Passenger traffic forecast to be up at major Bay Area airports

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — If you plan on traveling in and out of the Bay Area airports on Christmas Eve, you won’t be alone.

Officials from the Bay Area’s three big airports said they are expecting passenger traffic to increase this holiday season compared with 2014’s holiday season.

Officials at San Francisco International Airport are expecting passenger traffic to jump 9 percent this season, airport spokesman Doug Yakel said. The holiday season at San Francisco International Airport starts Dec. 16 and ends Jan. 4.

Passenger traffic at Oakland International Airport is forecast to increase by about 10.5 percent during the holiday period of Dec. 18 to Jan. 4, airport spokeswoman Keonnis Taylor said.

Passenger traffic at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport is expected to be up about 7 percent, airport spokeswoman Vicki Day said. The holiday travel period at San Jose International Airport is Dec. 18 to Jan. 4.

Yakel attributed the increase at San Francisco International Airport to airport official’s work to encourage more airlines to fly from the airport.

He also attributed the growth to work by several airlines to increase the number of flights or increase the size of their airplanes.

Like growth at San Francisco International Airport, growth over the past two years at Oakland International Airport has occurred in part because more flights are available to more places, airport officials said.

The number of seats available is up 9 percent compared with the 2014 holiday season.

Bay City news contributed to this report

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