With a record cold snap canceling or delaying flights and stranding travelers across much of the country, San Diego International Airport is trying to make things as easy as possible for those planning to travel this season.
Airport officials offered the following holiday travel advice:
— Don’t cut it close. Plan to arrive two hours before flight departure for domestic and international flights.
— Due to the construction of Terminal 1, expect traffic and changes on the airport roads especially during the peak hours of 4:00 am to 6:15 am, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 8:00 pm to midnight.
— Peak check-in hours at airport checkpoints are 5-7am and 4-6pm With holiday delays, passengers could see wait times of up to an hour.
— Free shuttle buses run 24 hours between the Car Rental Center and the airport terminals.
— Parking is limited and the Terminal 1 parking lot is permanently closed, so reservations are strongly recommended.
— The Terminal Loop Shuttle efficiently transports passengers between the two terminals.
— Curbside pickup is available every 10 minutes.
— To get to the airport, take the Coaster to the Santa Fe Depot Train Station downtown or take the MTS trolley to the Old Town station.
— MTS Route 992 stops at Terminals 1 and 2 from 5 a.m. to midnight, every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends and holidays.
— Taxi, Lyft, Uber, shuttle, or other commercial transportation options allowed by the airport are great ways to get to and from SAN.
— Use the cell phone lot in the Terminal 2 West parking lot on McCain Street when picking someone up. It’s a great way to avoid circling the airport and further congesting the terminal roads. The cell phone section is free and a convenient place to receive arriving passengers.
Owned and operated by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, SAN is one of the busiest single-runway commercial service airports in the world and the third busiest airport in California.
In November 2021, the Airport Authority began construction of the New Terminal 1, which includes the replacement of the current terminal, improvements to the airport, improved transport connectivity to the airport and a new administrative building.
–City News Service