San Jose Airport - SJC is a city-owned public-use airport serving the city of San
Jose in Santa Clara County, California, United States.
It is named for San Jose native Norman Yoshio Mineta, who was Transportation
Secretary in the Cabinet of George W. Bush, and Commerce Secretary in the Cabinet of Bill Clinton, although the
airport is also named to recognize Mineta's service as a Councilman for, and Mayor of, San Jose.
It is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection international Port of entry.
It is located two nautical miles (4 km) northwest of Downtown San Jose, near
the intersections of three major freeways, U.S. Route 101, Interstate 880, and State Route 87.
The airport's dominant carrier is Southwest Airlines. Alaska Airlines, along with
its regional subsidiary, Horizon Air, is the second largest carrier at the airport.
The airport offers free Wi-Fi in all its terminal buildings.
The San Jose City Council has considered changing the name of the airport to San
Jose/Silicon Valley Mineta International Airport.
The city believes that the new name would help the airlines' marketing
Despite San Jose's position as the most populous city in the Bay Area, SJC is the
smallest of the three Bay Area airports offering scheduled service (8.4 million annual passengers in 2011), with
less than a quarter of the passengers of the region's major international airport San Francisco International
Airport (SFO), and fewer passengers than Oakland International Airport (OAK). Like the Oakland airport, it attracts
Bay Area residents who find SFO to be inconveniently distant from their homes.
SJC is situated as a "downtown airport", unlike both SFO and OAK, which are located on opposite shores of San
SJC's relatively convenient location for residents and visitors near downtown San Jose has also led to some
drawbacks. It became surrounded by the city and had little room for expansion.
The proximity to downtown has also led to restrictions on heights of buildings in downtown San Jose by safety
margins set in FAA regulations.