San Francisco International Airport SFO serves Northern California's greater San Francisco Bay Area and is the largest of its three Airports (the other two being San Jose Mineta and Oakland airports). It is gateway to the Pacific regions. According to Fodor, San Francisco International is 'One of the Best [airports] in the World'. Travel & Leisure bestowed the Airport with their Social Media in Travel & Tourism Awards. Also the 'Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards' voted SFO as 'Best Airport in the Americas' in 2015', and SkyTrax in March 2015 voted it "Number 1 for 'Best Airport Staff in North America", while in the same month Airport Revenue News awarded it 'Best Overall Concession Program'; 'Best Concession Management Team' and 'Amenities Program among large Airports'.
Furthermore, in March 2016 SFO Airport received from ACI 'Level 3 of Airport Carbon Accreditation' - the first among California airports and second only to North American airpots. While the SFO has already reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 38 percent, its goal is to reach another 25 percent carbon reduction by 2017. In March 2017, SF received the 'Acterra Award for Sustainability.
San Francisco Airport is located next to the cities of Millbrae & San Bruno, in San Mateo County, 13 miles south of San Francisco, and situated near the junction of Highway 101 and Interstate 380, with easy connection on Hwy 280 between San Jose & San Francisco.
With four long runways and 53.1 million passengers in 2016, San Francisco International Airport is hub to United and Virgin America airlines, and is served by a multitude of domestic and international carriers offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe. International traffic at SFO showed the highest increase of all U.S. Airports.
- Airberlin starts May 1, 2017 nonstop four weekly flights to Berlin, Germany on its Airbus 330-200 aircraft.
For current traffic information, call 511 from within the San Francisco Bay Area, or 510.817.1717 from outside.
For Airport Paging call 1-800-435-9736
For US Customs call 650-837-2876
For TSA Security call 866-289-9673 or visit tsa.gov.
For Baggage storage, wrapping & shipping - contact the Airport Travel Agency at 650-877-0422.
Due to ongoing construction on new Terminal 1 (T1)*, the following roadway & curbside areas and connecting walkway are closed until Fall 2018:
- T1's Arrival level: The lane closest to T1 closed from Doors 01 - 10; Arrivals-level curbside access for Southwest, Delta and Frontier now starts at Door 11.
- T1's Departure level: The Lane closest to T1 is closed from Doors 01 - 05. Departure-level curbside access for Southwest, Delta and Frontier starts at Door 06. (Southwest Airline moved its ticket counter closer to Frontier and Delta Airlines).
- Connecting walkway between the International Boarding Area A and T1 is closed - take the AirTrain instead.
- Avoid traffic around terminals by using the Kiss & Fly, located at the Rental Car Center, for both drop-offs and pick-ups. From the Kiss & Fly, all terminals can be reached within six-minutes via the AirTrain.
- Passenger pickup: Use the free Cell phone Lot (adjacent to the long-term parking facility, only 5 minutes from the terminals.
- All passenger drop-off / pick-up of Alaska, Hawaiian, Jet Blue & Sun Country airlines must be done at the International Terminal.
- Drivers heading for T2 or T3: stay at left-hand lanes, bypassing traffic at T1; only switch to right-hand lanes when reaching entry lanes for T2 or T3.
- Connecting between terminals - you have only one choice to get from International Terminal to T1 or T2 - using the Air Train. If connecting from International Terminal to T3, you can either walk or take the AiTrain.
- A new GPS landing system is now in place and will enhance on-time flights performance.
- CLEARlanes available to subscribing members, get them through security check quickly.
- Airport Butler service at SFO - a first in the U.S. - now provides to any paying passenger pre-arranged VIP services (meeting curbside, expediting check-in with advance baggage tags & boarding passes; and assist at security checkpoint & beyond.
- The 'new Exploratorium @ SFO' store - is a museum of science, art & human perception.
On-Airport Hotel: Hyatt Hotels Corp builds (but SFO will own) a 350-room Grand Hyatt Hotel near the Airport entrance - with direct access to terminals via AirTrain. It will house a huge flexible meeting space, a 24/7 business center, healthclub & spa, indoor pool, whirlpool & sauna; and will have full-service and casual restaurants, sushi bar & rooftop cocktail lounge - to becompleted by 2019.
San Francisco Airport has four passenger terminals - Domestic Terminals 1, 2 & 3 & International Terminal.
* Present and future Airport developments:
- The Terminal 1' $2.4B Redevelopment Project, started in June 2016 with groundbeaking - with a first order of business to create a temporary Boarding Area B (BAB) with 9 fully-operational gates. (The old South Terminal's current facilties will be demolished and reconstruction of new central & boarding areas will be created). New Boarding Area B is to have 24 gates (6 for international arrivals with direct access to US Customs/ Federal inspection area). The project also includes development of a new centralized security checkpoint, new baggage handling system, dining & retail concessions & connecting walkways. Walkways will offer easy access from security check to international boarding areas A & C. A new mezzanine level will offer connections to the AirTrain and the central parking garage. Work will be done in phases up to 2024.
- The old Air Traffic Control tower started to be demolished mid-March 2016.
- Runway 28L is currently being repaved involving nine weekend closures, to be completed June 2017.