The passengers keep arriving and the records keep falling at San Francisco International Airport.
Last year was the busiest in SFO’s history, with 44.5 million fliers passing through the hub. That marked an 8.5 percent increase from 2011, which had a then-record of 41 million passengers. Read More
Culminating a decade of growth, passenger traffic at San Francisco International Airport reached an all-time high last fiscal year, finally eclipsing the marks set during the first dot-com boom.
Some 21.4 million passengers boarded flights at SFO during the year that ended in June, besting the previous high of 20.2 million set in 2000.
“This is a very significant moment for the airport,” SFO spokesman Michael McCarron said. Read More
Flight attendants at Virgin America, the only major airline based out of San Francisco International Airport, are seeking to unionize.The 650 employees of the airline will vote in December on whether to join the Transport Workers Union of America, which represents staffers on several other domestic carriers, including Southwest Airlines. Read More
A New York City-bound flight was diverted an hour after it took off from San Francisco International Airport early this morning because of a mechanical problem, an airport duty manager said.Virgin America Flight 28 left SFO around midnight. At 1 a.m., the Airbus A319 carrying 111 passengers was diverted to an airport in Grand Junction, Colo., San Francisco airport duty manager Nancie Parker said.A mechanical issue required inspection, she said. Read More
Nigerian stowaway Olajide Noibi flew from New York to Los Angeles via Virgin America airlines, using an expired boarding pass in someone else’s name. He somehow got past a federal security checkpoint where travelers must show their identification and boarding passes. Although Noibi aroused flight attendants’ suspicion, he successfully exited the flight and was only arrested by the FBI when he tried to pull the same trick on a later flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta. Read More
A San Francisco animal shelter and Virgin America have teamed up to send a group of puppies to new homes on the East Coast today as part of Operation Chihuahua.A dozen Chihuahuas from a city shelter run by the Department of Animal Care and Control boarded the main cabins of two Virgin America planes and were flown to New York City this morning. Read More
Virgin America Inc., the low-fare carrier partly owned by U.K. billionaire Richard Branson, is set to begin flights at Chicago O’Hare after an almost three-year effort to obtain gates at the second-busiest U.S. airport.Daily nonstop flights will start May 25 between O’Hare and both San Francisco International and Los Angeles International airports, the closely held airline said Thursday in a statement. Read More
Just in time for summer vacation, Mayor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday joined Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to celebrate the launch of Virgin America’s first international city — Toronto.
“San Francisco is proud to have Virgin America as its hometown airline,” Newsom said. “Over the last few years, they’ve created hundreds of new jobs, lowered fares and helped make SFO one of the nation’s few growing airports.” Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom is taking a quick trip to the airport Tuesday morning, but he’s not going anywhere.
The mayor will join Sir Richard Branson and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at 7:30 a.m. to celebrate Virgin America’s inaugural San Francisco-to-Toronto flight and announce a new international destination. Read More
San Francisco-based airline Virgin America, which took to the skies in 2007, is about to go international.
Tuesday marks the launch of Virgin America's first international destination with a celebrated flight from San Francisco International Airport to Toronto Pearson International Airport. Read More