San Diego Airport Arrivals SAN

San Diego International Airport

PO Box 82776, San Diego,
CA 92138-2776, United States of America
Tel: +1 (0) 619 4002400

Airport Codes
IATA code: SAN

SAN Arrivals today

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San Diego (SAN) or San Diego Lindbergh Fld S.Diego Airport is one of the United States’ busiest airports. The airport is located roughly 3 miles away from San Diego City in California. It is managed by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. It has two terminals for all domestic and international San Diego arrivals. It is one of the major airports in the region.

San Diego airport passenger statistics

It has a 9,400 feet runway that helps the busiest commercial airport in managing operations smoothly. San Diego Airport handled more than 9,238,882 travelers in 2020 which is a big loss in San Diego flight arrivals because in 2019 there where almost 25 million passengers. The short usable landing area on the runway and proximity to San Diego’s skyscrapers make landing challenging for even the most experienced pilots.

Terminals San Diego Airport

There are two terminals. Terminal 1 has two concourses with 19 boarding gates. The second terminal (divided by west and east) also has two concourses and is the larger one of the two.

Terminal 1

  • Frontier
  • Southwest
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Sun Country Airlines

Terminal 2

  • Air Canada
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Allegiant Air
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Edelweiss
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Japan Airlines
  • JetBlue
  • Lufthansa
  • Swoop
  • United Airlines
  • Westjet
Terminal and parking map


On the road to recovery for San Diego airport arrivals

During the pre-covid days, Southwest, American Airlines, Delta, Alaska Airlines, United Airlines were the major operators. A total of 20-30 passenger airlines and about 5 cargo airlines offer SAN airport arrivals.

International routes

Many international travelers experience San Diego international airport arrivals from

These routes will be flown by:

  • Air Canada
  • WestJet
  • Lufthansa
  • Alaska
  • Sun Country
  • British Airways
  • Japan Airlines

Due to the pandemic, the number of San Diego flight arrivals has been adjusted downwards and some have been completely canceled.

Domestic routes

Most flights, especially now during the pandemic, are domestic SAN arrivals. There are flights go to all major but also smaller cities in the US. The routes with the most San Diego airport arrivals are

Most San Diego arrivals are with Southwest Airlines in addition to Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines, United and American. On average, the airport handled 465 daily flights during the good old pre-COVID19 era.

The corona-virus pandemic has impacted daily operations. San Diego has flights to destinations like:

Recently, Japan Airlines also resumed non-stop flights between San Diego International Airport and Narita International Airport that were on hold since the beginning of the pandemic. Travelers are advised to check San Diego arrivals list as flight schedules are subject to last-minute changes due to the pandemic.

Ground transportation
  • Train: COASTER and Amtrak Intercity offer routes from downtown San Diego to north like Los Angeles.
    Ride Share: Several rideshare companies operate in San Diego. There are designated places for a good pick up at the airport. When you come out of the baggage claim at terminal 1 you have to go through the Sky Bridge to the parking garage. The pick up will have to take place at the third lane area. From baggage claim at terminal 2 you will walk to the transportation plaza where the ride share will be waiting at the second lane on the right.
  • Taxis: there are several taxi agencies in San Diego. They are ready at the Transportation Plaza of both terminals.
  • Rental Car Center: this is a short 10-minute drive northeast of the airport. For car return, the drop off will be at the following address: 3355 Admiral Boland Way San Diego, CA 92101. Free shuttle buses run between this Center and the terminals. There are several car rental agencies available there such as Enterprise, Fox, National, ZipCar and Alamo.

Parking at terminal 1: it is closed for the construction of a new parking garage. So park at terminal 2 until then and follow the signs to walk to terminal 1.
Parking at terminal 2: park here until half an hour for $2.50. This slowly adds up to $32 for a 24 hour parking. There are EV charing stations.


There are no hotels directly on the San Diego Airport property. However, there are many options nearby who offer a shuttle service as well. We will recommend some of them:

Around Village of La Jolla:

  • La Valencia Hotel
  • Pantai Inn

Around Pacific Beach:

  • Pacific Terrace Hotel
  • Ocean Park Inn

Around San Diego Bay and downtown:

  • Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina
  • Humphreys Half Moon Inn
  • Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
  • Wyndham San Diego Bayside
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown
  • Loews Coronado Bay Resort
  • Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa
Modern technology helping in easing operations

Recently, the San Diego Airport was in the news due to an artificial-intelligence-based video analytics system deployed at the airport for monitoring various aspects. Deployed during the first week of March this year, the system helps in ensuring mask compliance. Besides offering people counting tools, the system assists in tracking patterns, identifying trends, tracking how travelers and passengers move in various spaces. The tool has proved to be promising when it comes to minimizing overcrowding, handling gates, seating areas, airport lounges, etc. This is especially helpful for travelers who have San Diego flight arrivals during busy times.

Self-checking procedures may vary from one airline to the other due to the pandemic. Passengers are advised to ensure they have San Diego airport arrivals two hours before the flight time in case of a domestic flight and roughly three hours before an international flight.

It is crucial to note that passengers traveling on specific routes need to get themselves tested at least 72 hours before the flight. Everyone needs to undergo standardized screening procedures while passing through various areas and adhere to any changes in the same. SAN, in association with Carbon Health, also offers a corona-virus test facility at the airport before departure and after SAN airport arrivals. Anyone can visit this facility in the valet parking area after getting an appointment.