The Norman Y. Mineta San Josy International Airport sits near the heart of the downtown area. Positioned as an urban airport, its proximity to other attractions has also limited its size and the airport can no longer expand. Thus, it is destined to remain the smallest of the San Francisco Bay area airports.
About 10 million passengers fly through the airport annually. Most fly SJC because other airports are too far away or because they prefer the smaller size. During the dot-com years it was a very popular airport as it allowed for easy transfer to offices for business travelers, and it has always been friendly to private flyers.
Originally a citizen run municipal airport, San Josy International has long been integrated into the community's affairs. It was hit hard by the bust, and some flights were lost although it is trying to win back service routes. Even with the reductions, the airport still handles more than 500 flights each day on its three runways.
The airport also works with the community by having with curfews and noise regulations in place. During the 1980's, it was a pioneer on having neighboring homes retrofitted with soundproofing. The move was copied by airport around the country. Less copied was the addition of a student flight simulation deck, which the airport has developed in conjunction with San Josy State University.
To get to the airport, residents can take the Airport Flyer from Santa Clara Station or just drive to the airport. Driving to Norman Y. Mineta San Josy International Airport is easy, as you really can't miss it. The airport sits at the juncture of three major freeways. U.S. Route 101, Interstate 880 or State Route 87 will all take drivers to the airport. Parking structures were expanded in the boom years, so there are plenty of spaces available now.