AP file photoBusy weeks ahead: Friday will likely be the busiest day of the Thanksgiving season at San Francisco International Airport

Thanksgiving weekend to launch SFO to new heights

Buoyed by a strong showing this Thanksgiving, the San Francisco International Airport is on pace to serve a record number of passengers this year.

From Friday to Nov. 27, about 1.2 million passengers are expected to fly in and out of SFO, a 4.5 percent increase from last year’s Thanksgiving total, according to Michael McCarron, the hub’s spokesman. Friday is projected to be the busiest day during the Thanksgiving season, with 140,482 passengers expected to use the airport.

Overall, SFO is on pace to carry 41.2 million passengers in 2011, a number that would surpass the airport’s previous best of 41 million, set in 2000. Despite a struggling economy, air traffic at SFO is projected to increase for the eighth straight year.

“We are pleased that carriers, both domestic and international, continue to grow in these uncertain economic times,” airport director John Martin said in a statement. “As always, we are doing everything we can to make travel through the holidays more enjoyable and convenient.”

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

 

Soaring numbers

Annual passenger counts at SFO:

Year Passengers(in millions)
2011 41.2
2010 39.4
2009 37.5
2008 37.4
2007 35.8</td>
2006 33.6
2005 33.4
2004 32.7
2003 29.3

Source: SFO

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