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Hours of Operation

San Diego International Airport is open twenty-four hours a day; however, departures only occur without penalty between 6:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. With no departures overnight, gate areas are closed each night after the last arriving flights, about 11:45 p.m. (Terminal 1) and about 2 a.m. (Terminal 2). All guests must exit to the pre-security side of the airport at that time. Guests may re-populate the gate areas once the security checkpoints are opened (around 4:15 a.m.) Each airline has its own operating hours, but typically, airlines with morning flights will have ticket counters staffed by 4:30 a.m. for check-in.

For specific check-in information, please contact the airline you are flying directly. To contact the Airport or Airport Authority, please call 619.400.2404.

Security Assistance

Travelers who require special assistance should contact airlines ahead of time to request assistance in reaching airline-boarding gates. San Diego International Airport and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have implemented increased security for all airline passengers. These heightened security measures may result in longer waiting times to pass through security checkpoints.

Baggage Check and Claim

Baggage claim carousels are centrally located in each terminal. For assistance, contact the appropriate baggage claim office or airline ticket counter.

Eateries & Shops

The airport offers a variety of locally-owned and nationally known eateries and an exciting mix of shopping choices, including San Diego-based shops and national brand favorites. For information about operating hours and offerings, please visit our SHOP DINE & RELAX pages.