Many airports offer vistas of their runway operations, but the new Sykdeck at San Francisco International includes a breath of fresh air with the 180-degree view.
The outdoor terrace and observation deck, which opened this month, is located post-security at the end of the airport’s international terminal, near Boarding Area G.
“Our goal is to create an airport experience second to none, and we’re excited to introduce the first post-security observation deck at SFO,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero.
“This outdoor terrace gives our guests a relaxing oasis within our terminals and invites travellers to rediscover the excitement and magic of air travel.”
The landscaped terrace is furnished with wooden chairs, tables, and chaise lounges, as well as a trio of bronze sculptures by local artist Woody Othello. Ten-foot glass panels provide wind protection without compromising the views.
The terrace will be opened from 0700 to 2330. Food and beverages may be brought out to the terrace, but smoking is prohibited.
The open-air, 2,997-square-foot terrace is part of a broader, $55-million improvement project at the San Francisco airport that includes enhancements to security checkpoints, new seating areas and tables with power outlets, and lounge chairs near boarding areas.
The airport plans to construct a second observation deck, located pre-security in Terminal 2, that will be accessible to the general public, not just those with boarding passes.