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Airport Competition Plan

The San Diego International Airport (SAN) Competition Plan documents the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s plan to enhance competition among airlines at SAN. Per Section 155 of the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century, a Competition Plan is required from a commercial airport when one or two airlines handle over 50% of the total enplanements in one calendar year.

During 2012, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines were responsible for 51.9% of SAN’s 8,686,592 total annual enplaned passengers; Southwest for 37.6% and United for 14.3% The FAA approved the Competition Plan on May 27, 2014.

The eight areas covered in the Competition Plan are:

  • Availability of gates and related facilities
  • Leasing and subleasing arrangements
  • Patterns of air service
  • Gate assignment policy
  • Gate use requirements
  • Financial constraints
  • Airport controls over airside and groundside capacity
  • Airport intentions to build or acquire gates that would be used as common facilities

Read the Airport Competition Plan »

SAN’s Competition Plan Update of March 14, 2016 »

FAA’s July 18, 2016 Approval of SAN’s Competition Plan Update »

For questions or comments, please contact the Air Service Development Department at 619-400-2876.