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Mineta's not alone, as both SFO and Oakland have suffered cuts, and the airport has some hopes for intercontinental service, though, its air service development guru, Ed Nelson, tells us. The Narita flight was jam-packed for its life of more than 15 years, he noted. And not only is Mineta within 20 miles of most of Silicon Valley's hi-tech headquarters, but it also has a very large ethnic population of Asian-Americans and Indian-Americas. But Mineta, or San Jose, suffers from the same syndrome that makes carriers choose Heathrow when they start flights to England: it's not the brand-name airport, even though it may be more convenient, etc. In fact, San Jose lost out on Kingfisher's ambitious India-US expansion, and the carrier will go to San Francisco (SFO) starting in November. You can get a sense of the three airports' relationship from the illustration above, which is not modern art but an FAA representation of Bay Area air traffic.