If you’ve been hearing more snatches of French and German around San Francisco this summer than in recent years, there’s a reason. International flight data show more nonstop inbound trips to San Francisco International Airport are coming from Europe than Asia so far this summer, compared to before the pandemic when Asian visitors made up the bulk of overseas travelers to the city.
During the summer of 2019, 455,581 visitors from Asia arrived at SFO, outpacing the 359,383 European travelers who showed up during the same period. Those numbers were a fraction of that during 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic hit, but tourism from Asia appeared to bounce back stronger in the summer of 2021. Data show travelers from Asia into SFO were more than double entrances from Europe, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.