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75 Years Anniversary

In February 1949, more than two decades after local voters rejected a bond for an airport, San José Municipal Airport opened for commercial air service. This location (which was formerly home to onion crops) was chosen partly because of its close proximity to town and super weather conditions.

In the 75 years since, this airport has proudly contributed to San José’s transformation from a 95,000-person farm town to today’s bustling city of nearly a million people. 

But some things haven’t changed. Like being founded on a selling point centered around convenience.

Today, we’re no longer a municipal airport. We’re San José Mineta International Airport – or SJC as our friends like to call us. Our commitment to convenience remains unwavering. Travel should be easy. Stress-free. Simple. And we promise to keep it that way.

Please join us throughout 2024 for a celebration of 75 years. Stay tuned to this page for details and updates on activities, giveaways and so much more as we celebrate 75 years of simple.

Our First Passengers … Baby Chickens!  


That’s right, the first commercial flight at SJC (a Southwest Airways DC-3) landed with two pilots, seven passengers … and 2,550 baby chickens. Only the chickens got off at San José; the human passengers continued to Los Angeles. Enter the Baby Chick Sweepstakes.

Chickens Wall