SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Mineta San Jose International Airport could soon be expanding its menu of international flights.

Last month, the airport announced it had landed its first overseas flight in five years – nonstop service to Japan. Now, the airport is hoping to build on that momentum with even more overseas flights, especially to Asia.

All Nippon Airways’ daily nonstop flights from San Jose to Tokyo were expected to start taking off later this year.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

“We’ve had a lot of discussions with a lot of different airlines and we’ve got a beautiful new facility that will accommodate the flights,” reasoned the airports’ assistant aviation director, Kim Aguirre.

The airport reportedly hopes to add as many as three international carriers in the next five years. Landing All Nippon Airways was key in helping the airport get the ball rolling.

“When one major airline is in the market the others feel they have to compete in that market,” pointed out Silicon Valley Leadership Group president and CEO, Carl Guardino. “We say, bring it on.”

The City of San Jose has agreed to waive all airport fees for All Nippon Airways’ first year at Mineta International.

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