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San Francisco International Airport

Discover San Francisco International Airport, its facilities and services it has on offer, the top places to fly to from the airport and with which airlines you can do this with.

About San Francisco International Airport

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San Francisco International Airport (IATA: SFO) formerly known as Lindbergh Field, is an international airport that serves around 58 million passengers each year. The airport opened in March 1927 and serves cities throughout North America and is a major gateway to Asia and Europe. The airport covers an area of 5,207 acres and owns four runways arranged in two intersecting sets of parallel runways.

San Francisco International Airport is the largest airport in Northern California and the second busiest in California, it was the 27th busiest airport in the United States and the 24th busiest in the world in 2017 by passenger count. The airport is the primary hub for Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

San Francisco International Airport Location

The airport is located 13 miles (21 km) south of downtown San Francisco, California:


San Francisco International Airport provides services and facilities to offer comfort and ease for its travelers. In total, the airport has 115 gates with shops, food, and beverage throughout the terminals in the airport.

Facilities Include:

A wide range of shopping and dining shops are available from top high street restaurants, cafes and luxury and designer shops.

Free WiFi Accessibility


Nursing Rooms

Children's Play Area

Mobile Charging

Shower Rooms

Spa and Massage

Reflection Rooms

Reading Room


Currency Exchange

Lounges Include:

Air France – KLM Lounge (International Terminal): includes beverages, air conditioning, disabled access, WiFi, TV, newspapers, and magazines.

American Airlines Admirals Club (Terminal 2) Available facilities include snacks, beverages, WiFi, TV, Workstations, hotspot printing.

Centurion Lounge (Terminal 3): offers food and beverages, shower, workspaces, family room, printing, newspapers, and magazines.

Delta Sky Club (Terminal 1): offers snacks, beverages, WiFi, TV, Telephones printing, newspapers, and magazines.

United Club (Multiple Locations): offers air conditioning, beverages, TV, WiFi, disabled access, newspapers, and magazines.

USO Lounge / Military Lounge (Terminal 1): passengers can enjoy snacks, hot and cold beverages, WiFi, TV, computers, game room, showers, telephone, air conditioning, Nursery, children's toys available, books and magazines all for active military members in the US military and their families.

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse: passengers can enjoy air conditioning, beverages, showers, TV, WiFi, disabled access, newspapers, and magazines.

Book Lounge Passes for San Francisco International Airport

Did you know that you can buy lounge passes for San Francisco International Airport with Alternative Airlines? You can purchase them for Air France - KLM Lounge.


San francisco runway

San Francisco International airport currently has four runways.

Direction Length (ft) Length (m) Surface
10L/28R 11,870 3,618 Asphalt
10R/28L 11,381 3,469 Asphalt
1R/19L 8,650 2,637 Asphalt
1L/19R 7,650 2,332 Asphalt



Terminal 1

Formerly known as the "South Terminal", Harvey Milk Terminal 1. In total it has 34 gates, is boarding area B and C.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 formerly known as the "Central Terminal". It was opened in 1954 and now has 14 gates in total. The terminal is used by Virgin America, Alaska Airlines and American Airlines.

Terminal 3

Terminal 3 formerly known as the "North Terminal". The terminal was opened on April 1971 and has in total 39 gates. This terminal is used for domestic flight and used by United Airlines and United Express.


The International Terminal was first opened in December 2000 and it's the largest international terminal in North America, and the largest building in the world built on base isolators to protect against earthquakes. In total the International terminals has 28 gates. The following airlines fly from the international terminal Aer Lingus, Fiji Airways, WestJet, WOW air, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Sun Country Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines.

Airlines that fly to San Francisco International Airport

The table below has all the airlines that fly passenger services from San Francisco International Airport:

Aer Lingus Aeromexico Air Canada Air Canada Express
Air China Air France Air India Air Italy
Air New Zealand Alaska Airlines All Nippon Airways American Airlines
America Eagle Asiana Airlines Avianca El Salvador British Airways
Cathay Pacific China Airlines China Eastern Airlines China Southern Airlines
Copa Airlines Delta Air Lines Delta Connection El Al
Emirates EVA Air Fiji Airways Finnair
French Bee Frontier Airlines Hawaiian Airlines Hong Kong Airlines
Iberia Icelandair Hawaiian Airlines Interjet
Japan Airlines JetBlue KLM Korean Air
Level Lufthansa Norwegian Air Shuttle Philippine Airlines
Qantas Scandinavian Airlines Singapore Airlines Southwest Airlines
Sun Country Airlines Swiss International Airlines TAP Air Portugal Thomas Cook Airlines
Turkish Airlines United Airlines United Express Virgin Atlantic
Volaris WestJet XL Airways France

Top Destinations

The Most Popular International Destinations

Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 Hong Kong 1,107,153 Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Singapore, United
2 London–Heathrow, United Kingdom 1,027,982 British Airways, United, Virgin Atlantic
3 Taipei–Taoyuan, Taiwan 1,002,191 China Airlines, EVA Air, United
4 Vancouver, Canada 713,472 Air Canada, United, WestJet
5 Seoul–Incheon, South Korea 324,510 Asiana, Korean Air, United
6 Frankfurt–am Main, Germany 300,276 Lufthansa, United
7 Toronto–Pearson, Canada 273,766 Air Canada
8 Paris–Charles de Gaulle, France 255,030 Air France, United, XL Airways
9 Shanghai–Pudong, China 240,312 China Eastern, United
10 Beijing–Capital, China 219,371 Air China, United

The Most Popular Domestic Destinations

Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 Los Angeles, California 1,907,540 Alaska, American, Delta, Southwest, United
2 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 1,134,310 Alaska, Delta, United
3 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 1,103,330 Alaska, American, Frontier, United
4 New York–Kennedy, New York 1,017,010 Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue
5 Newark, New Jersey 986,100 Alaska, United
6 Las Vegas, Nevada 923,400 Alaska, Frontier, Southwest, United
7 San Diego, California 896,880 Alaska, Southwest, United
8 Denver, Colorado 878,110 Frontier, Southwest, United
9 Boston, Massachusetts 751,100 Alaska, Delta, JetBlue, United
10 Portland, Oregon 700,550 Alaska, Southwest, Sun Country, United

The most popular destinations from May 2018 - April 2019. Statistics from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs and The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)

How to get to San Francisco International Airport

By Road

Many companies provide taxicab services at San Francisco International Airport. If you need a taxi, you can find them outside on the Arrivals/Baggage Claim level. There are drop-off and pick-up areas at the terminals and short and long-stay car parks you can use to park your car at a cost.

By Public Transport

There are many trains including Amtrak connections, BART and CalTrain offering services between the airport and downtown San Francisco taking 30 minutes each way. In addition to this, SamTrans Public Bus Service provides 24-hour bus service using 3 bus routes between the airport, San Mateo County and parts of San Francisco.

By Rental Car

The airport's onsite car rental agencies operate within the airport’s Rental Car Center, accessible from the airport terminals via AirTrain Blue Line. Off-site car rental agencies provide a free shuttle. Rental agencies such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.

You can hire a selection of cars from car hire companies. The facility operates every hour seven days a week. All car rental pick-ups and drop-offs for rental car companies serving San Diego International Airport occur at the Rental Car Center.