T1’s gate utilization is obviously the highest (by a large margin) due to WN’s operation.
Domestic Gate Utilization Rate (Passengers per day ) Year 2018
11 Terminal 1 East 2,270
8 Terminal 1 West 1,238
10 Terminal 2 East 1,064
19 Terminal 2 West 1,047
48 Domestic Gates Average 1,363
3 Foreign flights Gates 335 passengers per day in 2018.
If Southwest were to take over all 19 gates in terminal #1, they would be average 1,313 passengers per gate per day, which is only 50 below the average of all domestic operations.
I'm surprised there are no nationwide statistics on gate utilization (per airport per terminal), so we could easily see if this is unusual. What they do in London's Heathrow and Gatwick is let you check in your luggage in the city, get your boarding passes and then ride the train to the airport. You still have to go through personal luggage security check at the airport.
Why would the airport not provide WN more gates when they clearly need more for an ideal operation with the 120 plus daily flights they operate?
Not up on airport politics to that level. SAN airport is much more an origin and destination
airport than most of the other 30 airports
that carry 1% or more of the nation's traffic. Personally, I think the Airport Authority is not serving the community well by turning the airport into a dining and boutique mini mall.
Southwest Airlines 800.435.9792 4:15 AM - 12:00 AM NONSTOP TO
Allegiant Air 702.505.8888 2 Hours prior to scheduled departure NONSTOP TO
Frontier Airlines 800.432.1359 4:10 AM – 7:10AM; 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM; 7:30PM – 1:30 AM NONSTOP TO
JetBlue Airways 800.538.2583 9:15AM - 1:30PM Sunday - Friday (Closed Sat AM); 7:15PM - 10:30PM Daily NONSTOP TO
Spirit Airlines 801.401.2222 5:15 AM - 1:25 PM; 4:15PM - 8:25PM NONSTOP TO
Sun Country Airlines 800.359.6786 10:30AM - 1:00PM Sun-Fri Closed Saturday
Alaska Airlines 800.252.7522 4:00 AM - 12:00 AM NONSTOP TO
American Airlines 800.433.7300 4:00 AM - 12:00 AM NONSTOP TO
Delta Airlines 800.455.2720 4:00 AM - 12:00 AM NONSTOP TO
Hawaiian Airlines 800.367.5320 2 Hours prior to flight departure NONSTOP TO
United Airlines 800.864.8331 4:00 AM - 12:00 AM NONSTOP TO
Air Canada 888.247.2262 3 Hours prior to scheduled departure NONSTOP TO
WestJet 888.937.8538 8:30 AM -12:30 PM (closed T,Th)
British Airways 800.247.9297 SUN-THU 2:30 PM - 6:15 PM; FRI-SAT 3:15 PM - 6:45 PM NONSTOP TO
Edelweiss Air 877.359.7947 4 hours prior to flight departure NONSTOP TO
Lufthansa 800.645.3880 3 hours prior to departure NONSTOP TO
Japan Airlines 800.525.3663 8:40 AM -11:00 AM NONSTOP TO