Tom York on business: SAN passenger traffic rebounds as pandemic eases

Southwest Jets at San Diego International Airport. Photo by Chris Stone

Have you been to the airport lately? Well, if you’ve flown in the past few months, you know it’s a lot less crowded than it was pre-pandemic.

Passenger traffic fell 38% in 2021 from the 2019 record, according to a press release. But the total has improved a lot from 2020, when COVID-19 hit the region’s economy hard.

According to the press release, San Diego International Airport handled 15.6 million passengers in 2021, a 69% increase from 2020’s 9 million. A record 25 million passengers passed through the facility in 2019.

“The aviation industry continued to be affected by COVID-19, but we saw an improvement in passenger numbers once vaccines became available and people felt safer again. comfortable to travel by plane,” said the airport manager. Kimberly Becker.

The airport added 18 routes and a new carrier during the year, another indication of business returning to normal.

The statement noted that South West Airlines continued to be the #1 carrier in 2021, topping the list of carriers serving San Diego with a 33% seat share. Southwest expanded service to three Hawaiian destinations and six new routes in total during the year.

Alaska Airlines maintained its No. 2 spot with 19% of all seats, while adding new services to five cities.

Detailed SAN air traffic statistics reports are available at

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Meanwhile, the airport has announced the move of two counters as construction dust begins to fly. From February 18, Air Allegiant will operate from Terminal 2 East. From February 24, Jet Blue Airways will operate from Terminal 2 West.

Officials are moving ticket offices to make room for the $3.4 billion Terminal 1 reconstruction project.

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Private company based in Temecula Sidecar tours is bringing a fleet of two-passenger tandem motorcycle sidecars to San Diego, which a company promoter says will be used to provide immersive tours of the city. The company now provides a similar service to 20 other cities.

The promoter indicates that the new tourist route begins at Coronado Brewery and goes to stone brewing at Liberty Station and ballast point in Little Italy, return to Coronado Brewing, where attendees can enjoy a beer tasting. The tour includes trips to historic and familiar areas including Little Italy, Liberty Station, Harbor Drive, Balboa Park, and Old Town.

The cost of the visit is $150.

The company also offers other city tours that vary in price and duration, including a food tour and a city tour.

The company will start with four cars drawn from its Temecula fleet and add more as the business needs.

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Ralph’s Grocery and Food 4 Lessdivisions of The Kroger Company.the recently published results for the Zero Hunger | Zero waste program, a chain-wide effort to alleviate hunger and eliminate waste by 2025.

In fiscal 2021, the two retail chains donated $5 million and saved 10.5 million pounds of food that would otherwise have been thrown away. The company says it has helped deliver 27 million meals to communities where they have stores, including San Diego.

« Zero Hunger | Zero Waste is shaping the local discussion on how to end hunger and eliminate waste across the country,” said a Food 4 Less executive.

There are 20 Ralphs stores and 11 Food 4 Less stores in San Diego County.

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Cleantech San Diego says companies in its Southern California Energy Innovation Network program landed $268.5 million in follow-on funding, hitting the quarter-billion-dollar milestone in just five years.

The six-year accelerator includes startups located in San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial counties. They are researching technologies to help the state achieve its clean energy goals.

To date, SCEIN program participants have secured $213 million in private follow-on funding and $55 million in public follow-on funding.

“This $268.5 million represents a tripling of the capital that these companies have contributed to the program,” according to a press release.

The program also flagged milestones.

A startup, Newis now listed on the Nasdaq after receiving new funding to take companies public without going through the traditional IPO process;

Another one, UCAP poweracquired the assets of Maxwell Technologies/Koreaand General Motors entered into a business collaboration agreement for battery-grade lithium with Controlled thermal resources.

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Based in Valencia Hello Auto Group says he opened a Mazda dealership in Kearny Mesa, his first in the city.

According to a press release, the company was founded three years ago as a one-price, “no-haggle” dealership. The release says customers work with a representative while the purchase progresses.

Hello Auto is inaugurating a new state-of-the-art building this year.

“We always present our lowest initial price. And we never charge MSRP or surprise customers with hidden fees or charges,” Schmidt said.

The group says it currently operates five dealerships across the state, including Temecula Subaru, Temecula Mazda and San Diego Mazda.

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Finally, this piece from North County News. the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly Rising Star Student Recognition Breakfast on February 15.

The chamber program recognizes high school students from high schools across the city who have overcome significant challenges, but have successfully maintained or resumed their education.

Students must be college or vocational school related and they must reflect the program’s mission statement: “To convene the business and education community to honor Oceanside seniors for overcoming adversity by demonstrating the character, integrity, academic and community commitment that makes our city shine like a star.”

Tom York is a Carlsbad-based freelance journalist who specializes in business and economics writing. If you have any topical tips you’d like to share, send them to [email protected]

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