Sales soaring at San Francisco International Airport 

The results are in: People like to stay, eat and shop at San Francisco International Airport.

During the fiscal year that ended June 30, SFO recorded $715 million in gross sales — a 13 percent increase from the prior year — and spending per passenger at the hub was the third highest in North America.

The average passenger spent $11.65 at SFO, a rate that was more than all North American hubs save for John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Pittsburgh International.

And airport officials expect passenger spending to surge even more this year, thanks to the recent reopening of Terminal 2. During the first two months of that terminal’s operations, passengers spent an average of $13 to $14 per trip, a rate that is expected to bring up the overall levels of the airport, according to documents that will be presented at Tuesday’s Airport Commission meeting.

Sales at duty-free shops marked the biggest jump last fiscal year, with revenue totals topping out at $78.7 million, a 30 percent increase from the prior year’s $60 million.

SFO’s strong revenue totals were backed up by recognition for best practices from industry followers. Airport Revenue News gave SFO  two honors last year, Best Overall Concession Program and Best Concession Design.

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