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Travelers passing through the airport terminal at San Francisco will have access to various facilities and services that will help make their trip even more enjoyable. Any number of restaurants and bars provide a great variety of choices such as fast food items, Japanese cuisine, snack bar items, and drinks. Gift shops allow guests the opportunity to pick up a treat for the child waiting at home or something special to give to the office assistant at the corporate business meeting this afternoon. Wine country provides superb gourmet wines for visitors to the region's airport. Newspapers, magazines, and books line the shelves in many of the terminal shops.

Special care is taken to help ensure that travelers needing assistance can easily and readily receive it. All of the airport parking garages have specific spots for motor vehicles that display a valid placard or license plate designating disability. Additionally, the long-term parking lot is equally equipped with special parking for guests with disabilities. If a wheelchair is needed for a traveler, one will be provided. It is recommended, however, that persons requiring the service should make prior arrangements through their airline. A medical clinic is located in Terminal 2 at the arrivals and baggage claim level. It offers medical services in primary care, travel, and occupational areas.

San Francisco International Airport is acutely aware of the vast number of business travelers who pass through this facility daily. For this reason, the terminals are equipped with world-class amenities to help make the stopover a pleasant one. WiFi is freely available to all visitors at all of the airport terminals. Also available is the PowerPort Battery Charging and Internet Access Station. As the name suggests, guests can recharge batteries for electronic devices, check email and surf the World Wide Web. For individuals needing fax or copying services, the TripTel Business Center, as well as the Airport Travel Agency, offer these options. A traveler can even rent a cell phone at TripTel, found in the International Terminal.

All of the terminals within San Francisco International are connected, allowing travelers to walk between terminals. If a guest prefers, though, he may ride the AirTrain from one terminal to another. ATMs can be found in each of the three terminals and even mailing services are available here. Fully fenced animal relief areas are located outdoors at each terminal and are equipped with water bowls for pets.

San Francisco Airport

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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