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The San Diego International Airport, also known as Lindbergh Field, is a public airport 3 mi (4.8 km) northwest of downtownSan Diego, California, 15 mi (24 km) from the Mexico – United States border at Tijuana, Mexico. It is operated by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. San Diego International is the busiest single-runway commercial service airport in the United States, and second busiest single use-runway in the world after London Gatwick with about 550 departures and arrivals carrying 50,000 passengers each day, and a total of 17,250,269 passengers in 2012. San Diego is the largest metropolitan area that is not an airline hub or secondary hub; however, the airport is a focus city for Southwest Airlines.
It seems like San Diego is in the middle of trying to update their airport. There are parts of it that were great and yet the gate I left from was cramped and had terrible seating for waiting for your flight.
After getting off my plane you had to walk a greater distance than what seemed necessary to get to baggage claim. Baggage claim has been updated and was open and light. Catching a ride outside in the passenger pick up area was easy.
On our way out of town, I found that security was easy. I think that I was fortunate because of the time of our flight that there were not very long lines. The TSA seemed to have adequate staff and lines open to handle the number of people getting ready to board flights.
I wanted to grab some breakfast and the maps of the restaurants did not seem to be accurate so I was not able to find what I really wanted and settled for a Jack in the Box, which is about the grossest thing but I never get on a plane hungry.
Finally, the gate area is the worst. We were at gate 29 there is no way that an airport designer would have ever thought this area was a good idea. It is like they put two gates in a small hallway and said, "that should do it". I am not a claustrophobic person, but this just about caused some serious anxiety. The gate area is in need of a update.
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