San Diego International Airport’s international passenger traffic in 2013 set a record at the facility for the second consecutive year, airport officials reported.
The 627,596 arriving and departing international passengers served marked a 21.5 percent increase over 2012.
The airport during the past two years saw the arrival of new direct international flights providing daily service to London and Tokyo. It also added to its existing direct flights serving Mexico and Canada.
Officials said 2013 was also the first full year that the Global Entry system was in place at San Diego International. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection program allows for expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers arriving in the United States.
The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, which oversees the facility’s operations, said the airport carried passengers to and from 47 domestic and eight international nonstop destinations in 2013.
Total domestic and international passengers at San Diego International reached 17,710,241 in 2013. Officials said that topped 2012 by 2.7 percent and was the facility’s highest passenger count since 2008.
Air cargo operators carried 162,353 tons of cargo and mail at the facility during the year, a 4.3 percent increase over 2012.