San Diego Airports
San Diego has two major international airports entirely or extending into its city limits:
San Diego International Airport, also known as Lindbergh International Airport or Lindbergh Field, is the primary commercial airport serving San Diego. It is the busiest single-runway airport in the United States, and is the third busiest single-runway airport in the world, only behind London Gatwick and Mumbai. It serves over 20 million passengers every year, and is located on San Diego Bay three miles (4.8 km) from downtown. There are scheduled flights to the rest of the United States, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Germany, and Switzerland. It serves as a focus city for Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines. Voters rejected a proposal to move the airport to Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in November 2006.
Since December 9, 2015, the Cross-Border Xpress terminal in Otay Mesa has given direct access to Tijuana International Airport, with passengers walking across the U.S.–Mexico border on a footbridge to catch their flight on the Mexican side. It is the only airport in the world with terminals located on the territory of two countries.
Another airport is the Palomar Airport in North County San Diego. Flights go to Sacramento by California Pacific Airlines, Fly Catalina to San Diego International and Catalina, and Cal Jet will start operating to Las Vegas on September 28.
Other airports include Brown Field Municipal Airport (Brown Field) and Montgomery Field.
In this article however, we shall only be focusing on San Diego International Airport. The airport, (whose IATA airport code is SAN) which was formerly known as Lindbergh Field, is an international airport 3 mi northwest of Downtown San Diego, California, United States. It is owned and operated by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. San Diego International Airport covers 663 acres of land.
In 2015, traffic at San Diego International exceeded 20 million passengers, serving more than 500 scheduled operations carrying about 50,000 passengers each day. While primarily serving domestic traffic, San Diego has nonstop international flights to Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, France, and the United Kingdom.
San Diego is the largest metropolitan area in the United States that is not an airline hub or secondary hub; however, San Diego is a focus city for Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines. The top five carriers in San Diego during 2015, by seat capacity, were Southwest Airlines (42.7%), American Airlines (14.0%), United Airlines (11.2%), Alaska Airlines (10.1%), and Delta Air Lines (9.9%).
San Diego International is the busiest single runway airport in the United States and third-busiest single runway in the world, behind Mumbai and London Gatwick. Due to the short usable length of the runway, proximity to the skyscrapers of Downtown San Diego, and steep landing approach as a result of the nearby Peninsular Ranges, SAN has been called “the busiest, most difficult single runway in the world.” SAN operates in controlled airspace served by the Southern California TRACON, which is some of the busiest airspace in the world.