Added Flights Help Boost SF's International Appeal

By Jessica Greene
|  Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010  |  Updated 11:45 AM PDT
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More international travelers visited San Francisco this summer than last, thanks to the addition of three more airlines.

Swiss Airlines, Air Berlin and LAN added San Francisco International Airport to their list of destinations this summer, making it easier and more appealing for overseas travelers to make the City their destination.

The newly added routes gave SFO's travel numbers a big boost. In June, more than 400,000 international passengers landed at SFO, compared to about 360,000 just a year prior. And those traveling through the hub are staying for at least a few days, giving hotels a positive flow as well, according to the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Airport spokesman Mike McCarron says that in addition to the new international arrivals at SFO, other airlines have consolidated their flights and added more passengers.

McCarron said he expects the closing of "Wicked" and "Peter Pan" and events like Fleet Week and Italian Heritage days to keep tourists coming through October.

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