About the Airport

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.