San Diego’s Airport Dabbles in Post-COVID Growth

San Diego's Airport Dabbles in Post-COVID Growth
Ken Lund from Reno, Nevada, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

San Diego’s airport is beginning to dabble in post-COVID growth as it begins to meet 2019 levels and creep just over that, with the Summer season being important for this.

Using data from, the 7-day movement statistics average is beginning to point itself in the right direction.

Without further ado, let’s get into the numbers…

The Numbers…

San Diego's Airport Dabbles in Post-COVID Growth
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For March 26-April 2, the airport handled 621 movements, which represents an increase of 14.79% compared to the same period last year.

This figure is just five movements short of leveling with 2019 levels, highlighting how close San Diego is still to growing away from the pandemic.

Below is the data for the airport in 2023 so far:

Date2019 Numbers2022 Numbers2023 NumbersPercentage Difference (2023 vs. 2022)
January 1-8546 movements446 movements559 movements+25.34%
January 8-15569 movements440 movements533 movements+21.14%
January 15-22564 movements472 movements553 movements+17.16%
January 22-29574 movements484 movements582 movements+20.25%
February 5-12553 movements497 movements582 movements+17.10%
February 12-19593 movements511 movements590 movements+15.46%
February 19-26611 movements504 movements581 movements+15.28%
February 26-March 5614 movements491 movements599 movements+22.00%
March 5-12615 movements513 movements606 movements+18.13%
March 12-19604 movements545 movements600 movements+10.09%
March 19-26586 movements551 movements612 movements+11.07%

What the data shows is that San Diego Airport is dabbling in and out of pre-COVID levels, with the leap into exceeding the benchmark expected to take place over the course of the Summer 2023 season.

More Movements on the Way for San Diego…

Dirk from San Diego, USA, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

There will be more movements on the way for the airport following an announcement made by Alaska Airlines back in February.

Alaska Airlines announced plans to bolster its coast-to-coast San Diego flights non-stop, expanding its connectivity around the U.S.

The airline will be adding the following flights as per its press release:

Start DateCity PairDepartsArrivesFrequencyAircraft
June 15, 2023San Diego-Washington, D.C.8:00 a.m.4:10 p.m. Daily737-9
June 15, 2023Washington, D.C.- San Diego10:15 a.m.12:30 p.m.Daily737-9
Oct. 5, 2023San Diego- Tampa8:40 a.m.4:25 p.m.Daily737-9
Oct. 5, 2023Tampa- San Diego5:30 p.m.7:40 p.m.Daily737-9
June 15, 2023San Diego- Eugene, Oregon2:30 p.m.4:50 p.m.DailyE175
June 15, 2023Eugene, Oregon- San Diego11:30 a.m.1:50 p.m.DailyE175

Commenting on the news was Neil Thwaites, Alaska Airlines’ Regional Vice President of California:

“Our guests in San Diego asked for more nonstops to the East Coast, and we’re excited to add service to both the nation’s capital and to Florida’s vibrant Gulf Coast”.

“With convenient daytime schedules, award-winning service, and a premium product offering, guests will arrive refreshed and ready to go.”

It remains clear that with this in mind, this is an example of how the airport will be able to transition into an organization that is exceeding pre-pandemic levels.

By James Field - Editor in Chief 4 Min Read
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