In a rare PR victory, Mineta San Jose International Airport, long overshadowed by its bigger northern competitor San Francisco International Airport, is ranked California’s best when it comes to on-time performance in a new survey. SFO, on the other hand, landed dead last in the get-me-outta-here-on-time category for medium and large airports in the state.
While SFO handles far more air traffic than any other airport in the Bay Area — domestic and international — its location is more prone to weather delays than San Jose’s airport, which basks in far more sunny days.
The new ranking is based on data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. For medium to large size airports across the United States, San Jose tied with Minneapolis-St. Paul for fourth overall. Kahului Airport on Maui ranked first, followed by Salt Lake City International and Portland International. Oakland International Airport ranked 17th in the nation, Sacramento International Airport ranked 20th, and SFO ranked 64th out of the 65 major airports in the U.S.
The rankings, though, won’t do anything to lessen SFO’s role as the Bay Area’s main gateway. Still, San Jose officials couldn’t help enjoying their 15 minutes of gloating.
“With a great airfield providing ample runway and taxiway capacity, new modern, state-of-the-art terminal complex, and over 300 days a year of sunshine, one would only expect our on-time performance to be exemplary,” Bill Sherry, San Jose’s director of aviation, said in a press release. “All of these things allow our airlines to run more efficiently and provide more reliable service to our passengers. With this incredible advantage to airlines and their passengers, we hope to attract more air service to Silicon Valley’s Airport.”