San Diego, CA – OEP:KSAN

8-15-2015 KSAN
SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
(663 acres) San Diego, CA

Four Nearby Instrument Airports:
[KNZY] 2 SW ; [KMYF] 6 NE ; [KNKX] 8 N ;
[KNRS] 11 S ;
(ave. distance: 7 nm)
Total Based Aircraft:7
(7 jets)
Operations & ATC:
(est. 525 ops/day (95% commercial)
24hr FAA towerFAA staffing as of 9/20/14:25
FAA’s ATADS data shows Peak Year was 1995. Total airport operations in 2014 were DOWN 22% from the peak year.
Click on this button for links to background info: [KSAN]-REFERENCE
Additional buttons:NextGen-Noisesearch (aiR)OEP-35
AIRNAV Form 5010 WIKI NOAA (weather)
FlightAware.comFlightStats.comFlightRadar24.com

SAN ATADS data, 1991-2014:

Year Commercial Ops % Commercial TOTAL OPS Change from Peak Year
1991 181,277 88% 206,487 -16%
1992 186,126 87% 213,983 -13%
1993 183,407 88% 208,506 -15%
1994 193,663 88% 221,044 -10%
1995 219,140 89% 245,280 PEAK YEAR
1996 202,233 90% 224,466 -8%
1997 205,396 91% 224,488 -8%
1998 204,885 92% 223,257 -9%
1999 204,473 92% 222,356 -9%
2000 190,539 92% 207,916 -15%
2001 192,024 93% 206,848 -16%
2002 189,496 92% 206,605 -16%
2003 187,367 92% 204,713 -17%
2004 194,460 90% 215,211 -12%
2005 206,956 90% 229,192 -7%
2006 207,220 90% 230,798 -6%
2007 216,684 91% 237,574 -3%
2008 210,597 92% 228,167 -7%
2009 186,481 93% 199,612 -19%
2010 177,617 93% 190,137 -22%
2011 174,034 94% 185,143 -25%
2012 176,730 94% 187,326 -24%
2013 178,367 95% 187,981 -23%
2014 182,024 95% 191,765 -22%

Aeronautical chart from VFRmap.com. (Click to open in a new window).

Scrollable aerial view at bing.com. (Click to open in a new window).


Airport Narrative (Overview & History)

The San Diego International Airport, also known as Lindbergh Field, is an airport rich in both aviation history and aviation impact. The first scheduled passenger service began in 1925, when Ryan Airlines offered daily flights to Los Angeles. The Army Air Corps took over the airport in 1942 and constructed the current runway (at 8,750′, later extended to 9,400′) to handle new heavier bombers being constructed for the war effort. KSAN embraced the jet age in 1960 and the airport now has three terminals and 55 gates (including the commuter terminal).

Fanned departure headings impact schools and residents on Point Loma.

KSAN is on FAA’s OEP-35 list, as one of the key commercial airports in the nation. It is the busiest single-runway commercial airport in the U.S., and second-busiest in the world, behind London-Gatwick. The airport is also tiny at just 663-acres (which illustrates a more subtle aviation impact in that many other major airports are land-hogs, taking thousands of acres of land out of useful production).

An FAA control tower provides ATC services 24/7, and handles 525 operations per day (this equates to 11 takeoffs/ATC-hr, or one takeoff every 6-minutes). Airport operations peaked in 1995; they have since declined by 24% (see data in table below). Despite that decline, well over a billion dollars of FAA AIP money has been spent adding more terminals and gates.

The airport is famous among commercial pilots for an approach from the east that seemingly descends through buildings and grazes low across the I-5 freeway to land on Runway 27. On the other end of that same runway, ATC fans out strings of departures by issuing headings, especially during peak departure periods. These fanned departure headings impact the quality of life for residents of Point Loma, a place with scenery and weather that many would find to be not too far from heaven.