San Jose airport passenger traffic zooms up

SAN JOSE — Passenger travel through San Jose International Airport soared in May compared with April, according to an unofficial indicator that suggests the Silicon Valley aviation hub has begun to recover from a coronavirus-spawned slump.

An estimated 40,300 people passed through TSA checkpoints during May, compared with 18,500 during April, the airport reported. The May trips through the TSA checkpoints were more than double, or a 118 percent increase, from the prior month’s trips.

The TSA checkpoints measure entries into the secure gate areas by passengers, airplane crews, and others, and aren’t the official monthly measurements of passenger activity. However, they do provide an early indication of travel trends at San Jose airport.

Checkpoint activity in May was down 93.8 percent compared with the prior year, according to San Jose airport officials. However, that wasn’t as steep of a year-to-year decline as April, when trips through TSA checkpoints plunged 97 percent compared with April 2019.

Further improvements have become apparent so far in June at the San Jose air travel center. During the first two weeks of June 2020 compared with the first two weeks of June 2019, TSA checkpoint pass-throughs were down 89.2 percent, the airport reported.

“We are seeing a positive uptick of travelers,” said Demetria Machado, a spokesperson for San Jose International Airport.



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