San Jose International airport is seeking more transcontinental flights, as it aims to meet the demands of Silicon Valley business travellers.
Increased frequencies to New York, Boston and Chicago, and new service to Washington DC are at the top of the local business leaders' wish lists, says Kimberly Becker Aguirre, director of aviation at the San Jose airport.
JetBlue Airways, which operates red-eyes from San Jose to both New York’s JFK International and Boston Logan International, is a likely candidate for day flights on either route, she agrees.
United Airlines is a possibility for service to Chicago and Washington DC where it operates large hubs. Its lacks nonstop flights to San Jose from either city.
American Airlines and Southwest Airlines fly between San Jose and Chicago, Innovata schedules show.
More international service is also a goal for San Jose. Aguirre says that she anticipates more international flights to Asia and possibly Europe once people see how well All Nippon Airways’ nonstop to Tokyo Narita is performing.
The ANA flight, operated using Boeing 787 equiprment, began earlier this year.
American operated nonstop flights to both Paris Charles de Gaulle and Taipei in the 1990s before it downsized its focus cities at the airport following the bursting of the dot com bubble and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.