San Diego International Airport expecting a busy Thanksgiving

For the first time, air travel is likely to to exceed pre-pandemic numbers.

Getting to Terminal 1 at San Diego International Airport.

If you’re heading to SAN, expect it to be busy.

Photo via @r4_g9_naru

Thanksgiving is this Thursday, Nov. 23, and AAA estimates 4.69 million Americans will be flying for the holiday (Wednesday, Nov. 22-Sunday, Nov. 26). This would be the greatest number of Thanksgiving fliers since 2005, and the first time air travel will exceed pre-pandemic numbers.

If you’re traveling out of San Diego International Airport, expect it to be busy, especially with ongoing New T1 construction. The project is ~40% completed, but travelers will experience impacts:

  • A new vehicle entrance to Terminal 1 is now open heading westbound on North Harbor Drive; it comes up sooner than the prior entrance.
  • Parking is limited (and expensive), so make plans in advance.
  • SAN recommends arriving two hours early to accommodate for longer lines, especially for security or checking bags.

Pro tip: Check our SAN Airport guide for more ways to prepare your pre-flight journey.

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