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San Jose opens new terminal, FIS facility. (San Jose Municipal Airport, Federal Inspection Station)

San Jose, Calif.-A fiber-optic ribbon symbolizing San Jose international Airport's role as the air-transportation hub of Silicon Valley was cut Feb. 8 to open a $36 million terminal that is part of the $126 million first phase of a planned $516 million expansion that could nearly triple capacity to 18 million passengers annually by 2006. The fast-growing airport handled 6.7 million passengers in 1989, up 17% from 1988.

Designed in 1985 to house the short-haul California Corridor operations of PSA and AirCal, Terminal A instead is being occupied by their respective successors, USAir and American, the majors that acquired the two national carriers in 1987. On Feb. 14, USAir moved into the 175,000-sq.-ft. structure, where it has four gates, from Terminal C.

American, which launched its sixth hub at San Jose in December, 1988, will move this fall after completing an $18 million, 68,000-sq. …

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