SAN JOSE (KCBS) — After years of declining passenger traffic, Mineta San Jose International Airport is finally starting to see a turnaround with passenger activity increasing two and a half percent over the last year, according to an airport spokesman.

It may not sound like much but it’s good news for an airport that’s seen steep declines over the past several years.

“It means that people are traveling,” said airport spokesman Dave Vossbrink. “But we’ve got a long way to go to get back to the levels we had before the recession.”

Vossbrink said one reason for the increase is airlines are adding more flights.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

“Silicon Valley is a traffic market for service, and Alaska Airlines has added a lot of service to Hawaii over the last year and a half,” Vossbrink said.

Vossbrink said airport officials are also working on adding more flights to the East Coast as well as re-establishing a non-stop flight to Japan.

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