San Jose, CA, is home to nearly one million people, a large city population that's serviced by its own international airport, providing regular flights from San Jose to international and domestic destinations. The Norman Y. Mineta Memorial San Jose International Airport is only two miles from the downtown area at the intersections of U.S. Route 101, Interstate 880 and State Route 87. The primary airlines operating from the airport are Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines. Reservations for you airline ticket on these or other airlines serving the airport can be made through Orbitz.com.
Parking at Mineta San Jose International Airport is available at three hourly and three daily lots, one of which offers economy service. The hourly lots are interspersed around the terminal area for easy access, costing $2 for 30 minutes and $30 per day flat rates. The daily lots offer parking deals with discounted parking fees of $22 a day for the regular daily lots and $15 for the economy lot, which is further away from the terminals. Disabled parking is available in front of both terminals for a $2 rate for 30 minutes and $15 for a daily charge.
Several methods of travel are available for passengers to make their way from anywhere in the city to the airport. Several hotels in the area offer courtesy shuttle transportation for patrons. Public bus transportation is available from the Valley Transportation Authority, and metered taxi service is also available from anywhere in the area, with the downtown-to-airport fare costing approximately $15 to $18.
A quick meal can be eaten at the airport before departure in one of the many restaurants available in the concourse. Only ticketed passengers are allowed in the area containing the restaurants. Coffee and pastries are served at the Euro Café near the baggage claim area, while Starbucks can provide sandwiches as well, to get you quickly to the available flights from San Jose. If you have a bit more time to stop off on the way to the airport, try a sit-down breakfast at Café San Jose on Meridian Ave. or at Bill's Cafe on Willow St.
Travelers booking flights to Oaxaca, Mexico will arrive at the Xoxocotlan International Airport, a small single terminal airport that handles about 600,000 passengers yearly. Airlines servicing Xoxocotlan include Aeromexico, United Express and VivaAerobus, among others. The airport's address is Carretera Oaxaca-Puerto Angel Km 7.5, Oaxaca, Edo. de Oaxaca. Cheap flights to Oaxaca are available throughout the year, with reservations ready for booking through Orbitz.com.
Transport from the airport into the city can be obtained by renting a vehicle, hiring a taxi or taking one of the shared minivans available in front of the terminal. The trip into town takes approximately 15 minutes to reach the ring road surrounding the downtown area.
Oaxaca is located in the tropical temperature zones, but altitudes and accompanying weather vary widely. Average yearly temperatures are about 64 degrees Fahrenheit. A light jacket is recommended for most of the year, with the summer and early fall receiving enough rain to warrant keeping rain gear at the ready. At higher altitudes, the weather tends to cool down, with freezing temperatures occurring during the winter.
Oaxaca is widely noted for its art, and it has a number of galleries available for viewing local artists. The Museo de Arte Contemporaneo displays the best of these works. Performance art, including performances of local folklore through music and dance, is also a large part of the culture in Oaxaca. There's also an annual film festival, Oaxaca Film Fest, held during November. It is considered one of the more important festivals in Mexico, and attendees catch flights to Oaxaca from around the world.
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