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San Diego is responsible for setting more than 42 historical "firsts" in aviation. These include records for altitude, distance, speed, duration, in-flight refueling and aerial photography. Others include the first aviation radio and the first night flight.

The History of the Airport

In 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh electrified the world when he made San Diego the starting point for the first-ever solo, nonstop transatlantic flight. In his Spirit of St. Louis, Lindbergh took off from Dutch Flat bound for St. Louis, New York and Paris, France. Lindbergh later agreed to lend his name to a proposed new airport: San Diego Municipal Airport - Lindbergh Field.

Today, at the beginning of the 21st century, San Diego International Airport is the nation's busiest single runway commercial airport — serving over 18 million passengers in 2008, and servicing 18 airlines, seven airfreight companies, 16 airline support providers and 23 concessionaires. A far cry from the first, dusty runway and single terminal, San Diego International Airport now contributes nearly $10 billion annually to the regional economy.

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is working to ensure that the future of air transportation in the San Diego region is as illustrious as its past. Here's a look at the milestones in the airport's rich history.

Airport Facts and Statistics

San Diego International Airport is the 30th busiest airport in the country in terms of passengers and the busiest single-runway commercial service airport in the nation. On any given day an average of 50,000 passengers arrive or depart San Diego International Airport. Here are some facts and statistics for San Diego International Airport.

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