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San Diego International Airport breaks international passenger record for second consecutive year

Annual overall passenger numbers continue to increase; 2013 saw highest number since 2008

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

SAN DIEGO – January 28, 2014 – International passenger traffic at San Diego International Airport (SDIA) set a record in 2013 for the second consecutive year, increasing 21.5 percent over 2012 with 627,596 total international passengers served. In addition, total passenger traffic at SDIA in 2013 reached its highest level since 2008, with 17,710,241 passengers served. That represents a 2.7 percent increase compared to 2012.

In 2013, airlines serving the airport carried passengers to and from 47 domestic and eight international nonstop destinations. The international passenger record was driven by nonstop service between San Diego and Tokyo (Japan Airlines), London (British Airways), Cabo San Lucas (Alaska Airlines, Spirit Airlines), Mexico City (Volaris), Calgary (WestJet), and Toronto (Air Canada).

Last year was the first full year the Global Entry system was in place at SDIA, further enhancing international service at the airport. Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program allowing expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the U.S.

 Beyond passenger numbers, air cargo operators carried 162,353 tons of cargo and mail to and from SDIA in 2013, a 4.3 percent increase over the previous year.  The number of flight operations showed a slight increase of 0.9 percent for the year to 187,935; an average of just under 515 operations a day.

A detailed report of SDIA air traffic statistics can be downloaded from the airport’s website at: