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Bay Area’s airports—a little comparative analysis

Friday, January 11, 2013

San Jose airport can’t seem to catch a break. Today marks the inauguration of non-stop flights between San Jose and Tokyo via All Nippon Airways, using the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner—just when glitches involving the Dreamliner have raised new questions about the aircraft. The Wall Street Journal led its front page with a story Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Mercury News uses Mineta San Jose’s Japan milestone to examine the challenges facing the Bay Area’s three major airports. For a little perspective in terms of traffic flows there’s this excerpt:

Annual passenger traffic at the San Jose airport has dropped 22 percent since 2007 -- from 10.6 million to about 8.4 million last year, with final numbers for 2012 expected to remain about the same. Oakland International Airport experienced an even greater falloff during the same period: a 32 percent plunge, from 14.6 million passengers to about 10 million. SFO, on the other hand, has seen the number of passengers moving through its terminals soar 20 percent from 2007 to about 43 million in 2012.

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