San Diego County Regional Airport Authority's Sustainability Report For 2018-19


Welcome to the 2018-19 Sustainability Report for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. This report takes stock of the previous year’s accomplishments in terms of protecting the environment and conserving precious resources; how we’re serving as a trusted community partner, and how well we’re managing our finances and contributing to the regional economy.

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SAN's overall annual economic impact to the region was nearly $12 billion in 2018.

That’s about $2 billion more than a previous study found in 2013. The growth in economic impact is largely due to the airport’s increase in passenger traffic. In 2012, the airport accommodated nearly 17.3 million passengers, which grew to nearly 22 million in 2017 and 24 million in 2018.

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Airport Development Plan Making Strides

Record passenger growth for the past five years in a row has only heightened the need to replace Terminal 1, which was built more than five decades ago. In the year it opened, 1967, the terminal served about 2.5 million passengers. In 2018, it served 12 million.

Record Passenger Growth Reflects Strength of Region as Top Global Destination

SAN served 24 million passengers in 2018, a record-high total and a nearly 10 percent increase over the previous year. Of the 24 million passengers, more than 1 million were international passengers – a 19 percent increase over 2017.

San Diego International Airport Completes Two Major Projects to Improve Customer Experience

In the first half of 2018, two major capital developments opened at San Diego International Airport that greatly enhanced the passenger journey while strengthening the airport’s financial position.

SAN Lauded for Veteran Hiring Practices

The Veterans Fellowship and Military Internship programs help strengthen the airport’s ties to the community by investing in young, local talent.