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SFO Posts Highest Rate of International Traffic Growth Among U. S. Airports

Airport tops Department of Commerce report on international traffic for 2015

The International Trade Administration (ITA), an agency of the Department of Commerce, reported that San Francisco International Airport (SFO) experienced the highest rate of international passenger traffic growth of any airport in the United States for 2015.  SFO posted a 9% increase in international travelers, ahead of other major international gateway airports such as New York-JFK, LAX, and Miami.

“Through our pursuit of smart traffic growth, SFO achieved a new milestone in 2015, serving a record 50 million total passengers,” said Airport Director John L. Martin.  “The ITA report on international traffic growth further highlights the success of our efforts, which include improved facilities, a keen eye on cost control, and an unwavering commitment to the guest experience.”

In 2015, SFO welcomed the following new airlines and new flights:

  • April – Turkish Airlines launched nonstop service to Istanbul
  • May – Swiss International added flights to Zurich
  • June – China Southern began nonstop service to Guangzhou
  • September – COPA launched with nonstop service to Panama City
  • December – Air India launched the first nonstop flight from U.S. West Coast to Delhi
  • December – Qantas returned to SFO, with nonstop service to Sydney

In 2016, SFO looks forward to the following new service:

  • March – United Airlines begins nonstop service to Tel Aviv
  • May – Air Berlin launches with nonstop service to Düsseldorf
  • May – United Airlines begins new nonstop flights to Xi’an
  • June – United Airlines begins the first U.S. nonstop flight to Singapore
  • June – WOW Air launches nonstop flights to Reykjavík
  • June – Fiji Airways inaugurates nonstop service to Nadi
  • July – United Airlines begins nonstop service to Auckland
  • July – United Airlines launches nonstop service to Hangzhou

Nationally, the ITA reported record international traffic of 209.1 million passengers traveling to and from the United States in 2015, an increase of 6% over the previous year.  The study also noted that nationwide traffic to and from China increased by 25% in 2015.


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SFO Releases Super Bowl 50 Statistics, Economic Impact

Airport estimates more than $4.6M in additional revenue from game-related traffic

SFO released statistics and economic impact figures from the Super Bowl 50 event held in the San Francisco Bay Area on February 7, 2016.  The Airport reported on passenger traffic, private and corporate aircraft activity, and concession revenues related to Super Bowl travel and tourism.  Key findings included:

  • SFO experienced a 15.7% increase in commercial passenger traffic compared to the previous year, with 1.2 million passengers traveling through the airport from February 1-9, 2016.
  • The airport and its concession tenants realized over $4.6M in additional revenue as a result of Super Bowl 50 travel; with some retailers reporting sales increases of more than 500%.
  • From February 1-8, 2016, private and corporate aircraft activity increased 56% compared to the same period the previous year.

“The San Francisco Bay Area hosted the most innovative and most philanthropic Super Bowl in the sport’s history and the big boost to SFO with increased passenger traffic and private and corporate aircraft activity, and concession revenues demonstrates, once again, that the economic activity generated from Super Bowl 50 will greatly benefit our City,” said Mayor Ed Lee.  “This is just another example of how Super Bowl 50 created jobs and opportunities for our residents and for the entire San Francisco Bay Area region.”

“SFO continues to serve as an economic engine for the San Francisco Bay Area, as demonstrated by the increased passenger traffic directly related to Super Bowl 50,” said Airport Director John L. Martin.  “My sincere thanks go out to the entire Airport community for making this milestone event a success.”

SFO began preparations for Super Bowl 50 traffic over a year in advance, meeting with airport officials in Phoenix to gain insights from the previous year’s host airport.  The Airport conducted ongoing coordination meetings with the airlines, vendors, tenants, federal agencies, the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee and other stakeholders to ensure parties were prepared to handle increases in traffic volume.  SFO also recently hosted airport officials from Houston, the city that will host Super Bowl 51, to share best practices.


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