While airline travel in San Diego is ever-so-slowly creeping back, San Diego International Airport (SAN) has implemented a number of modifications and protocols to help ensure the health and safety of passengers and employees choosing to travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In April, which could possibly be the height of the pandemic, passenger traffic through the TSA checkpoints was down as much as 95 percent,” said SAN spokesperson Sabrina LoPiccolo. “As states begin to ease some restrictions, we are starting to see more passengers travel through the terminals.
“Most recently, the number of people through the TSA checkpoints is down about 80 percent. So while we are still a long way from pre-coronavirus numbers, we are starting to see a slight uptick in travel.”
Added LoPiccolo, “Throughout the last several months, we've been rolling out health and safety measures in the terminals.”
SAN modifications and protocols include increased cleaning of high-touch points, signage on preventive health measures, floor decals and seat separation signage to queue six-foot social distance, and Plexiglas sneeze guards in certain public spaces.
Per the California Department of Public Health, facial coverings are required for all passengers, visitors, tenants, contractors and employees while on airport property, excluding those with a medical or mental health condition, or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering.
“The health and safety of all who work and travel through San Diego International Airport is our top priority,” said Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority president and CEO. “It is in accordance with the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and San Diego County Health that we’ve implemented these various modifications and protocols. San Diego will always be a desirable place to live and visit. When you’re ready to fly again, we’ll be ready to serve you.”
In a new development, SAN will add once daily, nonstop service to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) on JetBlue beginning Aug. 6. JetBlue is the third airline to offer nonstop service to EWR, joining Alaska Airlines and United Airlines.
JetBlue is the only carrier that will offer nonstop service to two New York area airports, EWR and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), from SAN. Other routes JetBlue serve from SAN are Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
SAN offers nonstop service to about 70 destinations in the continental U.S., Europe, Asia, Mexico and Canada. In operation since 1928, the airport celebrated more than 90 years of service to the San Diego region in 2018.
The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has managed the airport since 2003. The Airport Authority plans for and provides air transportation services to the region with safe, effective facilities that exceed customer expectations
Visit san.org/gosafely for useful information and airport updates related to COVID-19.