Transportation in San Francisco

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

San Francisco International Airport. IATA: SFO - ICAO: KSFO - FAA LID: SFO


The largest and oldest airport in the region, and a major international hub airport in California second only to LAX (Los Angeles). The airport was first opened on May 7, 1927 on 150 acres (607,000 m2) of cow pasture. The land was leased from prominent local landowner Ogden L. Mills, (who in turn had leased it from his grandfather Darius O. Mills) and was named Mills Field Municipal Airport. It remained Mills Field until 1931, when it was renamed San Francisco Municipal Airport. "Municipal" was replaced by "International" in 1955.


In 1989, an airport master plan and associated Environmental Impact Report was prepared to guide expansion and development over the next two decades. During the economic boom of the 1990s and the dot-com boom, SFO became the sixth busiest international airport in the world. However, since 2001, when the dot-com boom ended, SFO has fallen back out of the top twenty. A long-planned extension of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system to the airport opened on June 22, 2003, allowing passengers to board trains directly at the airport's international terminal bound for San Francisco or points in the East Bay. In 2003, the AirTrain shuttle system opened, conveying passengers between terminals, parking lots, the SFO BART station, and the rental car center on small automatic trains. It is not uncommon for SFO to experience significant delays in adverse weather, when only one of the airport's four runways can be used at a time, due to a lateral separation of only 750 feet between runways.

Airlines: Air China, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Emirates, EVA Air, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, United Airlines, United Airlines, United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines, Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Frontier Airlines operated by Republic Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, Continental Airlines, Horizon Air, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, US Airways, US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines, Aeroméxico, Air Berlin, Air France, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, JetBlue Airways, KLM, Korean Air, LAN Perú, Mexicana, Philippine Airlines, Qantas Airways, TACA, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic Airways, WestJet

Website: www.flysfo.com

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Transportation, Airport, SFO, Bart