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Newly-Renovated Terminal 2 Opens At SFO

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Passengers walk through the newly-renovated Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport, April 14, 2011. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KCBS / CBS SF) – San Francisco International Airport’s newly renovated Terminal 2 opened Thursday morning for its first arriving and departing flights, an airport spokesman said.

The first departures from the new $383 million terminal were scheduled for 6 a.m., when two American Airlines flights took off for Dallas and Miami, SFO spokesman Mike McCarron said.

Virgin America, which will join American Airlines in operating its flights out of the 640,000-square-foot terminal, had its first scheduled departure at 7 a.m.

Cupcakes and champagne greeted Virgin America and American Airlines passengers on these first flights.

“Best breakfast ever” is how one passenger described the 4-ounce shots of bubbly served up to those catching flights before 6 a.m. in a building vacant for more than a decade.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

The first arrival was at 7:45 a.m., when a Virgin America flight from Los Angeles was scheduled to land.

Terminal 2 features ambient lighting, play areas for kids, $3.7 million in public art, hydration stations and local food vendors.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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