San Diego Airport

In 1927 San Diego played a leading role in one of history’s most significant and dramatic aviation achievements. In that year, the young aviator Charles A. Lindbergh came to town and commissioned Ryan Airlines to build a special aircraft that could complete the first nonstop New York to Paris flight.

The 8,750-foot “mega-runway” built to accommodate World War II-era long-range bombers made San Diego International Airport “jet-ready” long before United Airlines became the first airline to offer pure jet service in September 1960. American Airlines followed with their “Jet Ace” scheduled service to Dallas/Fort Worth a few weeks later. San Diego had entered the Jet Age. Today San Diego International is the busiest single-runway commercial airport in the United States. It is also the second-busiest single-use runway in the world after Gatwick Airport with about 465 scheduled operations carrying 48,000 passengers each day; a total of 18,756,997 passengers in 2014 and home to the first ever LEED-Platinum Certified airport terminal.