San Diego’s passenger numbers hit new monthly high
Passenger numbers at San Diego International Airport (SAN) broke the two million a month barrier in June for the first time December 2019.
The milestone also marks the closest the airport has come to reaching pre-pandemic passenger numbers as June reached 90.5% of 2019’s traffic levels.
“SAN has seen a steady increase in passenger numbers as demand for summer travel continues,” enthused Kimberly Becker, president and CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.
“Reaching more than two million passengers is a milestone we can celebrate as our region continues to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The total was 30.2% up on June 2021, the greatest number of people during the month being served on Sunday, June 26, when more than 82,000 passengers passing through SAN’s facilities.
The increase in passengers can be attributed in part to an increase in available non-stop flights to domestic and international destinations.
In June 2022, SAN offered 75 non-stop destinations, eight more routes than in June 2021. In addition, when compared to June 2019, Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines have increased the number of flights offered from SAN to 10 key destinations.
The latest figures mean that the Californian gateway handled more than 10 million passengers in the first half of 2022 – 72.8% more than in the corresponding period a year ago.