Essential Travel Info & FAQ

San Jose International Airport

Serves San Jose, California, United States

About the Area

The San Jose International Airport (SJC) is nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, California. It’s only 3.9 miles away from the downtown area.

Silicon Valley is the home of several technology giants such as HP, Google, Apple, Intel, and more. The area used to be known for its orchards and fruit production, but it began to transform into a global technology center starting in 1938 when innovators Bill Hewlett and David Packard founded HP in Palo Alto. Today, Silicon Valley is the leading hub of high technology research and development.

SJC – Frequently Asked Questions Answered

In the San Francisco Bay Area, SJC ranks 2nd among the busiest airports. In 2018, it served 14.3 million passengers, beating its own record from 2001 which was 14.2 million passengers. The year-over-year seat capacity growth rate of SJC since 2012 has made it one of the fastest-growing major airports in America.

The airport’s history stretches back to 1939 when Ernie Renzel led a group that negotiated the purchase of 483 acres of land from the Crocker Family. The land used to be a part of their Stockton Ranch, and it eventually became the site for the airport in San Jose.

Now, SJC is a city-owned airport. It is officially called the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and was named after Norman Mineta, a San Jose native. Mineta served as the Transportation Secretary of the George W. Bush Cabinet and the Commerce Secretary of the Bill Clinton Cabinet. The airport’s name is also a nod to the service of Mineta as a councilman and a San Jose Mayor.

SJC has two terminals: Terminal A that was opened in 1990, and Terminal B that was opened in 2010. In 2009, to prepare for the opening of Terminal B, the airport gates were renumbered. Gate A16B located at the north end was changed to Gate 1 and Gate A1A located at the south end was changed to Gate 16.

From the San Jose International Airport to the Convention Center, the distance is 3.9 miles.

The San Jose International Airport has an average of 170 departures.

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and the Oakland International Airport (OAK) are both 45 minutes away from San Jose.

There are 16 domestic and international carriers serving the San Jose International Airport.

Are there car rental facilities?

The rental car center is located directly across from Terminal B. Passengers from Terminal B can walk directly into it through the Airport Drive while passengers from Terminal A may take the blue airport shuttle.

Keep in mind that the hours vary for each rental car agency. It would be best to check your agency’s listed hours. There is an additional service that agencies offer after hours for any delayed arrivals. If you arrive after hours and there is no service, contact your rental car agency.

Popular Destinations

For domestic routes from the San Jose International Airport, the following are the top 10 destinations:

  1. Los Angeles, California
  2. San Diego, California
  3. Seattle/Tacoma, Washington
  4. Orange County, California
  5. Las Vegas, Nevada
  6. Phoenix – Sky Harbor, Arizona
  7. Portland, Oregon
  8. Denver, Colorado
  9. Burbank, California
  10. Salt Lake City, Utah

The top 10 destinations for the international routes from the San Jose International Airport are as follows:

  1. Guadalupe, Mexico
  2. Vancouver, Canada
  3. San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
  4. London – Heathrow, United Kingdom
  5. Tokyo – Narita, Japan
  6. Beijing – Capital, China
  7. Frankfurt, Germany
  8. Shanghai – Pudong, China
  9. Morelia, Mexico
  10. Mexico City, Mexico

By 2020, the San Jose International Airport served 15,650,444 passengers.