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Top 7 Airports for Private Jets in San Francisco


Flying by private jet allows you to land at a much wider range of airports, some which could be closer to your final destination. We’ve put together a list of some of the top airports in San Francisco, so if you’re heading there you can make the most of your time on the ground skipping the queues associated with flying on scheduled services. So whether you’re looking for a smaller airport, or a most stylish FBO – a “fixed-base operator,” which acts as a mini-terminal for private jet passengers – in a larger airport, read on.

San Francisco Airport – SFO

San Francisco Airport was first opened in 1927, as the Mills Fields Municipal Airport of San Francisco, on a former cow pasture of just 150 acres. By 1931 it has expanded the over 1000 acres and had been renamed Sand Francisco Airport. After World War II it became an international airport and has been one of the busiest in the USA since. There are three terminals, and the airport also houses the SFO Museum, which contains a collection of both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The main terminals have all the dining and shopping options you’d expect, and there’s also an FBO offering luxury facilities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, lounges, and catering.

  • Year opened: 1927
  • Distance from downtown San Francisco: 15 miles
  • Land area: 4,899 acres
  • Number of FBOs: 1


Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport – SJC

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport is situated three miles northwest of San Jose and was named after San Jose native, Norman Mineta. He was the former Transportation Secretary for George W. Bush, Commerce Secretary for Bill Clinton, and has also been a councilman for, and major of the city of San Jose itself. Originally opened the 1940s at San Jose Municipal Airport, the airport has since developed to house three terminals, two FBO’s and a plethora of dining and shopping opportunities.

  • Year opened: 1939
  • Distance from downtown San Jose: 3 miles
  • Land area: 1,050 acres
  • Number of FBOs: 2


Monterey Regional Airport – MRY

Previously called Monterey Peninsula Airport, the airport is own by the municipalities that make up the district, and is ran by a publicly-elected board of directors. Originally created by the local communities, the airport was then used by the Navy during World War II before being returned to public use. Used primarily for general aviation, the airport is home to two FBOs as well as a flight training school. Both FBOs offer luxurious facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi and catering services.

  • Year opened: 1936
  • Distance from downtown Monterey: 3 miles
  • Land area: 496 acres
  • Number of FBOs: 2


Napa County Airport – APC

Napa Country Airport was originally built by the armed forces as an emergency landing strip for military aircraft during training. It then saw more use during World War II before being handed over to the county for civilian use. There is a single FBO offering a luxurious lounge area, complimentary Wi-Fi, conference rooms and concierge services.

  • Year opened: 1946
  • Distance from downtown Napa: 7 miles
  • Land area: 820 acres
  • Number of FBOs: 1


Buchanan Field Airport – KCCR

Buchanan Field Airport started out as a civilian airport before being taken over by the US Air Force for pilot training, and renamed the Concord Army Air Base. After World War II it was returned to mainly civilian use, though it has also seen use as a movie set by George Lucas in his movie American Graffiti. There are three FBO’s, each offering a comfortable experience with luxury lounges, Wi-Fi, concierge services amongst other facilities.

  • Year opened: 1936
  • Distance from downtown Concord: 1 mile
  • Land area: 495 acres
  • Number of FBOs: 3


Hayward Executive Airport – KHWD

Hayward Executive Airport was originally built during World War II and originally used by Lockheed P-38 Lightnings. After the war it became a civilian airport, with adjacent land being used at the home for the California National Guards’ 61st Fighter Wing unit. Now it is used primarily for general aviation and is home to a single FBO and the luxury accoutrements that come with it.

  • Year opened: 1942
  • Distance from Hayward: 3 miles
  • Land area: 543 acres
  • Number of FBOs: 1


Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport – KSTS

Originally opened as the Santa Rosa Army Air Field, the airport was used by the army up until 1946 where it was handed over for conversion into a civil airport. There are a small number of scheduled services and plenty of general aviation, with two FBOs on site to cater to any private jet passengers. Named after the illustrator of the Peanuts comic, the airport, and its FBOs, offers a comfortable place from which to fly.

  • Year opened: 1942
  • Distance from downtown Santa Rosa: 7 miles
  • Land area: 1125 acres
  • Number of FBOs: 2

You can also fly into Metropolitan Oakland International Airport which can be found on our Top 10 airports for Private Jets in the USA article.

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