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San Jose is named best USA mid-sized airport, Oakland lands in top 10

Wall Street Journal ranks U.S. airports, large and mid-sized

A jetliner approaches San Jose International Airport, 2019.
(Randy Vazquez/Bay Area News Group)
A jetliner approaches San Jose International Airport, 2019.
George Avalos, business reporter, San Jose Mercury News, for his Wordpress profile. (Michael Malone/Bay Area News Group)

SAN JOSE — San Jose International Airport is ranked as the nation’s top mid-sized airport and Oakland International Airport is ranked number eight, according to a new survey.

San Francisco International Airport was ranked No. 6 among large airports, the survey compiled and released by the Wall Street Journal determined.

“If you want to get where you’re going, there’s never been a better place to start, or end your journey than San Jose International Airport,” San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan said in comments emailed to this news organization.

Here are the top 10 mid-sized airports in the nation, according to the Wall Street Journal’s research:

— 1. San Jose

— 2. San Antonio, Texas

— 3. Sacramento

— 4. Indianapolis

— 5. Houston

— 6. Portland, Oregon

— 7. Santa Ana (Orange County)

— 8. Oakland

— 9. Kahului, Maui, Hawaii

— 10. Tampa, Florida

“The 2023 U.S. Airport Rankings rate the 50 busiest airports in the country based on measures of reliability, value and convenience,” the Wall Street Journal stated. “Each airport is evaluated on 30 factors that span the trip, from buying a ticket to arriving at a final destination.”

Oakland Airport officials said they were proud to receive the high rating for mid-sized airports in the Wall Street Journal survey.

“We know that our passengers appreciate the convenience that comes with flying the East Bay Way,” said Craig Simon, the Port of Oaland’s interim aviation director. “Our team is dedicated to continuously evaluating and improving passenger experience at our facilities.”

The mayor of San Jose believes the airport rankings provide fresh evidence for what some city leaders believe is an upswing for the Bay Area’s largest city.

“San Jose has a lot of things to brag about,” Mahan said. “We are the safest city in the Bay Area, the most innovative place in the world, and have some of the best weather on the planet. And those who have visited us for one of those reasons know that we also have the most reliable, convenient airport in the nation.”