AAtakeMeAway wrote:SANFan wrote:It's as though T1 and then T2 (as it was called back in the day and is now known as T2E) everything seemed to resemble 'temporary'. And hey, that may have been partly because nobody actually expected the San Diego airport to remain at Lindbergh Field terribly long in the old days -- all eyes and minds were looking elsewhere for the place to build a REAL airport!
And here we are.
When did East Terminal and West Terminal become T1 and T2 respectively, does anyone know?
Maybe next time I access my Port Logs (the monthly SDIA flight schedules listing that was published for years back in the '70s and '80s) I can find out when they started calling the various terminals what.
When they did open what is now T2E, in July 1979, I really don't remember if it was referred to as the West Terminal or Terminal 2. But yes, it was pretty minimal -- narrow, claustrophobic and with few seats or holding areas for the gates.
But remember, the big highlight of that terminal was the new, much-expanded Int'l Arrivals facility which was opened (or expanded) in March 2001 just in time for BA's brand new and first ever nonstop 777 service to/from Gatwick! Prior to that time, WA to Mexico City and an occasional AM route were about it for int'l flights at SAN! (And customs was originally a very small and cramped area down at Gate 1 at the far east end of T1!)