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Dozens of planes arrived early at San Francisco Airport Sunday and the trend is continuing Monday with flights from the East Coast landing 45 minutes to an hour earlier than originally scheduled.
Case in point: United Airlines flight 340 from Dulles International in Washington, D.C., was scheduled to land at 8:31 p.m. on Sunday, and instead landed at 7:40 p.m.
“It’s a result of a very calm jet stream over most the U.S.,” SFO spokesperson Doug Yakel said. “This allows east-to-west flights, which normally face headwinds flying into the jet stream, to arrive early.”
As a result of the early landings, SFO saw 90 percent of planes arrive early or on time Sunday. By comparison, the average is 75 percent. (The airport doesn’t specifically look at early arrivals.)
“It’s not that often that this happens,” Yakel says.
Yakel looked at flights scheduled to travel from Atlanta and SFO on Monday and says, “Everything is coming in 45 minutes early.”
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