San Francisco, CA – OEP:KSFO

IMPACT: NextGen-Noise
8-15-2015 KSFO
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
(5,207 acres) San Francisco, CA

Four Nearby Instrument Airports:
[KHAF] 9 SW ; [KSQL] 9 SE ; [KOAK] 10 NE ;
[KHWD] 12 E ;
(ave. distance: 10 nm)
Total Based Aircraft:15
(1 single-prop)
(9 jets, 1 helicopter, 4 military aircraft)
Operations & ATC:
(est. 1,183 ops/day (96% commercial)
24hr FAA towerFAA staffing as of 9/20/14:32
FAA’s ATADS data shows Peak Year was 1997. Total airport operations in 2014 were DOWN 4% from the peak year.
Click on this button for links to background info: [KSFO]-REFERENCE
Additional buttons:NextGen-Noisesearch (aiR)OEP-35
AIRNAV Form 5010 WIKI NOAA (weather)
FlightAware.comFlightStats.comFlightRadar24.com

SFO ATADS data, 1991-2014:

Year Commercial Ops % Commercial TOTAL OPS Change from Peak Year
1991 391,063 91% 429,213 -5%
1992 389,504 92% 423,437 -6%
1993 391,316 92% 425,869 -5%
1994 394,746 91% 433,072 -4%
1995 396,132 91% 435,948 -3%
1996 398,845 90% 441,834 -2%
1997 407,384 91% 449,821 PEAK YEAR
1998 403,955 93% 432,046 -4%
1999 409,491 93% 440,032 -2%
2000 401,249 93% 430,554 -4%
2001 367,471 95% 387,599 -14%
2002 331,880 94% 351,453 -22%
2003 315,185 94% 334,515 -26%
2004 332,818 94% 354,073 -21%
2005 331,515 94% 353,774 -21%
2006 338,147 94% 359,415 -20%
2007 357,717 94% 379,568 -16%
2008 369,820 95% 388,104 -14%
2009 364,242 96% 380,311 -15%
2010 371,890 96% 388,758 -14%
2011 386,941 96% 403,675 -10%
2012 406,650 96% 423,322 -6%
2013 405,331 96% 420,915 -6%
2014 416,342 96% 431,966 -4%

Aeronautical chart from VFRmap.com. (Click to open in a new window).

Scrollable aerial view at bing.com. (Click to open in a new window).


Airport Narrative (Overview & History)

The seventh busiest commercial airport in the U.S., KSFO is also a major West Coast hub for flights to/from Asia. This has enabled KSFO to maintain traffic levels (and even grow slightly, since 2008), while most other U.S. airports have declined. Passenger operations are dominated by United Airlines.

The airport was started in 1927 and within ten years had become a major facility for the early airlines, providing both domestic airplane and trans-Pacific seaplane service. The runways were constructed by filling vast areas of the Bay, which has added to the high environmental sensitivity of this airport. A massive terminal expansion was completed in 2003, including connection to the BART rail system. There is an ongoing effort to add more flight capacity at KSFO, by filling more of the Bay, so as to lengthen the north-south runways. In the meantime, excess capacity goes unused at the three other major airports serving the Bay Area (Oakland, San Jose and Sacramento), where operations have declined substantially. Here are some figures, from FAA ATADS annual operations (ops) data:

  • San Francisco (KSFO): peaked at 450K ops in 1997, declined to 351K ops in 2002, and has recovered to 423K ops in 2012;
  • Oakland (KOAK): peaked at 524K ops in 1999, declined 60% to 210K ops in 2012;
  • San Jose (KSJC): peaked at 335K ops in 1992, declined 60% to 135K ops in 2012;
  • Sacramento (KSMF): peaked at 180K ops in 2007, declined 36% to 116K ops in 2012.