Southwest has removed the jetway from Gate 2. Gate 2 can now only be used for turboprop or regional jet boarding. Does anybody know what the last flight to use Gate 2 was?
The airport removed it as part of the terminal improvement project that included expansion of WN’s baggage infrastructure that expanded into the gate 2 ramp space. My understanding is gate 2 effectively no longer exists and will not accommodate any aircraft.
Aloha, R. I believe that is true - gate 2 is no more.
Is Southwest using both Banjo's in T1 right now?
To the best of my knowledge, WN exclusively uses all 8 of the east rotunda gates, 3 thru 10, plus the 2 gates at the far east end of T1, gates 1 & 1A -- maybe they'll rename it "2" -- plus a few of the gates in the west rotunda for overflow, I think gates 11-13 mostly. That gives them use of ~12 gates which is currently WAY more than enough for their schedule now, or in the future. (In fact, I'm not sure they are even using gates 1 and 1A now as that would require staffing the TSA check-point; if the gates are really not needed, I'm sure the airport or WN -- whomever pays for the TSA there -- would rather save that money. I just checked the flight status display for WN and I see no flights at all at gates 1-1A-2 and only 1 using gate 11 (in the west rotunda.)
Don't forget that WN has declared, and reduced service at SAN accordingly, that we will be a smaller 'non-growth' station in the future. Maybe that will change some day but while we approached 135 daily departures to about 34 destinations early this year, the advanced winter schedules (pre-COVID) of November & December 2020 reduced us to under 100 flights to between 20 and 25 destinations. Nonstop service from SAN no longer exists to ATL, ELP, OMA, MCO, PDX, PVR, SJD, SEA, GEG, & TPA. And I see that of all the new cities being announced recently by WN, none include any service to SAN as WN becomes more and more a traditional hub-and-spoke carrier. (And SAN can no longer be considered a focus city for WN, let alone a hub...)
On the positive side, it looks like we might finally get our HNL flight (set to begin on Nov 4) and ORF is still set to begin in January. (No sign of any OGG service however.)
One last note. I see on SAN's Sept 2020 Airport Traffic Report that WN's market share has fallen to 37%! That reflects some healthy slippage by SDIA's largest carrier...