San Diego’s Busiest Freeways, Top Destinations: 4 Things to Know Before Traveling This 4th of July

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

(KC Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

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

Even after the June 16 weekend and Father’s Day, with many airlines canceling thousands of flights – citing bad weather and understaffing – it seems people aren’t shy about air travel.

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

“This July 4 holiday, we expect to see the highest passenger numbers we have seen since the start of the pandemic, likely less than 10% of record peak levels at the airport,” he said. she stated.

With that in mind, she said it was also expected that many airlines will continue to experience delays and cancellations due to staff shortages and weather conditions in other parts of the country.

For people passing through San Diego Airport in particular, they also need to consider the construction at Terminal 1. LoPiccolo said travelers should allow extra time to navigate the airport and clear security.

“The best advice we can give is to plan ahead,” she said. “Before you go to the airport, check with your airline to see if there are any changes to your flight. Plan to get dropped off, take public transport, or if you want to park on site at the airport, to make parking reservations.