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Major Construction in Front of Terminal 1 Will Impact Visitors Going To and From the Airport

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Memorial Day weekend is considered the beginning of the summer travel season and SAN is anticipating a record-breaking number of passengers (post-COVID-19) to pass through the terminals during the next few months.

If you will be flying into or out of San Diego International Airport (SAN) in the near future, you should expect major construction and changes in front of Terminal 1 beginning June 5 and extending through the end of 2024. We urge you, please plan ahead if you will be using Terminal 1 this summer.

The changes you can expect to see at SAN:

  • Parking will be significantly reduced this summer. The Terminal 1 lot will close to incoming traffic on June 5 and all cars remaining in the lot will need to exit by June 14.
  • As of June 15, the Terminal 1 parking lot and pedestrian bridge in front of Terminal 1 that currently takes pedestrians to the T1 parking lot and to the ground transportation island, will close permanently and be replaced by a new crosswalk in front of Terminal 1.
  • Beginning in early July, ground transportation services and pick-up/drop off lanes will be temporarily relocated at Terminal 1. During this time, be hyperaware of directional signage as drop-off and pick-up lanes will be impacted.

This construction is an important part of SAN’s New T1 project that will replace the current facility and make way for a new Terminal 1 Parking Plaza anticipated to open late 2024. The New T1 will also have a new on-airport roadway that will divert westbound traffic from Harbor Drive on to the airport property.

Below are options for getting to and from SAN.

If parking at SAN, make parking reservations ahead of time. Reservations can be made for the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza or valet. If parking in the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza but flying from Terminal 1, passengers can ride the Terminal Loop Shuttle which transports passengers between the two terminals in an efficient manner. Reservations can be made at The New T1 Parking Plaza is expected to open fall of 2024.

Use public transit to the airport. There are more ways than ever to get to and from the airport on public transit. Try the free San Diego Flyer shuttle, a convenient last-mile connection between the Old Town Transit Center and the airport.

Get dropped off /picked up. Have friends or family drop off or pick up. Taxi, Lyft, Uber, or other rideshare options are also good alternatives. 

We know construction can be an inconvenience but we promise the result will be worth it. To learn more about construction impacts, transit options, and more, visit

Airlines that operate from Terminal 1:

  • Frontier Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Sun Country Airlines

Airlines that operate from Terminal 2:

  • Air Canada
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Allegiant Air
  • American Airlines
  • British Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Japan Airlines
  • jetBlue Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Swoop
  • United
  • WestJet