First Ocean Friendly Airport Concession!
In July 2019, SAN became the first airport to have one of its concessions become "Ocean Friendly certified". Congratulations to our partner, Einstein Bros.
, located in Terminal 2 West, for this wonderful accomplishment!
San Diego International Airport (SAN) is now a carbon neutral airport! On September 18th
SAN became the second airport in North America, and the first airport in California, to receive carbon neutral accreditation from the global agency that establishes carbon standards for airports worldwide.
Ah, warm weather in San Diego! The sun is shining, the temperatures are up, and our AC is ON! Have you ever noticed when you run your AC that the machine produces water? That is condensate! Condensate is the result of water vapor in the air turning into liquid when it encounters the cold coils on your air conditioner.
Here at SAN we are completely smoke free indoors.</strong> However, we understand that some passengers want to smoke while traveling. To accommodate, San Diego International has eleven publicly available designated smoking areas near the terminals.
At SAN, smoking is permitted only inside of our designated areas.
Section 7.03 of the Airport Authority Code
and Section 2.2 of the Rules and Regulations
require that passengers and employees smoke only in designated areas as they are located at least 25 feet from any facility entrance and have urns to help prevent cigarette butt pollution.
The Airport Arts Program's 2019 temporary exhibition, Forces of Nature, is now on full display, featuring artwork and collections that highlight San Diego's unique natural landscape.
In May, the Airport Authority opened 20 new electric vehicle parking spaces in our employee lot.
The new chargers were installed through SDG&E's Power Your Drive
program to bring electric vehicle charging to our 9,400 employees and to help encourage the switch to electric vehicles in the San Diego region. The Airport Authority is proud to host these ChargePoint Level 2 charging stations and looking forward to our continued partnership with SDG&E that will operate and maintain the charging stations over the next ten years.
What's up with San Diego's new Styrofoam and single use plastics rule?
San Diego's Polystyrene Foam and Single Use Plastics Ordinance
took effect on February 23rd
, 2019 in an effort to help San Diego reach its Zero Waste goals and to prevent pollution. The Airport Authority responded by working with our concessions to ensure they understood the new regulation and to assist in any necessary actions. We are proud to say that our concessions now:
From Food Waste to Compost: Organics at SAN
Here at San Diego International we believe in the 5 Rs of Zero Waste: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot, and Rethink. We look for creative ways to manage the waste that comes with running a large facility. One of the ways we reduce the amount of material we send to the landfill is through composting (the "Rot" of the 5 Rs)!
#B2UbyH2O & Water Stewardship at SAN
San Diego is known as America's finest city. There's a lot that we think, makes our region great. We're one of the nation's top tourist destinations, we make world class products, we lead the nation in small farms, and we're a hub for coffee and beer!
At SAN, we believe in the triple bottom line of sustainability—measuring our impact with social, environmental, and economic yardsticks. We are committed to building an enduring and resilient enterprise by effectively managing our social, environmental, and financial risks, obligations, and opportunities.
Have you had a chance to park at SAN's new Terminal 2 Parking Plaza
yet? It opened in May 2018—ahead of schedule and under budget, and offers convenient, close-in parking for our customers!
At SAN, our main goal is to ensure passengers get from Point A to Point B as quickly, comfortably and efficiently as possible. Did you know that at any given time there are close to 9,000 employees working at the airport to achieve that goal? Lots of people and busy operations mean we can produce large amounts of waste, especially things like broken electronics, burned-out light bulbs, or old batteries.
The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority strives to be a good neighbor to surrounding communities. One way we choose to give back is by hosting two clean-ups a year at Spanish Landing Park — just across the street from us!
Time flies here at SAN! This summer marks the completion of the first year of the SAN Green Concessions Program
—a voluntary awards and recognition program designed to help our food and beverage and retail shops implement sustainable business practices.
Airport Authority employees, families, and friends, GO Outside for monthly Wellness Hiking Group!
San Diego is known for its great outdoors and sunny weather. From beaches and parks to deserts and mountains, our region has plenty of outdoor spaces to offer if you want to GO Outside!
San Diego International Airport (SAN) demonstrated a deep commitment to financial, social, and environmental responsibility last year. Our efforts are highlighted in our annual Sustainability Report ""Aviation Matters: A Sustainability Report for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority."" The report hit the street in June and highlights our past year's activities and accomplishments in our five strategic areas of focus: Community, Customer, Employee, Financial, and Operational.
The Quieter Home program, the Airport Authority's residential sound insulation program, has surpassed a major milestone, having made improvements to more than 3,500 homes since the program began in 2001.
Traveling with your furry friend can be fun and comforting! Pets make great travel buddies, but what do you do when they have to GO?
Have you visited SAN lately and noticed the construction?
Pardon our dust while we improve your airport! The Airport Authority is currently involved in two large capital improvement projects expected to improve your experience at SAN. By summer, you'll be able to park in the new Terminal 2 Parking Plaza and travel in-style through our new international arrivals facility. What does this new infrastructure have in common? For one, both are green buildings!
It's a new year and the time is right to make some small changes to live a greener, more sustainable life! Here at the airport, we take sustainability seriously. Below are some tips we have for our community on how to GO Green!
Did you know that San Diego International Airport is one of the greenest airports in the world? We take sustainability seriously by committing ourselves to waste reduction and recovery, biodiversity, enhanced air quality and reduced emissions, and many more environmental initiatives. Ever wonder how we walk the walk?
Eat, drink, save and be merry! Join SAN as we celebrate Oktoberfest in terminals--GOing On now until October 3rd
! Check out the Airport's promotions, food and drink specials, and beer garden!
In July, the airport launched its latest Sustainability Report
on sustain.san.org, sharing financial, social, and environmental activities and accomplishments from 2016. Dedicated to being a good community partner, the airport shows its commitment through volunteer work, the creation of opportunities for small and local businesses, continuing to grow air service, and even finding sustainable ways for travelers to access the airport.
Imagine as a passenger you stroll through the terminals looking for an environmentally-friendly business to eat or shop at. You spot a green concession sign, walk into a storefront, and find efficient appliances, healthier products, and ease of mind knowing you made a greener choice that day. Now that can be reality while traveling through SAN!
At San Diego International Airport (SAN), we are committed to sustainability and to helping you reduce your environmental footprint.
When arriving at SAN, one of the first things people notice are our beautiful palm trees. We have over 600 of them – a mix of Queen, Medium Fan, Mexican Fan and Date – on the airport's grounds. And while we are delighted that the palms have become visually synonymous with a warm and wonderful San Diego vacation – there is more to these lanky and lush plants than meets the eye
From printing boarding passes to checking baggage to clearing security to locating the departure gate – air travel can require many steps. And all of that has to happen before you even get on the plane. It's no wonder that sometimes people forget or misplace a belonging (or two) along the way.
You ever wish for a time machine? Something that would pause the relentless march of the seconds and the minutes and the hours? Just so you can ... breathe?
People rushing through the airport on the way to any of our 50+ nonstop destinations often overlook a team of unsung (and un-paid) heroes—a group of volunteers in green polos, armed with a wealth of knowledge to help you get from A to B, and the heart to match.
The old saying "home is where the heart is" holds meaning for a lot of people. But for members of the U.S. military, those words take on even more significance. This is especially true around the holidays.
International Airport, but now, that opportunity welcomes and awaits you in Terminal 2 West.
The Thanksgiving holiday travel period, according to AAA
, is expected to be the busiest it's been in nearly a decade. And San Diego is projected to be one of the most popular travel destinations. An average of 60,000 people a day are expected to pass through San Diego International Airport (SAN) over the Thanksgiving holiday and that number is expected to grow to 65,000 between Christmas and New Year's Day.
Goodbyes are rarely easy
But when your sendoff includes: cake, a plane full of friends and family and a familiar face sitting next to you in the cockpit -- they can be a lot of fun. This was the scenario on July 12, when after 21 years of service, Southwest Airlines Captain Phil Scher piloted his final flight for the airline.
The Customer Service department has partnered with the Autism Tree Project Foundation (ATPF), TSA and JetBlue to create "Blue Horizons for Autism."
What images are conjured up when you think of your ideal Zen moment? Your first thought might not be San Diego "Today is an exciting day for all golf aficionados, foodies, and passengers alike! It is the highly anticipated grand opening of the PGA Tour Grill, the stunning sit-down eatery in Terminal 2 West, located just east of the security checkpoint and across from Stone Brewing Co.
Anyone driving west on Harbor Drive these days would have spied the huge mural on the side of our Commuter Terminal.
Your bags are packed, your car is parked, you have cleared security and you can see your departure gate. So why is your heart pounding? Rushing around can cause stress even when doing something exciting like going on vacation.
"My car won't start." "I don't have enough gas to drive to the parking lot." "I am searching for Pok√©mon Go characters." When it comes to reasons for wanting to linger curbside, SAN's 47 Airport Traffic Officers have heard just about everything. And while the primary responsibility of the airport's traffic officers, many of whom have been on the job for over a decade, is to keep traffic moving (even if the dog ate your homework, you still have to load or unload as quickly as possible), they want to achieve that goal while making your experience at SAN safe, secure and pleasant.