Beer, BBQ and modern amenties in new Terminal 2 at San Diego Airport

Terminal 2, complete with a Stone Brewing Co location

Terminal 2, complete with a Stone Brewing Co. location


San Diego International Airport received a major upgrade with the expansion of Terminal 2, completed in 2013. The new terminal incorporates countless thoughtful touches for travelers, modern amenities, and great ways to pass the time and get in those last few minutes of San Diego before heading back home.

San Diego Airport Terminal 2 State-of-the-Art Amenities

Practical and Tactical

Expanded security checkpoint inside Terminal 2

Expanded security checkpoint inside Terminal 2

We’ll drool over the new food items and eye candy in a bit, but first the nuts-and-bolts. For a traveler, a great airport is one that is functional and gets you on your way promptly with your sanity intact.

Brand new seats inside Terminal 2 with easy access to power

Brand new seats inside Terminal 2 with easy access to power

Terminal 2 has incorporated loads of features to get you one step closer to home, though let’s be honest: we know you’d love just one more day in San Diego!

  • 10 new gates to handle more aircraft. More gates make for faster and smoother transitions for inbound and outbound planes.
  • A dual level roadway splitting arrivals and departures. This is far from a new concept, but it is done beautifully and will make the process much quicker for travelers.
  • Curbside check-in. The airport realizes more and more travelers want to skip the ticketing lobby and its long lines. You can now check bags and print boarding passes right on the curb.
  • A expanded security checkpoint. The most agonizing part of the airport experience for many should at least be a little faster when leaving San Diego. There are loads of lanes that can expand quickly to meet demand and keep the line moving.
  • New lobby seating that is comfortable and practical. The rows of seats have conveniently located on-board power to juice up the devices that will help you pass the hours until you arrive safely at home.
  • The terminal is LEED Silver Certified by the Green Building Council. In fact, the Airport Authority called the whole project the Green Build, and there are countless ways that the facility is environmentally responsible.
  • Six water bottle filling stations are set up to let you stay hydrated with nature’s most abundant natural resource after clearing security.

The Fun Stuff

Four-legged restroom in Terminal 2

Four-legged restroom in Terminal 2


The design of Terminal 2 is reflective of San Diego; open, airy, with lots of nods and winks to the culture and natural beauty of your favorite destination. Look for the animated LED lighting installation complete with animated birds flying overhead. The flooring throughout is a nod to the surf splashing along the San Diego coast.

We now have a bathroom just for dogs! Whether or not you’ll ever need it, it’s likely to be the most Instagram-worthy spot in the whole airport.

BEER! Oh, yeah, and food too.

Ribs, Tri Tip and Chicken await!

Ribs, tri tip and chicken await!

The airport folks wanted to offer local flavors to travelers, so they turned to some of San Diego’s best to make sure the airport represents the city’s flavor.

New food offerings include a local favorite, Phil’s BBQ, where you can get that last taste of their amazing cuts and sauce. San Diego’s famous Stone Brewing Co. also offers a very cool bar and dining locale. You can also try Saffron, the go-to Thai restaurant in town for many residents.

There you have it, another great reason to choose San Diego! Cheers to Terminal 2.

Grab your ice-cold Stone before boarding

Grab a refreshing Stone Brewing Co. craft beer before boarding

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About Brian

I am married with two beautiful children and loving life. I’m pretty sure my head size is literally getting larger every year I go past 30, is that normal? I love my job & hometown of SD and if you ever visit you’ll understand why my city is better than the rest.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego day?

Golf in the morning. Then head to La Jolla shores with friends. Wrap it up with dinner at a great sushi restaurant and then finish watching the Padres beat the Dodgers.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

Behind the scenes just about anywhere. I always want to know what’s making it all tick, at a theme park, a ballpark, or a concert. I love seeing what's happening behind the curtain.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Hanging at the beach and playing volleyball with friends. I also really love going to dog beach & now that I’m a new dad, anywhere that makes the little guy laugh.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Burgers and beer for sure!

Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…

The Fray - The Fray, Bless His Name - Jeremy Riddle, New Radicals - You Only Get What you Give, and Bobby Brown - On Our Own. No more, I got in trouble from IT for downloading at work!

1 thought on “Beer, BBQ and modern amenties in new Terminal 2 at San Diego Airport

  1. It’s all nice and good, but that does not solve the issue that the airport is still a single runway airport.

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