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Airport Narrative (Overview & History)
Sacramento International Airport opened with one north-south runway in 1967. The 6,000 acre new airport was established to relieve noise and other impacts at the former commercial airport in the area, Sacramento Executive. A second runway, the east parallel, was added in 1987. In 2004, a 6-story parking structure was opened. From 2008 until 2011, a $1 Billion project replaced Terminal B, adding five new gates.
Today’s airport has 32 gates and is dominated by Southwest Airlines, with more than half the passenger count. FAA ATADS data show that, in 2012, the average day saw 136 commercial passenger departures.
Annual traffic count peaked in 2007 at 180,000 operations, but has since declined by 40%, to 108,080 operations in 2014. The control tower, staffed by FAA controllers, is open 24/7. Thus, the tower averaged 318 operations per day, or six takeoffs per hour of ATC operation. FAA records show that there are ten non-military jets based at KSMF, but no other based aircraft.