The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) today released statistics and economic impact figures from Super Bowl 50. The Airport reported on passenger traffic, private and corporate aircraft activity, and concession revenues related to Super Bowl travel and tourism. Key findings included:
- SFO experienced a 15.7% increase in commercial passenger traffic compared to the previous year, with 1.2 million passengers traveling through the airport between February 1-9, 2016
- The airport and its concession tenants realized over $4.6M in additional revenue as a result of Super Bowl 50 travel; with some retailers reporting sales increases of more than 500%
- Between February 1-8, 2016, private and corporate aircraft activity increased 56% compared to the same period the previous year
“The San Francisco Bay Area hosted the most innovative and most philanthropic Super Bowl in the sport’s history, and the big boost to SFO with increased passenger traffic and private and corporate aircraft activity, and concession revenues demonstrates, once again, that the economic activity generated from Super Bowl 50 will greatly benefit our City,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “This is just another example of how Super Bowl 50 created jobs and opportunities for our residents and for the entire San Francisco Bay Area region.”
“SFO continues to serve as an economic engine for the San Francisco Bay Area, as demonstrated by the increased passenger traffic directly related to Super Bowl 50,” said Airport Director John L. Martin. “My sincere thanks go out to the entire Airport community for making this milestone event a success.”
SFO began preparations for Super Bowl 50 traffic over a year in advance, meeting with airport officials in Phoenix to gain insights from the previous year’s host airport. The Airport conducted ongoing coordination meetings with the airlines, vendors, tenants, federal agencies, the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee and other stakeholders to ensure parties were prepared to handle increases in traffic volume. SFO also recently hosted airport officials from Houston to share best practices.
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