Silicon Valley

Before it became Silicon Valley, Santa Clara Valley once was famous as “The Valley of Heart’s Delight” known for its flowery blanket of orchards and the largest fruit production and packing region in the world until the 1960s. However, its transformation into the global center of technology innovation started long ago in 1938 when electronics pioneers Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard began harvesting the fruits of their labor.

Hewlett Packard was born in the legendary Palo Alto garage, becoming the model for subsequent generations of inventors and game changers as Santa Clara Valley started to grow and prosper after World War II. The breathtaking orchards of Santa Clara Valley were slowly replaced by subdivisions, shopping centers, and industrial parks through the 1950s and 60s. Silicon Valley emerged as waves of technology, from semiconductors to the “cloud,” and it’s now home to some of the world’s greatest technology enterprises including Google, Intel, Cisco, Apple, HP, Adobe, Applied Materials, eBay, and many more.

Mineta San José International Airport is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, just minutes away from these global technology giants. Conveniently serving a wealthy and diverse region approaching four million people and thousands of Silicon Valley companies, SJC is Silicon Valley’s airport.


SJC Timeline

Terminal B and ConRAC

2010 – Grand opening of new Terminal B, consolidated rental car center, and renovation of Terminal A. Program completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

2010 – Terminal C is demolished to make way for more parking for Terminal B.

2000 – Passenger traffic hits an all-time high of 14.2 million passengers per year during the Silicon Valley dot.com boom.

2001 – City Council approves naming the airport to “Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport” in honor of the former Mayor and long-term Congressman.

Terminal A Construction

1990 – Terminal A opens to accommodate six million passengers a year.

1990 – American Airlines starts service between SJC and Tokyo.

1997 – City Council approves new airport Master Plan to guide long-term expansion.

Groundbreaking ceremony

1984 –The City of San José implemented the Airport Noise Control Program to establish a nighttime curfew for certain aircraft operations.

1987 - Construction begins on Terminal A to add more capacity for airlines and passengers