About the Airport

San Diego International Airport is proud to be a leader in innovative airports. Their Innovation Lab is a ground-breaking collaborative environment where companies, innovators and airport executives work together to create new ideas to drive airport innovation. Successful ideas are implemented at SAN, other airports, and even in analogous industries like malls, hotels, and convention centers.

SAN Facts

  • Founded in 1928, San Diego International Airport is the busiest single-runway commercial service airport in the nation. The runway is 9,401-feet in length and 200-feet in width.
  • The airport features 51 gates in Terminals 1 and 2.
  • The airport is conveniently located three miles northwest of downtown San Diego and sits on 661 acres.
  • The airport and affiliated enterprises contribute an estimated $9.9 billion annually to the regional economy.
  • Approximately 4,900 employees work for the airlines, support service providers, federal agencies, fixed base operator, cargo operators, concessions and San Diego County Regional Airport Authority at the Airport.
  • In 1976, San Diego International Airport became the first commercial airport in the nation to enact restrictions on late night and early morning takeoffs. While arrivals are permitted 24-hours a day, departures are prohibited between 11:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.

2016 Stats:

  • The airport served 20.7 million passengers in 2016, a new passenger record for the second consecutive year.
  • The airport was served by 22 passenger carriers and 5 cargo carriers.
  • The passenger carriers provided service to 77 domestic and 10 international nonstop destinations throughout the year.
  • The largest carrier is Southwest Airlines carrying 37.8% of the passengers, followed by American Airlines at 13%, United Airlines at 11.5%, Delta Air Lines at 10.5% and Alaska Airlines at 8.5%.
  • Passenger and Cargo Carriers transported 189,096 tons of cargo and mail
  • The airport supported an average of 540 operations per day including General Aviation and Military Operations.