SAN JOSE – The Mineta San Jose International Airport has recorded a record number of passengers in 2018, officials said Monday from municipal aviation.
The airport welcomed 14.3 million passengers last year, an increase of 14.7% compared to the total number of passengers in 2017, according to the hub of air transport.
"The team and partners at San Jose International Airport celebrated two incredible milestones in 2018, breaking a new record of 14.3 million passengers served, 1.8 million more than the previous year, and regaining second place among the airports in the Bay Area, in terms of passenger activity, "said John Aitken, director of the city's aviation.
Previously, Oakland International Airport was the second passenger airport in the Bay Area. The airports of East Bay and South Bay are well below the levels of the San Francisco International Airport.
"This is great news for the airport," said Scott Knies, executive director of the San Jose Downtown Association. "More passengers will mean more flights and activity at the airport."
The increase in the total number of passengers has marked six consecutive years of annual growth in the number of passengers in San Jose, the airport said.
In 2018, the airport added several new non-stop domestic routes and a new non-stop international route.
Albuquerque, New Mexico; Boise, Idaho; Detroit; Houston Hobby Airport; New Orleans; Orlando Florida; Saint Louis; and Spokane, Washington were the new interior routes. Leon, Mexico was the new international route added last year.
Southwest Airlines provided seven of the eight new non-stop routes, while Delta Air Lines provided non-stop flights to Detroit. The new flight to Mexico was launched by Volaris.
"Our growth in 2018 was driven not only by new domestic and international routes, but also by a substantial increase in the number of passengers using recently competing lines," said Aitken.
The rise in air traffic at San Jose Airport has come as city officials are wondering whether they will allow taller buildings to be built in the city center, while the centers of interest and investments are multiplying in the heart of the tenth city of the country.
San Jose officials are trying to ensure that they can create more dense, vibrant, and vibrant downtown neighborhoods, and that the nearby airport can continue its operations safely, attracting a growing number of travelers and of airlines.
"We can have our cake and eat it too," Knies said in an interview earlier this year. "We can have both a solid airport and downtown."