San Diego International Airport (SAN) has handled more than two million passengers in June, breaching the level for the first time since December 2019.

In June, the airport recorded a total of 2.07 million passengers, which is a 30.2% surge from 1.58 million passengers a year ago and down 9.5% compared with June 2019.

The figure represented 90.5% of 2019 traffic levels. It is also SAN’s closest to attaining pre-pandemic levels.

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority president and CEO Kimberly Becker said: “SAN has seen a steady increase in passenger numbers as demand for summer travel continues.

“Reaching more than two million passengers is a milestone we can celebrate as our region continues to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

SAN’s passenger volume was 7.9% higher in June than the prior month, with June 26 being the highest serving day with over 82,000 travellers.

This growth was said to be driven by a rise in the number of nonstop flights to domestic and international locations.

The airport operated 75 nonstop flights in June, which is eight more flights than the corresponding period in 2021.  

Various carriers including Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines have grown the frequency of their flights from SAN to ten major locations as against June 2019.

Over 10 million passengers travelled through the airport from 1 January to 30 June 2022, up 72.8% from a year ago.

Compared to June last year, SAN registered a 33.9% growth in scheduled seats while its load factor dropped 2.3 percentage points to 82.5% from 84.8%.

In June, cargo operations fell 4.4% as against a year earlier and decreased 0.4% from June 2019.