SAN DIEGO – San Diego International Airport (SAN) is experiencing a significant increase in passenger numbers, with recent data indicating a rise in travelers passing through TSA checkpoints. In October, the airport recorded an additional 6,000 passengers compared to the same month in 2019, marking a post-pandemic milestone for traveler throughput.
The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority reported a year-on-year uptick of 3% in passenger traffic. This growth comes as the airport prepares for the busy Thanksgiving period, where daily aircraft movements are estimated to reach around 84,000 based on historical trends. With peak travel anticipated today and tomorrow before Thanksgiving, as well as the following Sunday and Monday, SAN is implementing strategies to manage the expected influx effectively.
Travelers (NYSE:TRV) are advised to navigate through the current challenges posed by the construction of the New Terminal 1 and its Parking Plaza, which is slated for completion by late 2024. The ongoing construction has resulted in traffic congestion and reduced parking availability. To mitigate these issues, the airport authority recommends passengers plan their trips carefully. Suggestions include arriving early, pre-booking parking spots, and utilizing complimentary electric shuttles or ride-share services to ensure a smoother travel experience during this high-demand season.