Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) is a busy mid-sized airport in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. With more than 8.4 million passengers passing through the airport each year, SJC is the 42nd busiest airport in the nation. The airport sits on 1,050 acres just two miles from San Jose’s bustling downtown district, convenient to dozens of local technology companies, local universities and a variety of manufacturing/industrial areas. Its convenient location is part of the reason more than 98.7 million pounds of cargo passes through the airport each year.
More than 5,000 airport and airline employees help the airport maintain its stellar on-time record for its 200-plus departures each day. In 2012, SJC achieved the best flight on-time performance out of all of California’s mid-sized airports, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The airport has an annual operating budget of about $74 million and is owned by the City of San Jose.
SJC just completed the first phase of a $1.3 billion modernization project in 2010 that included constructing a new Terminal B, a seven-level parking garage and a state-of-the-art Rental Car Center. The existing Terminal A also was renovated as part of the project. The Rental Car Center and Parking Garage features a facade covered with an impressive public art display of upraised hands 1,240 feet wide. The entire improvement project garnered dozens of national awards for design and construction and achieved a Leader in Energy and Environmental Design silver rating for its Terminal B project. Post-improvement, the airport offers 28 gates between its two terminals.
Considering its proximity to an abundance of high tech companies, it’s no surprise that SJC offers free WiFi service throughout its public areas. In addition to the usual free wireless offering, however, the airport also offers customer support for its WiFi service 24 hours a day and a free security application to encrypt the wireless connection. Seats in the terminals also offer power outlets to simplify electronic use while waiting for flights.
To make traveling through SJC even more convenient and pleasurable, SJC offers a variety of services, such as a meditation room in Terminal B, nursing rooms near Gates 10 and 13, massage chairs throughout the facility and a public piano in the “Meet and Greet” area of Terminal A. Outside the terminals, the region’s USO provides a hospitality center at ground level between Terminal A and Terminal B.
Automated External Defibrillators are available throughout the airport and white courtesy phones are scattered around the terminals.
Parking at San Jose Airport
Between the new seven-level parking structure, three hourly lots, two daily lots, an economy lot and a cell phone waiting area, parking spaces are bountiful at SJC. More than 350 parking spaces also surround the Rental Car Center at ground level.
Owners of electric vehicles also have a few options at SJC. Both inductive and conductive charging stations are located on the ground level of Hourly Lot 2. For more recent models of electric vehicles, conductive hook-ups also are available in Hourly Lot 5.
Handicapped parking is set aside in the parking garage, also known as Hourly Lots 2 and 3, for about half the regular daily parking rate. However, travelers driving vehicles with handicapped placards and license plates must exit the garages via staffed lanes to receive discounted parking.
Even bicycling to and from the airport is made easy with bicycle rack storage at both terminals. At Terminal A, racks are just outside the baggage claim area’s south doors. Racks closest to Terminal B are housed on the Rental Car Center’s first floor north of the Hourly Lot 3 entrance.
Airlines Serving San Jose Airport
Being one of the three main airports serving the San Francisco Bay Area of California, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport is served by major domestic airlines and several international carriers.
When talking about the busiest airline at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, Southwest Airlines comes into the conversation. America’s largest low cost carrier links San Jose with several other destinations within California. Southwest Airlines offers quick flights to Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Ontario International Airport in San Bernardino, John Wayne Airport in Orange County and San Diego International Airport. Of course, no Southwest Airlines service within California would be complete without direct flights to Los Angeles International Airport. The regional Southwest Airlines service also includes non-stop flights to Austin, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland, and Seattle. The Terminal B building at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport hosts Southwest Airlines.
Alaska Airlines is another busy airline that offers regional service at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. The Seattle based company provides flights to Boise Airport, Seattle/Tacoma International Airport and Portland International Airport, which are some of the busiest airports in the pacific northwest region of the United States. Additionally, Alaska Airlines operates direct flights to multiple resort areas in Hawaii, which is considered a domestic destination. This regional airline also offers trips to Guadalajara and San Jose del Cabo. The Alaskan Airlines flights to Mexico are some of the few limited international trips available at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.
Anyone who’d like to fly between San Jose and the northeast has to rely on JetBlue Airways. Based at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, the low cost airline takes passengers to the company’s headquarters. The Logan International Airport in Boston is the other major destination offered through this popular domestic low cost carrier. These JetBlue Airways flights to the East Coast depart from Terminal A.
Delta Air Lines is the only other company to offer non stop flights from San Jose International Airport to the East Coast. The airline offers daily trips to its home base in Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Salt Lake City and Minneapolis/St. Paul are the other two airports that can be reached via Delta service that’s offered at Terminal A.
United Airlines and US Airways are the other major American companies offering limited service at San Jose. Japan’s All Nippon Airways and Mexico’s Volaris are the international airlines serving the Norman Y. Mineta International Airport.