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


Did You Know? More Surprising San Diego Trivia

San Diego is well known for having the most pleasant and near-perfect climate in the U.S. But did you know San Diego is also a city of many firsts? The region boasts a number of notable facts (i.e. the largest, oldest, first, most..) that relate to its history, arts and culture, attractions, sporting activities and more.

Following is a list of some fun and fascinating San Diego trivia. How many did you know?

Old Town San Diego

1. San Diego is the birthplace of California. The first European exploration of the West Coast was by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese navigator sailing for Spain, who landed in San Diego on September 28, 1542.

Mission San diego de Alcala

2. San Diego County has the most missions in the state, with four in all: Mission San Diego de Alcala, Mission San Luis Rey, Mission San Antonio de Pala and Mission Santa Ysabel.

Coronado Bridge

3. The first person to drive over the landmark San Diego-Coronado bridge, which opened in 1969 connecting downtown San Diego with Coronado, was Ronald Reagan.

San Diego International Airport

4. The San Diego International Airport is the busiest, single-runway major airport in the nation and the second in the world after London Gatwick.

La Jolla Playhouse

5. Between The Old Globe and the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego has sent more shows to Broadway than any other city in the U.S.

Birch Aquarium

6. The Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla is the largest oceanographic museum in the country.

Belmont Park

7. The Giant Dipper, a classic, wooden roller coaster in Belmont Park along Mission Beach, is one of only two ocean-side coasters on the West Coast. Built in 1925, it is also the only roller coaster in the U.S. to have National Landmark status and to be on the National Register of Historic Places.

8. San Diego County has the largest number of farms (almost 7,000) in the U.S. and ranks first in the nation for value of floriculture, nursery, greenhouse and sod products. San Diego County also produces the most avocados of any region in the country.

Hotel Del Coronado

9. The Hotel Del Coronado has hosted ten United States presidents, including the first state dinner held outside the White House in 1970. The resort also unveiled the world’s first electrically lighted, outdoor Christmas tree in 1904.

Geisel Library, UCSD

10. The University of California, San Diego’s Geisel Library in La Jolla houses the world’s largest collection of original Dr. Suess manuscripts and other materials. Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel) was a one-time resident of La Jolla.

Brent Bernasconi

Video Sand Art for New Non-Stop Flight from Europe

There is a new non-stop flight from Europe to San Diego on British Airways. What better way to advertise the beach destination of San Diego than with sand art:

If you still need more convincing, here are the Top 5 Reasons to Fly to San Diego from Heathrow.


Top 5 Reasons to Fly to San Diego From Heathrow

With the new non-stop flight on British Airways arriving in San Diego daily, there has never been a better time to visit!

1. Short Queue: The BA flight will be the only flight using the International facility when it lands making customs and luggage retrieval easy.

2. We have it all: With over 70 miles of beaches, year-round great weather and world class attractions including the San Diego Zoo and Legoland California, it’s so easy to experience the So Cal lifestyle.

3. Easy distance to other top destinations: Take the Pacific Surfliner train to Disneyland for a day or experience the desert and drive or fly to Las Vegas, Phoenix or the Grand Canyon.

4. Location: The San Diego International Airport is a five minute drive from the city center, train station and thousands of hotel rooms.

5. So many little time: No matter what you’re looking for San Diego has it all. Outdoor adventurer? Try whale watching or surfing among world-class surfers. Family time? How about Legoland California, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park or the USS Midway Museum. Arts & Culture buff? Visit Balboa Park, the nation’s largest cultural urban park.


20 San Diego Green Facts

San Diego’s commitment to the environment and the protection of its most treasured resources – 70 miles of beautiful beaches and the best year round weather in the country – is far reaching.

Below are 20 Green Facts about San Diego. On your next visit to San Diego, be sure to check one of them out!

San Diego International Airport

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