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SAN Airport Terminal Guide

If you travel frequently, you are likely familiar with major airports across the United States. However, for individuals who may not be frequent fliers, navigating through a new airport can be challenging and sometimes frustrating. The San Diego International Airport is one of the larger airports in the nation, with three separate terminals.

Commuter Terminal – The Commuter Terminal is one of the smaller terminals at the San Diego Airport. This terminal is not directly connected to Terminal 1 and 2 and has its own parking lot, security, baggage claim and drop off loop. The airlines that fly from the San Diego Airport Commuter Terminal include:

  •       American Eagle (Los Angeles)
  •       Delta Connection (Los Angeles)
  •       Seaport Airlines
  •       SkyWest Airlines (Los Angeles)
  •       United Express (Los Angeles)

 Terminal 1 – In Terminal 1, travelers will find gates 1-18. At gates 3-10, visitors will be able to grab a quick bite to eat prior to their flight with choice from Quizno’s Subs, Pizza Uno, Artisan Café and Artisan Bar. At gates 11-18, there is a Peet’s Coffee, CPK ASAP and a Jet Box Market. If you have a lot of time to spend at the airport and are looking for a more formal dining option, make sure to stop and look at the pre-security selections. The airlines that fly from Terminal 1 include:

  •       Alaska Airlines (Horizon Airlines)
  •       Southwest Airlines
  •       United Airlines

Terminal 2 – Terminal two is broken into 2 categories, Terminal 2 East and Terminal 2 West. Be sure to check which section of Terminal 2 your flight departs from to ensure you are waiting at the correct gate. There are more restaurants in Terminal 2 with options including Starbucks, Nathan’s, Pizza Hut, Bloody Mary’s Bar, California Pizza Kitchen, Home Turf Bar, Cramer’s Deli and more. If you need to pick up any electronics or a newspaper or a magazine prior to your flight, there are newsstands scattered throughout the airport. The airlines that fly from Terminal 2 include:

  •       Air Canada
  •       Allegiant Air
  •       American Airlines
  •       British Airways
  •       Continental Airlines
  •       Delta Air Lines
  •       Delta Connection (Salt Lake City)
  •       Frontier Airlines
  •       Hawaiian Airlines (Terminal 2 East)
  •       Japan Airlines
  •       jetBlue Airways
  •       Spirit Airlines
  •       Sun Country Airlines
  •       United Airlines
  •       US Airways
  •       US Airways Express (Mesa Airlines)
  •       Virgin America
  •       Volaris
  •       WestJet

Important Information for Individuals Arriving at the San Diego Airport

If you are arriving at the San Diego Airport, there will be a large baggage claim area on the lower floor of the airport. Baggage claim at the San Diego Airport is usually prompt and efficient. If you need to rent a car, directly behind the baggage claim area between Terminals 1 and 2, there is a rental car kiosk that lists the nearby rental car locations. The San Diego Airport does not have any rental car companies on site so if you have made a prior reservation or are looking to book a rental car on the spot, you will need to use the courtesy phone at the kiosk to call your preferred company. They will then send a shuttle to pick you up and bring you to their nearby location. If you are simply looking for a taxi, there will be escalators behind baggage claim that lead to a sky bridge. At the end of the sky bridge, you will have choice from taxis or shuttles.

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