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SFO Keeps San Francisco Area Flying High

San Francisco International Airport is coming off a record-setting year for passenger traffic, which is good news for more than just SFO.

The airport — the ninth-busiest in the United States — is one of the largest employers on the Peninsula with about 1,800 people on payroll. On top of that, there are about 29,000 people employed by airlines, concessionaires and other businesses operating at SFO.

After some lean years, the airport’s budget outlook is good, thanks to the upswing in passenger use. The airport makes much of its money from landing fees and gate rentals it charges airlines. Those revenues likely will continue growing given that SFO is such a favored destination.

Last year, traffic at San Francisco’s airport hit a new record with 44.5 million travellers passing through the facility. The estimate for this year’s traffic is about the same.

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