San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport (IATA: SFO, ICAO: KSFO, FAA LID: SFO) is an international airport in San Mateo County, 13 miles (21 km) south of Downtown San Francisco, California.[4] It has flights to points throughout North America and is a major gateway to Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Australasia.

San Francisco International Airport
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorCity and County of San Francisco
ServesSan Francisco Bay Area
LocationUnincorporated San Mateo County, California, United States
OpenedMarch 15, 1927
(95 years ago)
Hub for
Elevation AMSL13 ft / 4 m
Coordinates37°37′08″N 122°22′30″W
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10L/28R 11,870 3,618 Asphalt
10R/28L 11,381 3,469 Asphalt
01R/19L 8,650 2,637 Asphalt
01L/19R 7,650 2,332 Asphalt
Statistics (2021)
Total Passengers24,343,627
Aircraft operations265,597
Total cargo (tonnes)528,792
Source: San Francisco International Airport[1] and FAA[2][3]

SFO is the largest airport in the San Francisco Bay Area and the second busiest in California, after Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). In 2017 it was the seventh-busiest airport in the United States and the 24th-busiest in the world by passenger count.[5] It is the fifth-largest hub for United Airlines, which operates out of Terminal 3 and the International Terminal. SFO functions as United's primary Trans-Pacific gateway. It is a major maintenance hub for United Airlines and houses the SFO Museum that was created in 1980 and was the first museum in an international airport. It also serves as a hub for Alaska Airlines, which operates in Terminal 2.

The airport is owned and operated by the City and County of San Francisco, although it is outside of San Francisco in unincorporated San Mateo County. Between 1999 and 2004 the San Francisco Airport Commission operated city-owned SFO Enterprises, Inc., to oversee its business purchases and operations of ventures.[6][7][8][9]

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