Nothing reflects economic prosperity more than a growing airport.
San Jose Mineta International Airport has been flying high for the last year, attracting new international services to China, Japan, London, Canada and Germany while growing its domestic services across the board.
In May, it served more than 1 million travel customers - a milestone the local airport hasn't reached since 2007.
"The traffic figures also reflect a 17 percent increase, with 1,060,412 passengers served in May 2017, up from 906,070 in May 2016. This significant growth is expected to continue through year-end 2017 based upon SJC airlines' published flight schedules." Read more in SJEconomy.com here.
Back in April, the airport completed an $8 million expansion of its international terminal to accommodate all this growth.
And just the month previous to that, SJC was recognized as America's Best Run Airport.
And we've been there every step of the way.
In fact, our organization has been a champion of Silicon Valley's airport since the beginning. Check out this issue from the 1949 San Jose Business - our newsletter of the time.
Published February 1949:
San Jose Municipal Airport has officially opened. Dedication of the $500,000 field was held February 1, in which Ernest H. Renzel Jr., was chairman. Mr. Renzel, chairman of the Chamber's aviation committee and also chairman of the 1939Citizens Airport Committee, arranged the dedicatory program which included speeches by leaders of military, Naval and civilian aviation. For the past 10 years, the San Jose Chamber of Commerce has aided in bringing the old airport up to CAA standards, and assisted in the dedication ceremonies in furnishing printed programs and badges for the distinguished guests. Southwest Airways has flown out of Moffett Field for nearly two years, but operations ended with the opening of the San Jose Municipal Airport and the line's move to the new field.
Now, we are excited to welcome the latest international carrier to SJC - Aeromexico!