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An expansion on the horizon for San Jose International Airport
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An expansion on the horizon for San Jose International Airport

Mineta San Jose International Airport is on the verge of a billion-dollar expansion over the next few years. The changes will allow more flights and more passengers to pass through what"™s becoming a legitimate competitor in the world of service.

Sometimes, a good idea takes a while to take flight. For San Jose"™s international airport, an expansion originally envisioned more than a decade ago could become reality in the coming decade.

"It"™s about time San Jose had a jewel in the crown," said passenger Maria Evans, as she checked in for her flight to South America.

Airport officials say double digit growth each of the past two years, and new routes from several airlines has created both demand and a need to meet that increasing demand.

"Our passenger activity grew by one-point-seven million passengers just in 2017 alone," said airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes.

She says it"™s still early, but the stately plan is to expand Terminal B, adding another concourse and increasing the gate count from 31 to 40. This would fulfill the original goal when Terminal B was built about 10 years ago.

"Our airlines are asking us for more gate space. And that"™s on the heels of just adding two brand new gates in time for the thanksgiving holiday last year," said Barnes.

There are no artist renderings of the new concourse that"™s to be built. But the idea is to build it out from the existing terminal b, and into parking lots five and six just behind the camera. Of course, that would mean closing down these lots and building new parking…

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