San Francisco SFO Airport Overview

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 Airport has already reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 38 percent, its goal is to reach another 25 percent carbon reduction by 2017.

SFO 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 to Hwy 280 between San Jose & San Francisco.

With four long runways and an estimated 48 million annual passengers, 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.

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
For Baggage storage, wrapping & shipping - contact the Airport Travel Agency at 650-877-0422.

- 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 'Exploratorium @ SFO' store -a museum of science, art & human perception - opened in Spring 2016.

San Francisco Airport has four passenger terminals - Domestic Terminals 1, 2 & 3 & International Terminal. 
Present and future Airport developments: 

 - The new air traffic control tower between Terminals 1 & 2  has been completed and is fully functioning as of summer 2016. Its construction will withstand a major earthquake.
 - On June 29, 2016 groundbreaking started on the $2.4B Terminal 1 renovation (including T1's north, south & central areas, new Boarding Area B with better acces to its 24 gates, new passenger loading bridges, new concessions, renovated Boarding Area C, new central area with improved spaces for passenger check-in, a consolidated security checkpoint, a new common use baggage handling system and baggage reclaim area; and a new mezzanine with connections to the AirTrain and the central parking garage. (no completion date is yet available.)
 - Starting fall 2016, Hyatt Hotels Corp will build (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. Completion is set for 2019.

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SFO Delays: 15 mins or less.

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