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San Diego International Airport Advises Passengers Coming to SAN to Anticipate Delays due to SB I-5 Closure September 8-11

Tips for Getting to the Airport

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

San Diego International Airport advises travelers heading to the airport the weekend of September 8-11 to anticipate traffic delays on southbound Interstate 5 (I-5).

All southbound traffic on I-5 will be rerouted to I-8 east for Caltrans road work. The closure will last from 9 p.m. on Friday, September 8, through 5 a.m. on Monday, September 11.

Drivers detoured to I-8 east should take SR-163 south and follow signs to the airport.

For those coming to the airport via surface streets south of I-8, one lane of southbound I-5 will remain accessible only from on-ramps south of I-8 for limited local and airport traffic.

San Diego International Airport offers the following tips to navigate to the airport during the I-5 closure:

  • Plan ahead: Please allow more than 2 hours before your flight departs to allow for potential traffic congestion and delays.
  • Try public transportation:  Take the airport’s free all-electric shuttle to the airport from the Old Town Transit Center, or use the MTS 992 bus from the Santa Fe Transit Sation.

Learn more here.


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 current 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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