San Jose Municipal (SJC) - The Silicon Valley Capital Airport
San Jose Municipal Airport is a publicly owned airport in the state of California. The airport is a tribute to Norman Mineta and his work, native to San Jose who was the transportation secretary as well as commerce secretary. The leading carriers of San Jose International Airport are Alaska Airlines at second and Southwest Airlines at first.
San Jose City is the largest among all Bay area. However, San Jose Municipal International Airport is the least area covered airport among other two of its counterparts, San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport. Around 8.4 million passengers flew through this airport in 2011, not as much compared to what the other two averages. However, it attracts residents from Bay Area as San Francisco is located far off from their addresses.
SJC is an airport in downtown district, whereas other both are located on opposite coast of San Francisco Bay. The location might be convenient but draws back some serious issues such as small expansion area and policies are against the construction of heights in downtown area.
It was around 1939, a wholesale grocer named Ernie Renzel who would go on to become San Jose’s mayor led a negotiation to acquire 483 acres land. That site would be used to construct San Jose’s airport.
In 1945, the same land was leased by James Nissen, a test pilot to construct a runway, hangar and a flight school. Afterwards, the San Jose City agreed to build a municipal airport. So, Nissen sold his allocation and went on to become the first ever airport manager of San Jose Airport. Their roles were instrumental in the development of the airport in the next decade.
The runways were slowly extended and now both of which are 3,400 m in length. Terminal A was inaugurated in 1990 that greatly extended the International Airport of San Jose.
Then in the end of 2011, the airport would get a new name after a San Jose native, Norman Yoshio Mineta who was a congressman, former mayor, former US secretary of commerce and transportation and hence, the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.
The San Jose International Airport features a wide choice of airlines that provide passengers flying service to numerous destinations all over the continents. Both cargo as well as passenger airlines continue to render airborne service. The fleets include Alaska Air, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, jetBlue, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines/United Express, US Airways and Volaris.
San Jose International Airport has been honored with great compliments.
· SJA was awarded a third place in 2013 for Marketing and Communications category.
· In June 30, 1999 the International Airport of San Jose received Financial Reporting Award presented by the Government Finance Officers Associations of US.
· In 2012, the airport was honored by the TSA Partnership Award.
Routes and Destinations
Numerous airlines carry the passengers to their respective destinations via San Jose International Airport. Those of which include:
The above mentioned airlines have routes all over the world. Famous foreign destinations are Tokyo – Narita (All Nippon Airways), Beijing (Hainan Airlines) etc. Famous domestic destinations with volume of passengers are Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington (American Eagle, Delta Conncection, Southwest Airlines), Phoenix, San Diego, Las Vegas, Orange County, Portland, Denver, Dallas and Burbank.
The cargo aircraft that employ the airport are FedEx Express and UPS Airlines. Both airlines only provide service across the US. Those domestic destinations include Memphis, Indianpolis, Chicago-Rockford, Dallas/Fort Worth, Des Moines, Louisville, Ontario and Philadelphia.
Why fly through this airport
How to check-in
Through the official airline website or at airport counter, passengers can easily check – in. However, the airport security recommends for domestic travelers to turn up one and half hours prior to departure for processing and check in. For passengers boarding for international destinations are required to arrive 2 hours before the departure. Terminals are only accessible after security checkpoints. International passengers are required to show passport and boarding pass at the time of departure.
Baggage and Allowance
Passengers are restricted to 1 carry-on bag and 1 personal item that could be a laptop, purse or briefcase. However, every passengers carrying laptop computer will be required to take the computer out from the case and submit for inspection at checkpoints unless one is a TSA-approved laptop case as they are made checkpoint friendly.
The seating arrangement is unlike in different aircrafts. You can reserve your seats at airport counter or check the official website for policy and details. It will help you to at the time of departure.
Booking fee are going to differ from different airlines and aircrafts. It is obvious that first class and business class cost you more. It is only a matter by how much. It’s better to check at the desk or online.