Closest Airports to SAN DIEGO SAN AIRPORT

San Diego SAN

San Diego, CA (0 miles)

Tijuana TIJ

Meza de Otay, Tijuana B.C., (18 miles)

McClellan-Palomar CRQ

Carlsbad, CA (28 miles)

John Wayne SNA

Santa Ana, CA (76 miles)

Palm Springs PSP

Palm Springs, CA (85 miles)

Long Beach LGB

Long Beach, CA (93 miles)

LA Ontario ONT

Ontario, CA (95 miles)

Imperial County IPL

Imperial, CA (95 miles)

Los Angeles LAX

Los Angeles, CA (109 miles)

Burbank Bob Hope BUR

Burbank, CA (121 miles)

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  • GREATER SAN DIEGO AREA AIRPORTS
San Diego International has a very busy single runway indeed, hampered only by its limited capacity for international flights. Many major airlines and regional jets serve the airport. McClellan-Palomar Airport, 27.7 miles away, serves San Diego's North County with a new passenger erminal and United Express offering daily flights to Los Angeles LAX. The Airport also serves the general aviation community. Another option is John Wayne Airport, 76.2 miles from San Diego International, which is served by major commercial and commuter airlines offering a multitude of daily nonstops to many U.S. destinations.

1. San Diego International Airport SAN --also known as Lindbergh Field--is located 3 miles northwest of downtown San Diego, a metropolitan area in California, known for its mild climate, plentiful beaches and world-class attractions like the San Diego Zoo and Sea World. San Diego SAN airport is served by multiple major airlines and regional jet services with Southwest offering the most flights. The airlines operate out of three terminals--Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and the Commuter Terminal--offering such amenities as restaurants, shops, lounges and club rooms and the Neil Ash USO Center. The airport is the nation's busiest single runway airport, however its limited runway capacity cuts down on the number of international flights the airport can accommodate. The free Red Bus (wheelchair-accessible) runs every 10 minutes or so between the terminals; bus stops are located curbside at all three terminals. For additional information call Lindbergh Parking, Inc. at 619.291.1508. Shuttle vans and buses are a popular and convenient transportation option to your destination and are available at the Transportation Plazas across from Terminals 1 and 2, and curbside at the Commuter Terminal. If you pick up an arriving passenger, use the Cell Phone Lot, wait in your car until your party calls you for pick-up at the curb. Three off-site parking lots are served by color-coded free shuttle buses.

2. McClellan-Palomar CRQ --27.7 miles from San Diego-- McLellan Palomar Airport CRQ is located 3 miles southeast of Carlsbad at Palomar Airport Road and El Camino Real, and is 30 miles north of downtown San Diego, Southern California. The Airport is a gateway to/from San Diego's North County. It serves the general aviation community, corporate aircraft and commercial services. United Express has daily flights to LAX Los Angeles Airport. Major corporations and world-class resorts are just minutes from the Airport. Some of the finest beaches in San Diego County are close-by and offer surfers, swimmers and sun worshipers balmy weather most of the year. Oceanside Harbor, with its shops, yachts and fishing boats, is a pleasant place to spend time. Legoland is two miles west of the airport. The Olympic Resort is just across the street from the airport, La Costa Resort & Spa is just a short drive from McClellan-Palomar, and the Four Seasons Aviara Resort is also nearby. In early 2009 the new passenger terminal opened to the public as part of major improvements made to the Airport facilities. Among parking options are Short-Term parking: When entering the airport, make an immediate left turn, then right, to the small 15-minute lot in front of the terminal. Handicapped parking is also available in this area. Long-Term parking: The 30-day parking lots are accessible directly from the front of the terminal via the access road, or from Camino Vida Roble (one junction west of current airport main entrance) to Owens Avenue. Turn right onto Owens and the entrance to the parking area is at the top of the road. Parking for both lots is free. The terminal loading zone is for active picking up and dropping off ticketed passengers.

3. John Wayne Airport SNA--76.2 miles from San Diego--also nown as Orange County Airport--is located in Santa Ana, 35 miles south of Los Angeles, California, and between the cities of Costa Mesa, Irvine, and Newport Beach. It was renamed in 1979 to honor the legendary actor and Orange County resident, John Wayne. With two runways, it is served by major commercial and commuter airlines offering hundreds of daily arrivals and departures with nonstop flights to many U.S. destinations and connections around the world. Opened in 1990, John Wayne airport's sunny and spacious Thomas F. Riley Terminal has two levels with departures on the upper, and arrivals on the lower level. In the center of the lower level you will find an arresting nine-foot bronze statue of John Wayne dressed in Western regalia. The Terminal is divided into Terminal A (Gates 12-14C) and Terminal B (Gates 3-1C), offering restaurants, gift shops/newsstands, family restrooms, ATMs and electrical power outlets at all gates. The Mezzanine houses United's Red Carpet Club and American's Admirals Club. To get to your destination, the Airport offers a choice of transportation. Aside from taking a taxi or limo, you can also use shuttle services, which are plentiful. Shuttles are located on the Arrival (Lower) Level in the Ground Transportation Center. Look for assistance by coordinators. The nearest train stations are located in Irvine, Santa Ana and Tustin, approximately 10 miles from John Wayne Airport, and the 'i shuttle', Route A connects the Tustin Metrolink Station to John Wayne Airport via Von Karman Avenue. OCTA buses, Routes 76 and 212, service John Wayne Airport. The OCTA bus stop is located on the arrival (lower) level outside of Terminal B. Parking options are available at Parking Terminals A1, A2 & B2, as well as curbside valet parking, Parking Lot C, and off-airport parking on Main Street. A new Terminal C with its own parking garage, now under construction, is to open late 2011.





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