San Diego’s busiest freeways, hottest destinations: 4 things to know before traveling this 4th of July


A Delta Airlines jet approaches San Diego International Airport for a landing on the runway.

A Delta Airlines jet approaches the runway at San Diego International Airport.

(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

About 426,000 Southern Californians are expected to take flights this holiday. (For context, that’s 10 times the number of fans it takes to fill the stands at Petco Park.)

Even after the weekend of Juneteenth and Father’s Day saw many airlines cancel thousands of flights — citing bad weather and staff shortages — it seems like people aren’t shying away from air travel.

Sabrina LoPiccolo, spokeswoman for San Diego International Airport said that with summer officially in swing travel demand has escalated to the point where, on average, the airlines have nearly 30 percent more seats available for those flying in and out of the San Diego airport, compared to a year earlier.

“This July 4 holiday, we expect to see the highest number of passengers we’ve seen since the pandemic began, likely within 10 percent of record peak levels at the airport,” she said.

With this in mind, she said it’s also expected that many airlines will continue to have delays and cancellations due to staffing shortages and weather in other parts of the country.

For people going through San Diego airport specifically, they also need to factor in construction at Terminal 1. LoPiccolo said travelers should allow extra time to navigate the airport and get through security.

“The best advice we can give is to plan ahead,” she said. “Before you head to the airport, check with your airline to see if there have been any changes to your flight. Make plans to get dropped off, take public transit, or if you want to park onsite at the airport make parking reservations.”

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