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San Francisco International Airport has the largest North American international terminal. It is a major destination for Asians and Europeans as well. Among U.S. airports, it is considered the eighth busiest. Among world airports, it is considered 22nd busiest. More than 40.9 million passengers passed through its gates in a single year.
The airport is located in San Mateo County, some 13 miles south of the city center. Still, it is administered by San Francisco Country and City governments. Drivers can access the airport from I-280 via I-380 to US 101. The airport's four terminals are arranged in a ring. Terminals 1, 2, and 3 are for domestic flights. Terminal 4 handles all international flights and includes customs. The airport has four runways. AirTrain is the free people mover that links the terminals. It also goes to the car rental center and the BART station. BART is a commuter train that takes passengers into San Francisco.
The airport started out small in 1927. By the late 1930s, there were 18 daily flights including 17 by United, which still makes its home base at SFO. Some flights were seaplanes that took off from the nearby harbor. In 1954, a central terminal was built. Soon there were 160 flights a week. Starting in the 1960s, it began to grow until it reached its present size.
Virgin America has made the airport its base of operations. The largest tenant is United. Other carriers include Delta, Virgin America, JetBlue, Frontier, Southwest, Alaska, and American. The number one destination is Los Angeles with over 1.5 million. Over a million passengers fly directly to New York and another million to Chicago every year. Other major destinations are San Diego, Atlanta, Seattle, Denver, Dallas, and Washington, D.C. Air Canada serves Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. AeroMexico connects directly to Mexico City.
The top Asian flights are Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, and Taipei. The London, England, Flight and the Frankfurt, Germany, flights are the top European destinations. North American carriers with frequent international flights include United, Delta, and Virgin Atlantic. Asian carriers include All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Asiana, China Airlines, EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, and Korean Air. European carriers include British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Swiss Air, and Air France.
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