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San Diego International Airport

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San Diego International Airport is the primary commercial airport for San Diego County. No airline maintains a hub there, and Southwest Airlines is the dominant carrier, followed closely by Alaska Airlines. The vast majority of scheduled flights are to points within North America; currently including the Hawaiian Islands. In terms of international service, Air Canada Express, Air Canada Rouge, and WestJet operate to respective destinations that include Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary with Air Transat soon to be starting flights to Montreal. Swoop was supposed to begin service to Abbotsford and Edmonton, however, the grounding of the 737 MAX has affected previous plans to begin both flights in October 2019 so they have pushed back start-up to Summer 2020. Alaska, Southwest, and Sun Country (seasonally) operate the airport's only flights to Mexico: Puerto Vallarta (AS/WN) and San Jose Del Cabo (AS/SY/WN). British Airways, Japan Airlines, and Edelweiss Lufthansa provide intercontinental wide-body service with flights to London-Heathrow, Tokyo-Narita, and ZurichFrankfurt, respectively. Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines also provide transoceanic Edelweiss provides seasonal wide-body service with flights to Honolulu.   The airport has only a single runway, 9/27, and normal operations call for arrivals and departures on runway 27. Runway 9 usage is uncommon. They will use runway 9 if the cloud ceilings are below 600 feet from airport elevation due to non-precision only approaches for runway 27. In addition, if Zurich during the visibility is reduced to less than 1 1/2 miles, runway 9 will be used. Runway 9 has an operating ILS which can account for the lowered ceiling and visibility. Rarely will runway 9 be operated during clear dayssummer.
The airport has only a single runway, 9/27, and normal operations call for arrivals and departures on runway 27. Runway 9 usage is uncommon. They will use runway 9 if the cloud ceilings are below 600 feet from airport elevation due to non-precision only approaches for runway 27 and if the visibility is reduced to less than 1 1/2 miles. In addition, easterly winds known as "Santa Ana" winds will force runway 9 operations if strong enough; and conditions are usually clear which is rare for reverse operations. Runway 9 has an operating ILS which can account for the lowered ceiling and visibility.
The airport is notable for its approach to runway 27, which due to the airport's close proximity to Downtown San Diego, allows spotters a view of many aircraft flying level to the roofs of the downtown skyscrapers.
===Harbor & Laurel Parking Lot===
[[Image:Nw320san-375nc.jpg|left|thumb|Northwest A320 on final approach to 27, photographed from the Harbor & Laurel lot at street level]]
The airport has a small free parking lot at the intersection of Harbor Dr. and Laurel St. for spotting. From here you will see aircraft arriving and departing on runway 27. You will need a ladder or tall vehicle to get camera lenses above the fence line for departure and taxi shots, though this may still be difficult as there is a second fence separating the shuttle bus access road from the ramp. However, you can photograph arrivals from street level with a long enough lens but you won't be able to get the "classic San Diego shot" with Mission Hills in the background nor the touchdown. Posted signs prohibit unattended vehicles. Avoid the adjacent Solar Turbines parking lot, but the sidewalk along Laurel St. should be okay. Lighting is best in the early afternoon, before 6:00, during summer. In the winter, light is typically good all day, though you may need to vary the angle of your shot as the sun moves across the sky. If you need a snack or drink, there is a convenience store at the Shell gas station located at the intersection of Laurel and Pacific Hwy (about a 5-10 minute walk).
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===Columbia Street and W Nutmeg Street===
You need a tall car or a tall ladder to reach this spot in order to go over the fence. It will give you spectacular shots of short finals with the San Diego bayBay in the background. You can also get the touchdown. On the down side, this spot is not balanced (it is located on an incline plane part of the street) so getting level shots may be a challenge.
===Aladdin Parking Garage===
This garage has amazing opportunities for capturing landings and taxiing to the runway. Takeoffs are a bit of a challenge as they require a long lense and the presence of heat haze is inevitable. The parking garage is located adjacent to Laurel Parking lot, on the other side of Laurel street. However, they do catch you fairly quickly and ask you to move. Unlike the Laurel, the staff here aren't nearly as aggressive in moving you off the property. If you do plan to park here, be warned. The last time I checked, they charge daily, not hourly. This isn't the best spot if you want to spot for a good amount of time. I have not been to this spot in nearly a year and a half, so maybe things have changed. As for now, just assume you will get asked to leave fairly quickly.
===Rental Car Facility===
===Ivy St. and Albatross St.===
Pretty self-explanatory where this spot is located, within the intersection of these two streets. This point allows incredible up-close landing shots which would only require a fairly small lens. Great for overhead shots and with a long enough lens, around 150mm or so, you may be able to film the touchdown as well.
===W Palm St. Pedestrian Overpass===
This pedestrian bridge over the 5 freeway offers excellent side shots framed by the downtown skyscrapers during final approach and fair views of landing/taxing. The bridge is accessible from both Kettner Blvd and India St, street parking is available nearby and the Middletown trolley station across Kettner also offers affordable parking. Most of the bridge's length is covered by a 6-7 foot high grated fence, so to achieve the classic San Diego shot from the median with eight lanes of freeway traffic stretching arrow straight towards the cylindrical Four Points hotel you'll need a lens small enough to poke through the grating or a stepladder.
==Locations To Avoid==
32.7283,-117.1791~Laurel and Harbor Lot;
32.736631,-117.182220~Rental Car Facility;
32.728233,-117.165725~Ivy and Albatross;32.733750, -117.173429~W Palm Street Pedestrian Overpass
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==Regular Traffic==
Please note that all times listed in this section are approximate. Spotters visiting SAN may wish to consult the Flight Planner accessible at the San Diego International Airport website for exact and up-to-date information. Keep in mind also that many cargo flights do not operate a regular schedule on weekends or holidays.
*'''Air Canada Express (Jazz)''': CRJ-700705, CRJ-900*'''Air Canada Rouge''': A319-100, A321-200*'''Air Transat''': 737-800, A321-200 (seasonal, begins June 15, 2020)*'''Alaska Airlines''': 737-700, 737-800, 737-900, 737-900ER, A319-100, A320-200, A321neo (summer seasonal)**'''Horizon Air''': Q400ERJ-175LR**'''SkyWest Airlines''': Embraer ERJ-175*'''Allegiant Air''': A319, MD-80100*'''American Airlines''': 737-800, 757-200, A319-100, A320-200, A321-200**'''American Eagle (Compass Airlines)''': Embraer ERJ-175**'''American Eagle (SkyWest Airlines)''': CRJ-200, CRJ-700*'''British Airways''': 747-400, 777-300ER (seasonally alternates between the 747 and the 777)*'''Delta Air Lines''': 717, 737-800, 737-900ER, 757-300200, 767757-300, A319-100, A320-200, A321neoA321-200, MDA330-90300 (service only between 3/11/20 and 3/31/20)**'''Delta Connection (Compass Airlines)''': Embraer ERJ-175
**'''Delta Connection (SkyWest Airlines)''': CRJ-900
*'''Edelweiss Air''': A340-300(summer season only)*'''Frontier Airlines''': A319-100, A320-200, A320neo, A321-200*'''Hawaiian Airlines''': A321neo (A330-200replaces A321neo on the Honolulu flight beginning May 21, A321neo2020)
*'''Japan Airlines''': 787-8
*'''JetBlue Airways''': A320-200, A321-200
*'''Lufthansa''': A340-300
*'''SkyWest Airlines''': CRJ-200, CRJ-700*'''Southwest Airlines''': 737-700, 737-800, 737-MAX 8 MAX(Currently Grounded)*'''Spirit Airlines''': A319-100, A320-200, A320neo
*'''Sun Country Airlines''': 737-700, 737-800
*'''Swoop''': 737-800 (summer season only, begins May 8, 2020)*'''United Airlines''': 737-700, 737-800, 737-900900ER, 737 MAX 9 (Currently Grounded), 757-200, A319-100, A320-200**'''United Express (SkyWest Airlines)''': CRJ-200, CRJ-700, Embraer ERJ-175*'''WestJet''': 737-600, 737-700, 737-800
*'''Airborne ExpressAtlas AIr/DHL Cargo''': The 767-200s belonging to Airborne Express that are operated by Atlas Air are parked on the northside of the field have been nicknamed "the sleeping giant" by SAN spotters because they hardly ever seem to move. Many of the 767-200s on this flight are painted in full DHL colors. It typically arrives at approximately 7:00AM and departs to Phoenix, Arizona between 5:50PM and 7:00PM. Occasionally, this flight will be operated by a 767-300F.
*'''Ameriflight''': Ameriflight operates the Beech 1900 and Beech Airliner 99 and the Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner to SAN in the early evening, with arrivals usually coming arrival times from El Centro, California between 65:00PM and 7:00PMand are on the ground for less than 40 minutes usually before departure back to Ontario, California.
*'''FedEx Express''': FedEx is the largest cargo carrier at SAN, with the longtime regular A300 and MD-10 flights largely replaced by the 757 and 767. Three flights usually arrive in the very early morning, before 6:00AM, and normally have all departed by 8:00AM. A second set of two flights typically arrives between 4:00PM and 6:30PM. These usually depart again between 7:00PM and 8:30PM. One of the Friday afternoon flights, typically arriving at approximately 5:00PM and departing after dark, and one of the Saturday morning flights, typically arriving at 5:30AM and departing between 7:00AM & 8:00PM, are usually operated by MD-10 equipment767equipment. MD-11's are still somewhat rare, but made some appearances during the 2015 Christmas season. The 757 only operates at in the early morning and at night, so they are a bit hard to photograph. Fortunately, FedEx uses a 757 nearly every Tuesday in the summer that arrives in the afternoon, along with the majority of FedEx's fleet here.
**'''FedEx Feeder (Westair)''': A series of Cessna 208B Cargomaster flights arrive between 6:00PM and 7:00PM from El Centro supplying cargo for the larger FedEx aircraft flying out of SAN. They depart usually in the morning around 6:30AM to 9:00AM
*'''United Parcel Service (UPS)''': UPS operates two weekday flights on a somewhat variable schedule, generally using 767s. A morning flight usually arrives at approximately 5:00AM and departs around 6:30AM. A 767 arrives from the Hawaiian islands their mega hub in Louisville, Kentucky most weekday afternoons between 14:30PM and 35:30PM. Departures occur between 6:30AM and 7:30AM and in the evening between 7:30PM and 8:30PM. UPS does not operate on the weekends.
==Facilities and Transportation==
===Public Transportation===
San Diego Transit bus [ Route 992], sometimes known as the Flyer, and [ Route 923A] provide service to the airport terminals. The lines originates originate in downtown San Diego, with several stops including one near the official observation lot at Laurel and Harbor. Connections to these routes can be made at various locations in downtown San Diego to other bus routes as well as the [ San Diego Trolley], [ Coaster], and [ Amtrak Pacific Surfliner] trains.

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