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5.6 out of 10  5.6 out of 10
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SAN DIEGO AIRPORT customer review :  8 April 2014 by H Castle    (USA)

Rating : 10/10





Recently traveled through San Diego Lindbergh Field and the newly renovated and expanded Terminal 2 West. In addition to the added gates, the new restaurants, bars and Sunset Cove area deserve special mention. The new security area was large and easy to traverse with almost no waiting. There's a new, elevated departures drop off zone which is very convenient. Improvements to Terminal 1 are being designed. Short of a new airport, they've done a nice job.

SAN DIEGO AIRPORT customer review :  14 November 2012 by R Adey    (UK)

Rating : 3/10





Apparently upgraded recently to international airport and just not up to it. Facilities poor but not as poor as quality and competence of check in and gate staff who appear to be let down by their systems. Not a great advert for what San Diegans call the 'Greatest City in the USA'. If we went back there would seriously consider flying into LAX and driving down.

SAN DIEGO AIRPORT customer review :  6 June 2012 by S Wyatt    (USA)

Rating : 5/10





Security was quick and the walk to the gate is very short. However, the airport is poorly designed. The gates are very crowded with little or no seating areas. The gate areas are not designed to handle the capacity of today's travel capacity. The gate areas are very dirty with trash everywhere. The airport is badly in need of a redesign and expansion.

SAN DIEGO AIRPORT customer review :  24 November 2011 by Kevin Tunnicliffe    (UK)

Rating : 6/10





Flew into T2 on BA. Terminal very quiet and we were through immigration in about 10 mins after leaving the plane. Baggage on the carousel within a further 10 mins. Passengers are then made to stand in line and have their hand and checked bags x-rayed and themselves scanned before being allowed to leave. Big queues by then as another flight had come in. What a shabby way to treat passengers.

SAN DIEGO AIRPORT customer review :  16 September 2011 by J Powell   (USA)

Customer Rating :  4/5

4 Star Rating   






SAN is very easy to get to your plane, whatever time it is. I'm travel through this airport few times a year. The airport practically has to stop in order for British Airways B772ER to takeoff due to very small taxiways. Never had any problems with this airport. I agree T1 should be replaced soon.

SAN DIEGO AIRPORT customer review :  28 August 2011 by M Rogers   (USA)

Customer Rating :  3/5

3 Star Rating   






Like many airports that have expanded in fits and starts over the years, SAN is broken up between 3 terminals, terminals one and two, and the commuter terminal for short flights to Los Angeles. Terminal one is a bit older and cramped, especially if you go in the morning rush, or fly on Southwest. Terminal two is a bit nicer, but currently undergoing expansion construction until 2013-2014. Parking is via shuttle, and you have several choices between private and operators associated with the airport. The big plus is that the airport is located 5-10 minutes from downtown.

SAN DIEGO AIRPORT review :31 December 2008 : by C Mein

Customer Rating : 2/5

2 Star Rating

SAN airport is the most poorly designed airport. I live here and have to use that airport weekly, which gives me the right to say this airport stinks. Terminal 1 is way too small, sometimes so small that when Southwest has long check in lines you can't determine what is the check-in line versus the security line. The other thing is how long it takes to get your bags. I have no idea how places like DFW, JFK, and even O'Hare can have bags on the baggage claim carousels within 15 minutes of getting off of the plane but at SAN it takes an average of 25-30 minutes, minimum - what the heck are they doing?

SAN DIEGO AIRPORT review :15 August 2008 : by Oliver Braddick

Customer Rating : 3/5

3 Star Rating

As others have commented, SAN is a comfortably sized airport with a somewhat irritating need to go up, over a bridge, and down again to get from the baggage carousels to the shuttle buses. However, a special warning to international travellers. We came in on the new Zoom service from London (8 hrs late, but that's another story). The immigration staff at SAN have clearly not yet learned to handle the demands of diverse international passengers. We were on J-1 (exchange visitor) visas - not uncommon you would think for a city with a major international university and numerous high-tech research institutes. The officers appeared completely unfamiliar with this - we were asked if we were students (aged 60+!) sent off for secondary questioning, returned, waited while a second officer sought guidance from superiors on where to stamp the form.., at least 1/2 hour to our wait time. Another young man coming in on a student visa got similar treatment. I was also struck that the flight crew, who have a dedicated desk and in my experience usually walk straight through immigration, were waiting in line up to 40 minutes. Next time we'll return to the madhouse of LAX where at least they know what they're doing.

San Diego Airport review by N Prestage

3 June 2008  Customer Rating : 4 Star Rating

Arrived via AA. Terminal easy to negotiate but it would sure be nice if AA would advise its passengers as to which baggage carousel would be used. Because of SAN weather being pretty much VFR all the time, flights are pretty much on time, even though there is only one runway. Rental car shuttle vans are a bit of a walk, but once you're in your car, its a breeze getting into SAN downtown, or onto I-5 or I-15 freeways. Great for cruise passengers, as you can actually see the cruise ship (s) right outside baggage. AA has a small Admiral's Club with computer terminals and printers if needed.

San Diego Airport review by Samir Akhavan

23 April 2008  Customer Rating : 1 Star Rating

Just travelled through SAN on my way to PHX. Terminal one must have been designed by a fool who has never been through an airport and has no regard for the needs of passengers. You have to use a sky bridge to get in and out, and the terminal must still have the same look and design as when originally opened. Avoid this airport - at least terminal one - at all costs.

San Diego Airport review by Geoff Maguire

4 October 2007  Customer Rating : 2 Star Rating

SAN is a hogde podge of up and down stairs evolutions. Access and egress with baggage is a pain. It has only one runway and is frequently affected by weather. The old style tunnel like concourses are cramped and the airside concessions are wedged in. Security is also wedged in forming narrow bottlenecks and is subject to frequent delays and back ups The airport authority and the city has resisted moving the airport for years and relied on a never ending series of short term fixes which make the facility ever the more dysfunctional. Not a bad connection if your destination is San Diego downtown but miserable if you are going anywhere else in the region. For one of the nations favorite tourist destinations and a tech hub to have such a poor airport is really a shame. Free wireless sound good though.

San Diego Airport review by J Marshall

27 September 2007  Customer Rating : 5 Star Rating

Travelled through SAN in September and contrary to the last post the airport does have Wifi and what's more it's free! A real bonus. This is a great airport and will be my preferred gateway into Southern California from now on. I previously used LAX which is dire. SAN is fairly small and clean with a good selection of shops and eateries. Parking is convenient and I found no problem using the car hire shuttles. What's more it has the bonus of being right in downtown.

San Diego Airport review by Jeff Pug

10 October 2006   Customer Rating : n/a

I'm at SAN several times a year. My main issues are the fact that you have to upstairs for departures (a problem with heavy loads of luggage & the lack of elevators) or to get to any of the parking lots (doesn't make sense to go down to get luggage only to go back up to get to your car). Also the shuttle buses to the rental cars are a severe time- drain. The terminals are small enough that there should only be one pick-up point per terminal to speed things up (rather than 2 per terminal). Also for such a technologically advanced city like San Diego, not having WiFi in the terminals is a major sin.

San Diego Airport review by Joe Osborne

25 February 2005

San Diego airport is a joy to look out the window and convenient only if you arrange for someone to pick you up. Off airport rental cars are an extreme time sink, and on-airport (Hertz, Avis, National) not much better. Why someone would design an airport such that you have to go down the stairs to get your bags on arrival, go back up the stairs and then back down the stairs to cross over to parking or shuttles is beyond me. Lindberg Field was great until redesigned. If the airport wishes international traffic, I am not sure why, downtown in the current spagetti configuration makes no sense. Current proposals include a tunnel to a remote runway across the bay! Why not just build a proper airport and keep Linberg local. A long runway invites noise and a hub temptation that will hopefully die with Delta and United.

San Diego Airport  by Thomas Gomez

25 January 2005

Living in San Diego, I constantly use SAN. While Terminal 2, (1998 Expansion) is beautiful and open. The more cramped Terminal 2 (1978) and Terminal 1(1967) are not a joy to go to. After the demise of TWA and the move of Continental and Aeromexico, the first part of T1 is all Southwest which could use a face lift, bigger areas, and new lines. At the other end, the virtually empty T1 is only UAL, US Airways, and Alaska is not to bad. The whole plan should be to make older T1 & T2 just like the new T2 with better Security, Immigration and more gates. The commuter Terminal is now a desert and empty, with most regional jets at the gates. The runway had a chance to be expanded but the city planners, decided to put HOMES! at the end. We could of had an 1,000 to 2,000 feet of runway, a new terminal possibly, a expansion of the parking (a parking garage maybe), but we just had to have homes. We lost our only flight to Europe in October 2003, (Yup, BA left taking its memories of BCAL's 747/DC-10, and the othe DC-10s,744, and 777). But we have flights to Canada and Mexico, even though Mexico is 20 minutes away, with Tijuana's dirty crowded, yet longer runway. But the idea to move it to a floating airport in Pacific Beaches, or a military base of Miramar (since the Desert idea and BrownField (Dual National Mexico/US) are dumb ideas. We should just stay and renovate and revamp the area and airport.

San Diego Airport  by T Hutchins

27 July 2004

Much like the city of San Diego, the airport is small, comfortable and intimate. I agree with the previous posts that the sights when arriving are rather unique and breathtaking- the crystal blue waters of the bay, the sail boats, the city park, urban skyscrapers, deserts, and breaking surf. The airport is small, which makes it very quick to get in and out of. There is no need (except for security) to arrive early, you should be in and out in no time. The airport has two terminals- Terminal 1 is older and houses Southwest. Terminal 2 handles most of the international flights- there are non stops to London and other global destinations. Terminal 2 is much newer. It is beautiful. San Diego has done a great job with comfy chairs in waiting areas to dramatic public art. I especially like the sealife fountain in the dome. Dining in terminal 2 includes fabulous choices like Wolfgang Puck and Karl Straus. The old terminal has more limited options. San Diego is much nicer to fly into than crazy LAX or John Wayne. San Diego is also the perfect place for a Southern California vacation. I would recommend taking the Amtrak train from downtown or Solana Beach to Disneyland- the train runs along the beach for most of the ride.

San Diego Airport  by Iain Mottram

9 July 2004

I flew into and out of San Diego in the evening so I didn't see the throngs of people the previous chap mentioned. The food choices are limited and again, which seems to be a habit at US airports, were mostly closed at that time of the evening. It's extremely irritating to get to the airport and hope for a quick bite to eat and find everything closed. Terminal 2 is clean and comfortable but it's not that clear that you have to go upstairs for check in so navigating isn't that easy.

San Diego Airport  by David Friedman

6 January 2004

As I am at SAN about twice a year, I can tell that SAN is a wonderful airport. It's not too big and you have all the shops and restaurants, you have at all bibber airports. It has, in my opinion, the world's nicest approach as you fly almost through Downtown. By the way, there are some international flights to Mexico, Canada and London.

San Diego Airport  by M Hartt

20 October 2003

Unpleasant airport, too crowded and poorly marked/signed, nowhere near enough seating areas at gates, poor food choices, etc. It's great that Lindbergh is so close to downtown, it makes it very convenient, except that getting to the off-site rental car location also took forever somehow. I think what really did kill it was just that it was incredibly crowded and it made the airport feel hot and unpleasant. I think they'll build another airport in SAN sometime sooner or later, there have been numerous discussions about it, and I think that since they are basically out of land at Lindbergh, they'll find a way to build an airport out in the hot desert, a challenge because they have to avoid rather significant mountains.

San Diego Airport  by Christopher McMahon

8 October 2003

San Diego Lindbergh Field is a trip to land at. The runway is not long enough for intercontinental Jumbo jets. On approach (always from the east) the plane flies right next to downtown. Sit on the left if you want to see the workers in the office buildings up close! Just before landing you fly over some houses that are way close to the beginning of the runway. The terminal itself is completely outdated but the location is so convenient to the city that you never have to spend much time there. I don't think there are any international flights from San Diego except to Mexico.




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