PAL, what philippine airlines is called is older than cathay pacific making it Asia's Oldest Airline (and trivia-only PAL and Other Philippine Carriers are not subsidized by the Governent, bucking the trend in the rest of asia wherein other National carriers are heavily subsidized by their Governments like Singapore Airlines, Thai Air, Malaysian Air, Royal Brunei, Emirates, Japan Airlines and others).Philippine Airlines was founded on February 26, 1941, making it Asia's oldest carrier still operating under its current name.
It provides the most direct and cheapest connection to the philippines.
Korean Airlines is largest airline based in South Korea, it operates a network that links Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, North America to its hub at Incheon International Airport and its domestic hub at Gimpo International Airport.It flies to about 110 cities in more than 30 countries worldwide. The Asia/Pacific region and the US account for most of its traffic. The airline extends its network as part of the SkyTeam global marketing and code-sharing alliance, which is led by Delta Air Lines and Air France. (Code-sharing allows carriers to sell tickets on one another's flights.)
Incidentally, it provides the cheapest fare to South Korea
(where I recently went last june)
Southwest Airlines is an American low-fare airline based in Dallas, Texas. It is the largest airline in the United States by number of passengers carried domestically for any one year and the second largest airline in the world by number of passengers carried. It also maintains the fourth-largest fleet of aircraft among all of the world's commercial airlines.
Since september 2007, Soutwest Airlines are available at SFO Airport so you don't need to go to Oakland Airport for the ride and spend $ 35 for the Airport Shuttle.
P.O. Box 36647 - 1CR
Dallas, Texas 75235-1647
Since 2000, the Renovated Airport is really a Jewel in the Bay Area but since it is always foggy in the bay area, there are cases of flight delays due to it. The airport is composed of four terminals (1, 2, 3, and International) and seven concourses (A through G) arranged in a ring. Terminal 1 (Boarding Areas B and C), Terminal 3 (Boarding Areas E and F), and the International Terminal (Boarding Area A) handle domestic flights. The International Terminal (Boarding Areas A and G) handle international flights.
San Francisco International Airport is located approximately 13 miles south of San Francisco, near the junction of Highways 101 and 380.
There are several national car rental chains located downtown. Ride Bart in to your Hotel, get a weekly public transportation pass. This pass is good for bus and trollys and the subway around town.
If you need to leave town just rent a car for the day. It will probably cost you less then the charge to park your car at your hotel for one night.
This is the airport to go if you want to visit San Francisco.
Upon reaching the airport, you can either take B.A.R.T, Caltrain or Samtrans to bring you to your destination.
You can also rent a car from San Francisco International Airport’s Rental Car Center.
This always used to be my gateway to San Francisco and the bay area. Back then it was the only airport connected to BART, and most of my friends live in Oakland anyway. Add to that I used to fly Southwest and well it all made sense. Now with its continued reliance on the Bus to the BART I find it more complicated to come in here than SFO.
We flew from Dublin to London with Aer Lingus and then on to San Francisco with Virgin. I had been out clubbing in Kilkenny the night before and an hour after I got home we left for Dublin at 4am. For some bizarre reason I didn't sleep on the plane - I guess as 17 year olds have lots of energy. This was my first transatlantic flight and our in flight entertainment was so good that it seemed a waste to fall asleep. We finally got to our hotel at 9pm on the Sunday evening and I certainly slept then - after almost 48 hours without sleep!
If you are flying into San Francisco, you have a choice of three airports. I have landed in all three airports. SFO is the main hub for international flights.
If you are transfering flight connection between these airports, factor ample time as there is traffic jam during rush hours between airports. I almost missed my flight back to Asia when I changed my flight from Maine to San Jose instead and then drove to SFO airport.
1) San Francisco International Airport (code: SFO)
2) Oakland International Airport (code: OAK)
3) San Jose International Airport (code: SJC)
San Francisco airport is located about 14 miles south of downtown San Francisco along Highway 101. It is accessible by car, public bus, or BART, and the CalTrain takes you to the nearby Milbrae BART station. Long-term parking is available for $12 per hour while short-term parking is $1 for each 12 minutes ($5 per hour). The airport's AirTrain connects all the terminals, the rental car counters, and all parking areas except long-term parking, which has a shuttle bus to and from the airport.
SFO offers wireless internet access, but they charge a fee. From my recent travels it seems that about 75% of American airports have free wireless for their customers, so I'm not sure why this airport is so cheap that it has to charge.
If you are off to Asia,
from the East Coast, USA,
be aware some of the basics
of what you will be experiencing
in what could possible be a
30 – 35 hours of traveling.
If you begin your journey
from the East Coast
you’ll most probably transit through California.
Check to see if you have
the option between transiting
SFO or LAX.
If you book through the internet,
it most cases it will automatically
transit you through LAX.
Pick up the phone and call.
Find out the options.
In LAX / Los Angeles Airport,
you’ll bound to be waiting in long security check lines.
Not that there won’t be any in SFO / San Francisco Airport,
but you will probably feel
the passage more at ease than,
you would at LAX .
There are more shops at SFO
and the airport is more convenient.
The pleasant architectural lay out of SFO,
creates a bright, airy space.
there seems to be a great need of a facelift.
that most flights to Asia from SFO or LAX
leave after midnight.
Depending on the carrier.
If your layover is long or
you decide to stay overnight,
visiting the city can be done by taking
one of the many transportation options that they have .
Once in San Francisco,
you can just walk around.
Congested traffic can take up to hours
at a snail pace in the
expansiveness of Los Angeles.
When flying from the East Coast,
the price difference between
transiting LAX or SFO is usually 0.
Just a little to consider,
when taking very long flights.
Bon Voyage and be kind to your body.
The relatively new San Francisco International Airport terminal is beautiful. It has good restaurants, nice shops including the Museum of Modern ARt shop as well as nice museum exhibits.
Check out the above website for specific information about the airport and transportation to the city.
It was cheaper (and non-stop) for us to fly Nashville to Oakland than in to San Francisco from Nashville or Atlanta. We took a BART bus to the BART station at the Oakland Airport, then the BART train to the Embarcadero station - it's easy - we just followed the signs at the airport. Then we took a taxi to the hotel. There is plenty of room for luggage on BART.
The savings for 1 person may not be substantial, but multiplied by 4 - it was well worth it.
Consider flying into Oakland International Airport if you want to go to San Francisco. It is served by several low cost airlines, such as Southwest Airlines (www.southwest.com), JetBlue (www.jetblue.com), ATA, etc. Aloha also flies here and may offer a cheaper fare to Hawaii. The fares to San Francisco are often not the same as to Oakland.
To reach Oakland Airport from the BART (see www.bart.gov) there is an AirBART shuttle which costs $2. If you want to save money, you can take a local AC Transit bus for $1.50. The bus takes about 10-15 minutes longer to reach the BART station.
AC Transit's bus A to San Francisco is no longer operating.
Most visitors to San Francisco will arrive a the city's main international airport. There are direct flights to Asia, Europe, and all over the United States. This makes San Francisco an ideal gateway city. Once you arrive here, there is easy public transportation to the city. BART, the train network that runs throughout the bay area, now directly accesses the airport. This will provide a direct link into the city. There are also public busses that serve the airport. If you are mainly sticking to the city center, there should be no reason to get an expensive cab or to rent a car. You do not want to spend half of your trip looking for a parking spot.
Another airport, Oakland International, is just across the bay from San Francisco's airport. It has a bus known as Air Bart that quicly accesses BART from that side of the bay. Likewise, BART can bring you from Oakland into the city.