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1903

The Wright Brothers, inventors

and aviation pioneers, fly the

first successful airplane at

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

1927

Charles  A. Lindbergh takes off from San Diego to launch the first solo nonstop trans-Atlantic flight from New York to Paris.

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2013

State law transfers operation of San Diego International Airport from the Port of San Diego to the newly formed San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. The Airport celebrates its 75th year.

The Airport Authority organizes a series of innovative dialogue sessions at which San Diego County residents discuss possible approaches to the future of air travel in San Diego.

A Public Working Group of 75 stakeholders organized by the Airport Authority carries out thorough analysis of various site selection alternatives for a potential new airport for

the San Diego region.

After thorough analysis and stakeholder input, the Airport Authority fulfills a legislative mandate and places an airport site selection measure on the county-wide ballot, choosing a joint-use proposal with Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The measure goes to a public vote in November and fails to pass.

Airports Council International ranks San Diego International Airport as the second-best airport in the world in the 15–25 million passenger category.

In February 2008, San Diego International Airport becomes one of the first major airports in the U.S. to adopt a formal sustainability policy.

San Diego International Airport breaks ground on a $1 billion expansion of Terminal 2 West called The Green Build.

The Airport Authority receives a first-place Marble Award as Best Medium-Sized Employer for Workplace Excellence from the San Diego Society for Human Resources Management.

The Airport Authority receives the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2011 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Advocate and Partner Award for the excellence in its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program.

The first-ever nonstop flights between San Diego and Asia commence in December  with Japan Airlines service between San Diego International Airport and Tokyo Narita International Airport on the new 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The current Terminal 2 East opens adjacent to Terminal 1 on July 11, 1979.

San Diego’s ‘hometown airline’ – Pacific Southwest Airlines – flies its final flight on April 8, 1988 after merging with USAir.

A regular San Diego – Los Angeles airmail route starts on June 1, 1930.

The U.S. Army Air Corps takes over the Airport in 1942 and improves it to handle heavy bombers manufactured in the region for the war effort. This includes an 8,750-foot runway, making the Airport "jet-ready' long before jet airliners came into service.

In this decade, nonstop flights from the airport did not reach beyond California, Arizona and Texas.

 

The current Terminal 1 opens on the south side of the Airport on March 5, 1967.

The current Terminal 2 West opens on January 7, 1998.

San Diego International Airport

celebrated two milestones:

 

2013

Years as an Airport

 

85

Years with the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

 

10

The Airport is dedicated on August 16, 1928 as San Diego Municipal Airport – Lindbergh Field. Famed aviator Charles Lindbergh encouraged the building of the airport and agreed to lend his name to it.

A doubling of Terminal 2 West and a series of other improvements, known as The Green Build, are completed in August. The largest construction project in the history of the airport is completed on time and $45 million under budget.

2003 - 2013: a new era

San Diego International Airport    2013 Annual Report

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