International & Direct Flights from the San Jose Airport (SJC)

Turquoise water of the pacific ocean off the coast of Kauai
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When San Jose and South Bay locals needed to travel to a far-off destination, we used to have to make the trek up to San Francisco International ​Airport, a slow drive at rush hour, an expensive taxi ride, or a long trip up the peninsula on public transit.

In recent years, the City of San Jose and local business leaders have worked to attract several new airlines and routes to serve Silicon Valley via the Mineta San José International Airport (SJC). Also, the launch of the smaller and more efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner has made airlines made introducing long-haul routes to mid-size airports like SJC more cost-effective. Today, Mineta San Jose offers approximately 150 daily flights on 13 domestic and international airlines and departing flights travel to more than 35 non-stop destinations.

Here are eight different international and tropical destinations you can fly to direct and non-stop from SJC.

01 of 08

London, England

Evening Big Ben, London, England
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Fancy a trip to England? This spring, British Airways launched daily non-stop service from San Jose to London Heathrow Airport (LHR). This was San Jose's first non-stop direct flight to Europe.

Stay in London, tour the UK, or use your trip as a launch point for travel to destinations throughout Europe and around the world. In 2015, Heathrow was the busiest passenger airports in Europe with flights to 185 destinations in 84 countries.

Top Things to Do in London:

  • Tour the home of the royal family, Buckingham Palace, the seat of government, Palace of Westminster, and see the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.
  • Catch a view of the city from the ultra-modern skyscraper "the Shard" or the London Eye observation wheel.
  • Visit a museum: Some London favorites include the British Museum, the National Portrait Museum, National History Museum, and the Tate Modern. All the museums in London are free.

Departure Terminal: B

Frequency: 1 daily

Approximate Duration: 10 hours 5 minutes

Aircraft: Boeing 787 Dreamliner


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02 of 08

Frankfurt, Germany

Germany, Hesse, Frankfurt, Roemerberg, Fountain of Justice at dusk
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In July 2016, Lufthansa launched a new five times a week flight from San Jose to Frankfurt, Germany (FRA). This is the airport's first non-stop direct flight to continental Europe. Frankfurt is the fifth largest city in Germany and one of the world's largest financial centers. Of significance to international travelers, the airport is the main hub for Lufthansa and a transfer point for travel to Europe and beyond including tech centers like Bangalore and Beijing. In 2014, FRA served 264 destinations in 113 countries, making it the airport with the most international destinations in the world.

Top Things to Do in Frankfurt:

  • Explore the Altstadt, Frankfurt's picturesque Old Town, and local landmarks--Römerberg Plaza, the Old Opera House, St. Bartholomew's Cathedral, and St. Paul's Church.
  • Visit the Goethe House, the 18th-century family home of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany's most famous writer.
  • Visit a Museum: Explore the Museum District, visit the Senckenberg Natural History Museum, or the Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art

Frequency: 5 days a week

Aircraft: Airbus A340-300


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03 of 08

Beijing, China

The Forbidden City, Beijing, China
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In June 2015, Hainan Airways launched non-stop flights to Beijing Capital International Airport (BJS). Tourism between the U.S. and China is on the rise as is global trade. There are hundreds of China-based companies operating here in Silicon Valley and many U.S. companies that do business in China. Beijing is the world's second busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic and the busiest airport in Asia with flights to 120 destinations around the world. The city is a popular transfer point for flights to Asia and the Middle East.

Top Things to Do in Beijing:

  • Walk the Great Wall, the historical northern border of China.
  • Explore China's ancient and recent history at the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and Tianamen Square.

Departure Terminal: B

Frequency: 5 days a week

Approximate Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes

Aircraft: Boeing 787 Dreamliner


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04 of 08

Tokyo, Japan

Senso-Ji Temple, Tokyo, Japan
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In 2011, All Nippon Airways (ANA) launched daily non-stop service to Tokyo-Narita International Airport (NRT). Tokyo is a popular tourism and business travel destination with corporate technology and trade relations between the Silicon Valley and Japan. Tokyo-Narita International Airport is the main international hub for ANA Airlines and a popular transfer point for flights to Asia and the Middle East.

Top Things to Do in Tokyo:

  • Admire the busy city by getting lost in the crowds at Shibuya Crossing, the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world.
  • Visit some of the city's historic Buddhist Temples and Shinto Shrines
  • Wander the endless stalls of the Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest wholesale fish market in the world.

Departure Terminal: A

Frequency: 1 daily

Approximate Duration: 11 hours

Aircraft: Boeing 787 Dreamliner


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05 of 08

Los Cabos, Mexico

Arch of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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Alaska Airlines runs daily non-stop flights from San Jose (California) to San Jose del Cabo (Mexico) via Los Cabos International Airport (SJD).

The Southern Baja destination of "Los Cabos," the combined cities of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, is a popular beach travel destination for West Coast and California travelers. 

Top Things to Do in Los Cabos, Mexico:

  • Head to the beach! Both San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas have gorgeous beaches to explore.
  • Visit the stunning El Arco, a natural rock arch carved in the sea cliffs
  • Get out on the water: Go surfing, snorkeling, diving, fishing, or whale watching.

Departure Terminal: B

Frequency: 1 daily

Approximate Duration: 2 hours 52 minutes


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06 of 08

Guadalajara, Mexico

Downtown guadalajara

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Both Alaska Airlines and Mexican air carrier Volaris operate daily non-stop service to Guadalajara, Mexico. Guadalajara is the second biggest city in Mexico and a launch point for travel across Mexico and down to Central America and into the Caribbean.

Top Things to Do in Guadalajara, Mexico: 

  • Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral: This is the city's most popular landmark--the cathedral has mixed Baroque and Gothic cathedral dates back to 1558.
  • Explore colonial architecture, history, and art: Visit the Government Palace, and the stunning Jose Clemente Orozco murals and frescos scattered around the city.
  • Watch a game at the Omnilife Stadium: Catch a local professional soccer match in the home of the Guadalajara Chivas.
  • Visit the Guadalajara Zoo, one of the biggest and most renowned zoos in all of Latin America.

Departure Terminal: Alaska Airlines (Terminal B) and Volaris (Terminal A)

Frequency: 1 daily

Approximate Duration: 3 hours 40 minutes

Websites: and

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07 of 08


Tropical Beach on the Island of Kauai, Hawaii
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The warm waters of the Hawaiian Islands draw Silicon Valley travelers eager to escape the cold currents along the Northern California coast. Alaska Airlines operates daily non-stop flights to the top four Hawaiian Islands (Oahu, Maui, the Big Island/Hawaii, and Kauai) and Hawaiian Airlines serves non-stop flights to Oahu and Maui.

Top Things to Do in Hawaii:

  • Hit the beach: The Hawaiian islands have beaches for every traveler from broad and busy white sand beaches to tiny isolated coves.
  • Get on the water: Hawaii is perfect for nature and water sports enthusiasts from swimming, surfing, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, scuba, and even whale watching.
  • Explore Hawaii's natural history: From the national parks (Haleakala and Hawaii Volcanoes) to the stunning state parks (Na Pali Coast, Diamond Head, Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach) Hawaii has diverse and breathtaking natural environments.
  • Explore Hawaii's cultural history: Visit local heritage sites to learn about indigenous Hawaiian history, arts including hula dance, and regional foods.
  • Explore U.S. and Military History: Visit the Pearl Harbor National Monument, USS Arizona, Battleship Missouri for military history from World War II and beyond.

Alaska Airlines

Departure Terminal: B

Frequency: 1 daily

Approximate Duration:

  • Honolulu, Oahu (HNL) - 5 hours 20 minutes
  • Kahului, Maui (OGG) - 5 hours 17 minutes
  • Kona, Hawaii (KOA) - 5 hours 22 minutes
  • Lihue, Kauai (LIH) - 5 hours 9 minutes


Hawaiian Airlines

Departure Terminal: A

Frequency: 1 daily

Approximate Duration:

  • Honolulu, Oahu (HNL) - 5 hours 40 minutes
  • Kahului, Maui (OGG) - 5 hours 25 minutes


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08 of 08

Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver skyline with mountains
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In May 2016, Air Canada launched two daily non-stop flights to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) from San Jose. At the time of launch, Vancouver was one of the most requested international destination for San Jose travelers. Strong business connections between Silicon Valley and Vancouver, the vibrant tourism industry of British Columbia, and the fact that 350,000 Canadians work in Silicon Valley made this route an attractive choice. 

Vancouver is Canada's second largest city and a vibrant and diverse community. British Columbia is an outdoors-loving and active tourism destination with quirky Pacific Coast beach towns on Vancouver Island to the ski slopes in the Canadian Rockies.

Top Things to Do in Vancouver:

  • Visit Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre city park that almost entirely surrounded by the Vancouver Harbor and English Bay.
  • Explore Granville Island, a peninsula and shopping district and one of Vancouver's most loved neighborhoods.
  • Take in a Museum: The Vancouver Aquarium and the UBC Anthropology Museum are two of the best on the Pacific Coast.
  • Head to the Beach: When the weather is nice, locals flock to local beaches like Kitsilano and Spanish Banks beach to take in the sun.
  • Head to the Mountains: Go skiing, hiking, or adventuring in nearby Whistler or other towns in the Canadian Rockies.

Departure Terminal: A

Frequency: 2 daily

Approximate Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

Aircraft/Passenger Capacity: Bombardier CRJ-705, 75 passengers


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