SFO’s International Terminal will be renamed after the late Senator Dianne Feinstein

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SFO’s International Terminal will be renamed after the late Senator Dianne Feinstein

Transportation, California politics

Karen Garcia

January 17, 2024

The governing body of San Francisco International Airport announced Tuesday that it will rename its international terminal after the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a pioneer in California politics who died last year.

The San Francisco Airport Commission’s move came in response to a campaign by a group of notable local figures calling themselves the Dianne Feinstein 100-Plus Committee. The group, chaired by former San Francisco mayor and former state Assembly Speaker Willie




an application for a name change has been submitted to

San Francisco Airport

committee in November.

“Naming the San Francisco International Terminal after Senator Feinstein is a fitting tribute to a woman who opened the doors for so many other women leaders in the city, state and nation,” said Jim Gonzalez, a spokesman for the group.

Gonzalez said that aside from seeing a new name on the terminal signage, international travelers will have a chance to reflect on someone “who is an incredible defender of democracy, someone who has always opposed authoritarianism and was a civil rights leader in his own right. all communities.”

In addition to the name change, the airport commission said it would work with the Feinstein

Plus-100 100-Plus

Committee on further efforts to celebrate Feinstein’s legacy on both the airport and the city of San Francisco.

After reviewing the proposal to rename the terminal, the airport commission said there were “compelling reasons to honor the nominee.”

In a press release, the commission listed several successful efforts led by Feinstein, including negotiating a 30-year lease and use agreement with the airlines that transformed the airport’s operations and led to the construction of the first international terminal, which opened in Opened in 1983.

The committee also noted Feinstein’s role in bringing BART transit directly to the international terminal, supporting SFO’s first in-line baggage screening system.

as a sequel to

9/11 and helping SFO access new FAA technology to improve safety and reduce delays.

There is no timeline yet for when the name change and other changes will happen.

Feinstein was the first woman


to represent California in the Senate and the longest-serving woman there. She died in September at the age of 90 of natural causes.


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