Calendar Year 2016

Welcome to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority's Sustainability Report for 2016. This report generally highlights our activities and accomplishments in our five strategic areas of focus: Community, Customer, Employee, Financial, and Operational. The Airport Authority's annual Sustainability Report helps us better track, understand, and communicate our performance across a variety of economic, social, and environmental topic areas. As before, we have used the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI G4) as a tool to guide the report's development. Our previous report covering calendar years 2014-2015 can be found here.



Each year at about this time, we take a hard look at ourselves as an airport. We examine what we do, how we do it, and why we do it. The result is our annual Sustainability Report.

At San Diego International Airport (SAN), we've defined sustainability as "building an enduring and resilient enterprise by effectively managing our financial, social and environmental risks, obligations and opportunities."

How do we do that? We start with the concept of a "triple bottom line" using financial, social and environmental yardsticks. All three of those are mission critical.

SAN's financial strategy serves as the bedrock for all that we do at the Airport Authority. We are committed to a Plan of Finance that is flexible, nimble and able to proactively address future changes in the aviation industry and in the overall economy.

However, you just can't ignore that SAN occupies 661 acres of sensitive waterfront property; and is a major consumer of water and energy. We work hard to preserve and protect our immediate environment. Does that sound easier said than done? Maybe. And yet, we don't back down from a challenge.

The "social" part of our sustainability definition focuses on people. Airports are known as places where families come together. Because of the nature of the work we do – involving long hours and overlapping shifts – our 406 employees make up a family all their own. Everyone counts, and we count on everyone. At the same time, we're shoulder-to-shoulder with some of San Diego's oldest neighborhoods. That means we have to be community-minded and a good neighbor at all times.

In the final analysis, we don't operate in a vacuum. We move large numbers of people and products and, in doing so, have become one of the foremost economic drivers in San Diego County, generating approximately $10 billion in annual economic impact.

We invite you to read this report with a critical eye. Be honest. We know there are challenges ahead. Let us know how we’re doing.

Board Chairman

April Boling


Kimberly J. Becker

GRI Index

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is an international, independent organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others.

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Stakeholders, Materiality & More

The airport’s stakeholders are diverse and varied, ranging from residents to local government to other transportation agencies to business leaders. We engage with these stakeholders in many different ways and regularly confer and collaborate with them, including the development of this Sustainability Report.

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Performance Tables & Charts

Data is at the heart of the Sustainability Report. Each category aligns with the GRI Index to provide clear, transparent reporting.

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General Standard Disclosures

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority was created on January 1, 2003, as a single, 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.

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