The passengers keep arriving and the records keep falling at San Francisco International Airport.
Last year was the busiest in SFO’s history, with 44.5 million fliers passing through the hub. That marked an 8.5 percent increase from 2011, which had a then-record of 41 million passengers.
In the past several years, SFO has regained its passenger levels of the early 2000s, which dropped off significantly following the dot-com bust and 9/11. Recent renovations to Terminal 2 — which have received widespread praise — and Virgin America’s decision to use SFO as its main hub have contributed to the airport’s growth.
SFO’s large market share of regional flights also has boosted passenger levels. Last year, flights to SFO accounted for 66 percent of all regional airline travel, dwarfing the 19 percent in Oakland and 15 percent in San Jose. The rates are even higher for international travel, with 97 percent of flights traveling through SFO.