SANFan wrote:The SAN year-end passenger totals came out today and it was a great year! Here's the link to the December Air Traffic Report at SAN.org:
https://www.san.org/DesktopModules/Brin ... &TabId=403
Total pax using SAN in 2018: 24,238,300 - needless to say, the highest annual total ever at SDIA!
Total pax increase over 2017: 9.3%, also, I believe, the largest annual % increase y-o-y ever at SDIA!
Total International pax in 2018: 1,042,686, highest number ever!
Total international pax increase over 2017: 19.3%! Pax using Int'l FIS facilities at SAN made up 1.5% of all pax at SDIA in 2018; 1.4% in 2017.
Total operations at SAN in 2018: 199,183, an 8.7% increase over 2017!
International carrier growth in December 2017 alone saw: WS - +33%, AC - up 23% on 19% increase in seats, JL - +20% on 10% increase in seats, and
BA saw a 10% in pax on an 8% increase in seats offered!
Even international cargo tonnage for 2018 was up 30%
Finally, the month of February 2019 is expected to see a 7.8% increase in seat capacity offered; March will see a 6.2% increase!
Very impressive numbers last year folks. There was really nothing negative reported except perhaps a 1.5% drop in all cargo. Quite an amazing year for 663 acres of former mudflats along the coastline, 2 miles from the center of downtown San Diego!
From the stats I could find:
+1,722,500 (rounded off) = 143,541 per month = 4,719 per day, and divided by 18 (roughly the number of hours of operations) equals 262 per hour. My one and only trip through SAN last year really did feel more crowded! And the numbers confirm that.
The international numbers bewilder me. A decade ago it was on-again, off-again Mexican resort flights and AC to YYZ. Now a brand-new international wing greets passengers from multiple foreign locations. And, as always, keeping my fingers crossed for more. I'm hoping LH becomes daily, and x5 to FRA via the A340-300 or -600, should they decide to follow through, and an A350 to MUC x2. To be followed, of course, by a similar arrangement with SkyTeam to do a mix of CDG and AMS on AF and KL. I'm also hoping Copa can get their FIS times to start PTY, and then perhaps KE to ICN.
The 30% increase in international cargo capacity, that would be accounted for with LH, agreed? I theorize that the discussion about SAN getting the -600 several days a week was related to forecasts of both premium demand (necessitating the true F-class) and cargo demands that might not have seen the results needed to trigger the upgauge.
I am so lucky to live in San Diego, but I am further blessed that I teach at a school in National City that has a spectacular view of the approach, seen from the south (port side of the aircraft), while living in North Park, with a similar view of the approach on the starboard side. The roar of reverse thrust is music to my ears.
Retirement may be a decade away for me; however, I can SO see myself becoming a volunteer at the airport, hopefully becoming one of the tour guides who gets to tell people I was the last passenger to fly out of the Commuter Terminal in 2015. Anyway, thanks for reading my ramblings!