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San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Announces Winners of the 2021 Fly Quiet Awards

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (Airport Authority) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Fly Quiet Awards, which recognizes airlines for their efforts to reduce noise during arrivals and departures at San Diego International Airport (SAN).

Three airlines are being recognized for their efforts, Southwest Airlines in the large domestic carrier category, Spirit Airlines in the small domestic carrier category, and FedEx Express in the air cargo carrier category. Each of these airlines had no curfew violations and their increased utilization of quieter next-generation aircraft. The international carrier category was excluded due to COVID-related service suspensions.

“2021 was a challenging year for airlines, and despite those challenges Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and FedEx Express all managed to achieve no curfew violations while optimizing their fleet to operate quieter more efficient aircraft at SAN,” said Kimberly Becker, Airport Authority President & CEO. “I would like to thank each of these airlines for their commitment to our community and congratulate them on their Fly Quiet awards.”

The Airport Authority, in collaboration with the Airport Noise Advisory Committee (ANAC), introduced the Fly Quiet Program in 2017 to encourage airlines to work collaboratively with the airport and the community to operate as quietly as possible in the San Diego area.

Achieving the Fly Quiet Award recognizes that airlines have made an effort to balance their operational needs with those of the community. The Fly Quiet Program uses a scoring system based on specific, scientific metrics that measure how quietly they operate, such as the types of aircraft they use, how loud those aircraft are, and their adherence to SAN’s curfew which prohibits departures between 11:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.

For more information about SAN’s Fly Quiet Program and to learn about other ways in which SAN is working with airlines and the community to reduce noise, please visit


Owned and operated by San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (Airport Authority), San Diego International Airport (SAN) is one of the busiest single-runway commercial service airports in the world and the third-busiest airport in California. SAN contributes nearly $12 billion in economic activity for the region by connecting the world to San Diego and San Diego to the world. In November 2021, the Airport Authority began construction on the New T1 which includes the replacement of the existing Terminal 1, improvements to the airfield, improved transportation connectivity to the airport, and a new administration building. The New T1 program’s total project budget is $3.4 billion and is estimated to create between 15,000 to 20,000 construction-related jobs. For more information about the New T1 please visit For more information about SAN please visit


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