Instagram


The first taste of fall is here! Warm flavors like pumpkin spice and more are featured at our coffee shops! Check out some of our favorites the next time you’re here!

• Vanilla Clove Latte at Illy Caffe (Harvey Milk Terminal 1)
• Pumpkin Oat Foam Cold Brew at Peet’s Coffee (Terminals 2 & 3)
• Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks (Terminal 3 Baggage Claim)
• Lavender Latte at Black Point Café (International Terminal A)
• Pumpkin Latte at Napa Farms (International Terminal G & Terminal 2)
• Spiced Apple Cider at Green Beans Coffee (International Terminal & Terminal 3)

Cafes & Dining at SFO

Flight Arrivals


Service Additions at SFO

View flight schedules for more information. Subject to change without notice.

Airline Destination Effective Date Notes
Air Canada

Calgary (YYC)

Oct. 1

Resume service

Virgin Atlantic

London-Heathrow (LHR)

Oct 2

Resume service

Copa Airlines

Panama City (PTY)

Oct 15

Resume service

United Airlines

Fort Lauderdale (FLL)

Oct 31

Resume service

Singapore Airlines

Hong Kong (HKG)

Nov 2

Resume service

French Bee

Paris (ORY) and Papeete (PPT)

Nov 3

Resume service

Fiji Airways

Nadi (NAN)

Nov 12

Resume service

Alaska Airlines

Tampa (TPA)


Orlando (MCO)

Nov 19


Nov 19

New destination

Resume service

United Airlines

Paris/De Gaulle (CDG)

Dec 2

Resume service


When the heat of the summer evaporates, the Southwest comes alive with colorful and fun fall events like these and more:

SFO offers plenty of flights daily to Southwestern destinations:

  • Albuquerque - United
  • Denver - Frontier, Southwest, United
  • Las Vegas - Alaska, Frontier, United, Southwest
  • Phoenix - Alaska, American, Frontier, United, Southwest
  • Reno - United
  • Salt Lake City - Alaska, Delta, United
  • Tuscon - United

Search for flights at FlySFO.com


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SFO Travel Bag Giveaway

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Book your parking at SFO online, and get access to discounts and specials. 


Airport Health Accreditation health seal


Masks are still required at SFO. Learn more about what to expect when you come through SFO, and about our new Airport Health Accreditation from Airports Council International.

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