About San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority was created on January 1, 2003, as an independent agency to manage the day-to-day operations of San Diego International Airport (SAN) and address the region’s long-term air transportation needs.

The legislation that created the Airport Authority mandates three main responsibilities:

  • Operate San Diego International Airport
  • Plan for the future air transportation needs of the region
  • Serve as the region’s Airport Land Use Commis­sion and ensure the adoption of land-use plans that protect public health and safety surrounding all 16 of the county’s airports

The Airport Authority is governed by an appointed Board of nine voting members with three ad­ditional non-voting (ex-officio) members who represent all areas of San Diego County. Three members serve as the Executive Committee. The Board regularly convenes on matters connected to its state-mandated mission.

Several standing committees of the Board hold regular public meetings to address key policy areas and develop items for consideration by the full Board. The committees are:

  • Executive Committee
  • Executive Personnel and Compensation Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Capital Improvement Program Oversight Committee

Kimberly J. Becker, President/CEO, is responsible for management oversight of the Airport Authority, the annual budget and a staff of ap¬proximately 400 aviation professionals. Approximately half of the staff worked onsite during the pandemic, while the rest worked from home on a temporary basis. As of September 13, many of them have returned to the office, with some continuing to telecommute.

During the reporting period, there have been no significant changes regarding the size, structure or ownership of the Airport Authority or SAN.

Our Organizational Vision

Mastering the Art of Airports

Our Organizational Values

  • We recognize the needs of our customers come first.
  • We pursue excellence in all our business processes.
  • We conduct our affairs with honesty and integrity.
  • We provide a safe, secure, quality-oriented, highly efficient environment.
  • We foster an informed, productive, diverse, enthusiastic work force.
  • We believe that continuous learning and personal involvement are job responsibilities.
  • We believe that everyone counts and we count on everyone.

We are also committed to positively influencing the broader aviation industry. Airport Authority officials lead and participate in numerous committees and working groups for the Airports Council International – North America, American Association of Airport Executives, Gateway Airports Council, and the California Airports Council. Further, we have tried to align our goals and initiatives with others across the industry, whenever possible.

About San Diego International Airport

Since 1928, SAN has served the air transportation needs of the San Diego region. The airport’s total operation occupies 661 acres just two miles northwest of San Diego’s thriving downtown. Its location on Harbor Drive is roughly bounded by Pacific Highway to the east, Liberty Station to the west, Marine Corps Recruit Depot to the north, and San Diego Bay to the south. The airport has a single primary runway, which is 9,401 feet long and the airport’s catchment area includes a large swath of Southern California and extends into northern Mexico.

On average, pre-pandemic, approximately 68,000 passengers a day passed through the airport, which accommodated more than 600 daily arrivals and departures, the vast majority of which are for passenger service. Since COVID-19 hit the region in mid-March 2020, passenger numbers decreased significantly. In April 2020, at the height of the pandemic, passenger traffic was down as much as 97 percent over 2019. It took until March 2021 to see traffic begin to increase year over year, with June 2021 traffic for the month ending at 31 percent down over 2019 numbers.

With fewer passengers flying, airlines made cuts to routes and/or the frequency of flights they served. Pre-COVID-19, San Diego International Airport had nonstop service to 70 destinations worldwide. By end of May 2020, routes were down to 27 nonstop destinations. By June 2021, there was service to 71 nonstop destinations. This is because new leisure-focused domestic routes were added which supplanted some of the international service that was lost.

In fiscal year 2021, 16 passenger carriers and three cargo carriers served the airport, which has 51 gates for jet aircraft in Terminals 1 and 2. Southwest Airlines, the largest carrier, accounted for nearly 33 percent of the passenger volume.

In fiscal year 2021 overall, the airport offered nonstop service to 72 destinations, including:

  • Albuquerque, NM (ABQ)
  • Atlanta, GA (ATL)
  • Austin, TX (AUS)
  • Baltimore, MD (BWI)
  • Bellingham, WA (BLI)
  • Billings, MT (BIL)
  • Boise, ID (BOI)
  • Boston, MA (BOS)
  • Cancun, MX (CUN)
  • Charlotte, NC (CLT)
  • Chicago Midway, IL (MDW)
  • Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD)
  • Dallas Love, TX (DAL)
  • Dallas Ft Worth, TX (DFW)
  • Denver, CO (DEN)
  • Detroit, MI (DTW)
  • El Paso, TX (ELP)
  • Eugene, OR (EUG)
  • Everett, WA (PAE)
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)
  • Fresno, CA (FAT)
  • Honolulu, HI (HNL)
  • Houston Bush, TX (IAH)
  • Houston Hobby, TX (HOU)
  • Idaho Falls, ID (IDA)
  • Jackson Hole, WY (JAC)
  • Kahului, HI (OGG)
  • Kalispell-Glacier, MT (FCA)
  • Kansas City, MO (MCI)
  • Kona, HI (KOA)
  • Las Vegas, NV (LAS)
  • Lihue, HI (LIH)
  • Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
  • Medford, OR (MFR)
  • Miami, FL (MIA)
  • Minneapolis St Paul, MN (MSP)
  • Missoula, MT (MSO)
  • Monterey, CA (MRY)
  • Nashville, TN (BNA)
  • Newark, NJ (EWR)
  • New York City, NY (JFK)
  • Norfolk, VA (ORF)
  • Oakland, CA (OAK)
  • Orlando, FL (MCO)
  • Pasco, WA (PSC)
  • Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
  • Phoenix-Mesa, AZ (AZA)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor, AZ (PHX)
  • Portland, OR (PDX)
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PVR)
  • Redmond/Bend, OR (RDM)
  • Reno, NV (RNO)
  • Sacramento, CA (SMF)
  • St Louis, MO (STL)
  • Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)
  • San Antonio, TX (SAT)
  • San Francisco, CA (SFO)
  • San Jose, CA (SJC)
  • San Jose del Cabo, Mexico (SJD)
  • San Luis Obispo (SBP)
  • Santa Barbara, CA (SBA)
  • Santa Rosa, CA (STS)

Our Reporting

The Airport Authority has consulted the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) guidelines in the production of this report. The index lists the economic, environmental, and social criteria that the GRI guidelines suggest, as well as certain spe­cific criteria from the GRI Airport Operators Sector Supplement. The report was developed in accordance with the GRI “Core” standards and the presented data mostly covers the Calendar Year 2020 reporting period. However, some information is presented based on fiscal years to align with the relevant data’s native format. SAN releases updated sustainability reports on a yearly basis. Any changes or re-statements from previous reports are noted in the applicable data table. This Sustainability Report has not been externally assured.

Our Boundaries

The Airport Authority’s boundaries for the purposes of this Sustainability Report encompass the organiza­tion’s geographic jurisdiction (San Diego County) as determined by state law, as well as entities over which the Airport Authority exercises control or significant influence, both in and through its relationships with various entities. A summary of these boundaries fol­lows.


The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority exercises control over San Diego International Airport.

Significant Influence

The Airport Authority has significant influence over:

  • Airport Authority collective bargaining unit (union)
  • Airport retail tenants
  • Airport airline tenants
  • Airport cargo carrier tenants
  • Parking management service
  • Airport ground transportation service providers
  • Harbor Police Department
  • Aircraft rescue and firefighting/San Diego Fire-Rescue Department
  • On-site services (e.g., janitorial, security)
  • Contractor and consultant services (e.g., construction, engineering, environmental, maintenance)

For more information on the content of this report, please contact Brendan Reed, Airport Planning and Environmental Affairs Director, environmental@san.org.