I thought I’d summarize some facts and figures for SDIA as we approach the halfway point in the year as well as the peak summer travel season.
So far, as of early June, we have seen 6 new routes started/added by the various SAN cx: ELP (AS), PAE (AS), LAS (F9), OMA (WN), ORF (WN) and PDX (SY.) In contrast, last year by June, we saw 17 new routes announced!)
WN has dropped 9 flights from SAN’s summer (peak) schedules due mostly/supposedly to the grounding of the MAXs. Nobody’s sure when that situation will be resolved. Amongst the dropped flights by WN are a few routes completely disappearing: EWR, MCO and I’m going to include TPA as it was reduced from a daily r/t to once a week. (I will not include MKE however as it was originally scheduled to operate once a week for the summer, and it still is…) The “surviving” routes losing one daily frequency are: BWI, BNA, MDW, HOU, SAT & SMF. These 9 lost frequencies represent a ~7% cut in service for the peak travel season and perhaps more importantly, they may indicate the weaker routes that WN flies from SAN – MCO, EWR and TPA. I will add MKE, ORF and IND to that list due the minimal service WN provides in these markets. (Are you paying attention to this list, AS?)
I must also mention that there is still not a single word from WN regarding Hawaii service from SAN. I know the MAX grounding has affected that service as well but there had never been any detailed plans released regarding SAN-to-HI so I remain skeptical if or when we will see such service…
It's always been impressive to me how quickly WN can respond to changing markets: they can offer non-daily non-stops very easily in seasonal markets. Yes, others can and do the same thing, bypassing their "hubs", but Southwest has always been the champion in this category.
However, Hawai'i is a different matter. We know WN was counting on the MAX's to carry out this new endeavor; however, with those grounded, a whole lot is on hold. Much like with Kilauea and Madame Pele, sometimes all we mere humans can do is be patient until things return to normal.
By the way, speaking once more of WN, they now appear to be using 3 gates in T1W –11, 12, 13 -- giving them 14 total gates now at SDIA. (This assumes they are still using all 3 gates at the far east end of T1, 1, 2 and that third one.)
Yep, flew Southwest this last Memorial Day weekend (SAN-MDW-SAN) and I can confirm this: the people who used to spend their days telling people at Terminals 1 and 2, "if you're flying to LAX, you're at the wrong terminal! You need to take the red bus to the Commuter Terminal!" are now employed to tell passengers that there are, "not one, not two, but THREE different security checkpoints, and you need to check your boarding pass VERY carefully to make sure you're in the right one!"
WK (Edelweiss) cut back their service in 2019 to essentially just late May thru late September; I counted just 35 flights operating this season and we know the 1st flight, May 24, did not operate due to mx issues. (I assume and hope they’ve been operating the rest of their scheduled flights since.) Their plans for 2020 here????
At least this year the LH group coordinated the schedules, ensuring one daily flight on all seven days. In 2017, both airlines had a flight on Mondays, and none on one of the other days. It made absolutely no sense to me at all, but it seems to be updated.
My hypothesis: LH is looking at yields from connections this summer, making the decision as to whether SAN is ready for x5 to become x7 from FRA or perhaps a mix with MUC.
In another fairly significant service reduction, IMO, AA has cancelled their very long-lived nonstop to JFK for this summer but, as of now, daily-double service returns on 8/20. Many say this is based on runway work at JFK this summer but some say it is more than that.. Who knows but I do hope the route stays once it returns later this summer.
Between the MAX and runway closure, I would imagine that this is a temporary cancellation, and will return when the "restrictions" are lifted.
Jet Blue now lives in T1. At least they have the best ticket counter location in the west end -- closest to the TSA entrance to the gate area. They now share that west rotunda with WN, NK, F9, G4 and SY. Quite an interesting and crowded mix.
A crowded mix for an always-crowded terminal..
I'd love to know who shares gates with whom in T1West!
Overall, pax traffic at SDIA remains strong and is continuing to increase although the growth rate is down from 2018.
> Total pax thru SAN this April totaled 2,089,139, up 5% over Apr 2018;
> Total traffic for 2019 (thru April) is 7.5+M, up 4.7% over the first 4 months of 2018.. (The total, year end pax growth rate in 2018 was 9.3 %.) SAN should have no trouble surpassing 25M pax in 2019!
> Int’l pax for April were 86,805, DOWN .3% from Apr 2018. The number of pax using the FIS was 28,596, DOWN 15%! The SDIA folks reported these decreases as due to the lack of WK service in April plus some Mexico service redux. (As evidence, there were 165 ops thru FIS this Apr, and 228 last Apr!)
> In April, WN showed a market share at SAN of 38.5%, AS enjoyed its highest market share of the year so far at 14.5%, and UA was third best with 12.4% of the pax.
I' d say this year has cooled off a bit at SDIA from the incredible growth we’ve seen over the last few years but I imagine there are many airports in the U.S. who would love to have our growth figures. And I expect 2020 may hold some pleasant surprises for us. We already know that BA’s Speedbird will apparently remain a 747 next summer – that’s not a bad start to the 2020 SAN-av-news!
If British Airways is going to continue to fly the magnificent 747 into San Diego, that indicates the plane is wildly profitable - that has to mean cargo and F class demands warrant its continued use.
Hopefully, when BA retires the type, the last revenue flight will be LHR-SAN-LHR.
I can't believe there are six airlines operating out of the West Rotunda. Could anybody have imagined this back in 2009? At the time Alaska and United controlled the entire rotunda. Now they have both moved to Terminal 2 and most of the airlines that were in Terminal 2 East have now moved to the West Rotunda. I am excited to see construction begin on the new terminal but I have a feeling that won't happen for another five years.
I fear you might be right, but as tired and outdated as Terminal One is, it will have to continue to function for a while. That will be me on the first bulldozer turning ground on the new Terminal One when that happens, as it is SO overdue, but nothing happens quickly in this city. If there is ANYTHING I would say is needed ASAP, and needs to go to the head of the line in priority, it's the new T1. Best part, though: it won't impact operations in the meantime: build, replace, tear-down, build replace, tear-down, and so on.
Am I the only one who hopes that Terminal 2 East is replaced as well? To me, that's the worst location in the airport!