San Francisco + San José + Oakland

How Coronavirus is Changing the Aviation Industry

SPUR Digital Series


What: SPUR Digital Series
When: Thursday, May 28th, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Where: Join us Virtually (RSVP via Eventbrite)


This event is exclusively for SPUR business members and is free to attend. Please contact Amanda Fasenmyer, Director of Corporate Philanthropy, at for information on how your organization can get involved and support our work.


Webinar link will be sent to registered attendees on Wednesday May 27th.


Before the coronavirus pandemic, the Bay Area’s airports were thriving with expansion plans to meet increased passenger demand -- Mineta San José International Airport was the fastest-growing major airport in the country for the past four years; San Francisco International Airport outlined a $7.4 billion capital plan for projects to deliver a world-class experience; and Oakland International Airport grew by more than forty-one percent in the past five years. To match demand, Alaska Airlines and other carriers rapidly expanded flights across all three airports.


Now, in a matter of months, the coronavirus has devastated the global aviation industry with demand dropping by more than ninety-five percent. In response, airlines have reduced seat capacity and grounded aircraft as airports restructure infrastructure and operations to prioritize traveler safety.


Join SPUR for a discussion with our region's aviation leaders about the evolving state of the industry and measures that our Bay Area airports and airlines are enacting to continue to provide critical services in ways that keep travelers safe.




+ Annabel R. Chang, Vice President, Bay Area, Alaska Airlines


+ Bryant L. Francis, C.M., Director of Aviation, Port of Oakland

+ Ivar C. Satero, Airport Director, San Francisco International Airport

+ John Aitken, A.A.E., Director of Aviation, Mineta San José International Airport




This event is graciously sponsored by Hensel Phelps:

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Refund Policy

Sponsorship payments: Will not be refunded, as sponsorship benefits take effect immediately and are on-going through the date of the event.

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