Aviation News

September 9, 2010

American Airlines Moving to New Terminal in San Francisco

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Aerial view of San Francisco International Airport SFO at night

Aerial view of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) at night. (Photograph by Andrew Choy, shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)

American Airlines on Wednesday announced that it will relocate its operations to San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) new Terminal 2 in spring 2011 from its current location in Terminal 3.

In conjunction with the terminal move, AA will construct a brand-new Admirals Club lounge for customers, which will become the only airport lounge in Terminal 2, spanning more than 9,000 square feet and offering seating for up to 165 guests

In the new terminal, AA will have 14 ticket counter positions and 20 self-service machines to offer a smooth check-in for its more than 30 daily departures at SFO as it has served the San Francisco market for more than 60 years.

Unique in its design and amenities, the approximately 575,000 square foot terminal will boast six security screening lanes, free Wi-Fi throughout the terminal, more comfortable lounge areas with ample electrical outlets, plus 12 restaurants and nine retail stores, including a gourmet market with a wine bar and spa.

Once the terminal is completed, it is expected to receive Silver LEED Certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Designs (LEED) program.

“We are pleased to relocate into a brand-new space that is both functional for our customers and employees, and is environmentally friendly in its design,” said Tom Del Valle, American’s Senior Vice President – Airport Services. “The LEED-certified terminal will allow us to provide exceptional customer service while reducing our environmental impact.”

In addition, major works of art will decorate the environmentally–friendly terminal as customers will be able to use mobile boarding passes, as well as preferential parking for hybrid cars, and quick access to BART – the Bay Area’s public transportation system.