Spring Break is right around the corner and San Diego International Airport (SAN) wants to ensure passengers are prepared for their trip. Construction is in full bloom as work continues with the New T1 so it’s important that travelers plan ahead. Here are some tips to ensure a safe and seamless journey.
Start dreaming: SAN has more than 70 nonstop destinations available on 16 airlines. Visit san.org for some travel inspiration before booking a flight. Some popular Spring Break destinations accessible from San Diego include:
- Hawaii – nonstop flights available on Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, and Southwest Airlines. Destinations include Honolulu, Kauai, Lihue, and Maui.
- Mexico– nonstop flights available on Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines. Destinations include Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and San Jose/Cabo.
- Florida – nonstop flights available on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and JetBlue Airways. Destinations include Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Orlando.
- California – nonstop flights available on Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and Southwest Airlines. Destinations include Los Angeles, Monterey, San Francisco, and Santa Barbara.
- Louisiana – nonstop flights to New Orleans available on Southwest Airlines.
- Nevada– nonstop flights available on Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Spirit Airlines. Destinations include Las Vegas and Reno.
- Texas – nonstop flights available on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines. Destinations include Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, and San Antonio.
- England – nonstop flights to London available on British Airways.
- Canada – nonstop flights to Montréal, Québec available on Air Canada.
Do pre-trip research: Check with the airline and travel destination for any special requirements or information before the trip. Travelers should have a clear understanding of state, local, and territorial government travel restrictions.
Secure your spot – make parking reservations: Anyone planning to park at the airport should make reservations in advance. Reservations can be made for the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza or curbside valet. Visit reservations.san.org/SanDiegoBooking/.
Don’t cut it close: Expect traffic congestion due to construction. Plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight. Busiest times curbside are 4 a.m. to 6:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. View current construction impacts at NewT1.com.
Fly before your flight: The San Diego Flyer is a free shuttle bus service between the Old Town Transit Station and SAN. The electric shuttle buses operate seven days a week, with an average arrival time of every 20 to 30 minutes. Pick up and drop-offs are timed to meet the first and last Trolley, Coasters, Amtrak trains, and MTS busses with the first pick up at 4:45 a.m. and the last pick up/drop off at 12:30 a.m.
Please excuse our dust: Whether dropping off or picking up passengers, please follow construction signage and stay within marked lanes. Be alert and ensure car doors and personal belongings are not blocking other drivers and passengers. Lastly, follow the directions of Airport Traffic Officers – they are there to ensure the safety of everyone at the airport.
Once at the airport, sit back and shop, dine, and relax: Shops and restaurants inside the terminals are open to provide travel necessities, meals, snacks, and more. Visit san.org/Shop-Dine-Relax for hours and locations of SAN concessionaires.
The waiting game: Picking up? Avoid circling! The Cell Phone Lot in the Terminal 2 West Parking Lot on McCain Road is the perfect place to wait for your party.
ABOUT SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (SAN)
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 a new 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 newt1.com. For more information about SAN please visit san.org.