FINALLY!! The day has come when the San Diego Commuter Terminal will say goodbye to regional service and the final three occupants will move their regional jets to operate out of terminal 1 and 2!
Per the San Diego Airport Authority News:
Effective June 4, airlines that currently operate out of the Commuter Terminal at San Diego International Airport will be relocating to gates in Terminals 1 and 2.
Airlines that fly to Los Angeles from the Commuter Terminal are replacing smaller aircraft with larger, more efficient planes. To better accommodate these larger aircraft and streamline the passenger experience, airlines will be relocated to the following locations:
- United flights to Los Angeles operated by United Express will relocate service to Terminal 2 West, using the airlines’ existing facilities in Terminal 2.
- American Airlines flights to Los Angeles operated by American Eagle will relocate to Terminal 2 East, also using the airlines’ existing facilities.
- Seaport Airlines will move its air service to the west end of Terminal 1.
Passengers on flights that previously used the Commuter Terminal will now have the opportunity to experience all of the new dining and shopping options, and other amenities offered at Terminals 1 and 2.
The Commuter Terminal will continue to serve as the administrative offices for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. Future plans for the building will be determined as part of the Airport Authority’s Airport Development Plan, which is currently underway.
The move of United and American Airlines, follows Delta’s move to the main terminal, which happened almost excatly one year ago! This move will drastically improve passengers experience when flying or connection through San Diego, especailly during irregular operations. The commuter terminal did offer the benefit of security wait times of 2 minutes or less usually, but it was also lacking amenities such as airline clubs, multiple restaurants, shops, TSA precheck and more.
The move will improve the airlines operations as all flights will operate from a single terminal and coordinating passengers during irregular options will be easier.