What is going on?
Construction workers at Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC/KSJC) have been hard at work in building the new gates at the airport. They have initially announced their plans months back and you can see from the thread below. What was thought to be 4 gates turned out to be 6 gates!!!
Officials are preparing for a grand opening of these gates, 31-36, sometime next month.
@Kilt_McHaggis and the IFAET, you guys better get to work on adding those gates to SJC in IF XD :D
Who are these gates going to?
Many sources say that Southwest will receive these 6 gates as they are the largest carrier at SJC with over 100 daily flights to 30 nonstop destinations (32 starting on June 9). The larger amount of gates will allow them to expand further and create fewer delays. As Southwest operations shift to the south, some gates of Southwest today will be handed over to Alaska, the second largest carrier at SJC with 20 nonstop destinations. There is also a chance that Delta could be receiving more gates as they are the third largest carrier at San Jose with 8 nonstop destinations.
What do I think of this?
I think that this expansion will allow SJC to better handle the soaring number of passenger traffic at SJC. We recently reached a new record of 14.2 million passengers back in 2018, the highest the airport has ever had. That number is expected to increase this year and even more next year. The new gates will allow for SJC to keep its low delay and cancellation rates while also allowing for airlines to expand more at the airport. I can’t wait to see how SJC will flourish in the next few months! :D