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CELEBRATING SAN'S RICH HISTORY

For the past 90 years, our airport has served as the front door to the San Diego region. What started as a small, muddy airfield by San Diego Bay has grown into a major international airport that serves 22 million passengers a year and has established itself as a major economic engine – a portal for prosperity that enhances our quality of life.

1927


LINDBERGH'S LAUNCH

At just 25 years old, Charles A. Lindbergh completes the first solo, transatlantic flight from New York to Paris, taking off from Dutch Flat in San Diego. His plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, was built in San Diego by Ryan Airlines.

1928


FANTASTIC FLYOVER

San Diego Municipal Airport at Lindbergh Field opened for business on 125 acres with a granite runway 2,500 feet long and 500 feet wide. The August 16, 1928 dedication featured a 222-plane flyover.

1935


RYAN AERONAUTICS

Ryan Aeronautical company constructs the first terminal building on Pacific Highway. it houses a weather station, cafe, airline ticket counters, and the Ryan School of Aeronautics.

1944


RUNWAY UNDERWAY

Progress on the construction of the airport's runway.

1964


PASSENGER LOADING ZONE

The passenger drop-off point at San Diego International Airport in 1964.

1968


FLYING THE FRIENDLY SKIES

Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) completes its administrative and maintenance facility at San Diego International Airport. PSA honed a reputation for friendly service and fashionable flight attendants.

1979


EXPANDING WEST

On April 18, 1979, the West Terminal (now called Terminal 2) was opened.

1998


TERMINAL 2 GROWS

A 300,000 square-foot expansion of Terminal 2 is completed.

2013


GREEN BUILD LEEDS THE WAY

The expansion of Terminal 2 West and airport roadway improvements, known as "The Green Build" is completed. it becomes the worlds first LEED platinum-certified commercial airport terminal.

2018


INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS AND PARKING IMPROVEMENTS

We plan to take the wraps off the new 3,000-space Terminal 2 Parking Plaza in May, and shortly after, a new international arrivals (Customs) facility featuring the latest technologies is scheduled to open in July.