San Diego International Airport has long had a unique commuter terminal, which I’ve had a love-hate relationship with.
The awesome thing is that the commuter terminal is separated from the rest of the airport, and it’s tiny. It’s like flying out of a small regional airport, in the sense that if you’re already checked in you can show up 20 minutes before departure and easily make your flight, since security queues are almost always short.
Furthermore, there’s something about the setup which I find charming, as you walk across the tarmac to your plane. Somehow it feels glamorous… if only you were boarding a private jet rather than a regional jet.
What I love about the San Diego commuter terminal is also what I hate about it, however — it’s way separated from the rest of the airport. If you’re connecting in San Diego, it’s a pain. You have to take a bus to go between terminals, and clear security again. Furthermore, there are no lounges in the commuter terminal, so you don’t want to arrive early.
Well, it looks like San Diego Airport will be closing their commuter terminal as of June 4, 2015. Via the airport’s website:
Beginning June 4, all airlines in the Commuter Terminal will be relocated to their respective airline gates in Terminals 1 and 2 to help streamline the travel experience for passengers.
- United Airlines service (operated by United Express) will move to Terminal 2 West
- American Airlines service (operated by American Eagle) will move to Terminal 2 East
- All Seaport Airlines service will operate out of Terminal 1
To help plan ahead, passengers can visit the airport’s interactive map at sanmap.san.org for all airline locations.
On the whole I’d consider this good news if you mostly fly the route while connecting (which is probably a minority of people), and I’d consider it bad news if you mostly fly the route point-to-point.
Regardless, this is still much better than the American Eagle commuter terminal at LAX, which is horrible. You have to clear security at the main American terminal, and then take a bus to get to the commuter terminal.
How do you feel about the commuter terminal at San Diego Airport closing?