San Diego International Airport leaders have settled on a $2.2 billion plan to rebuild Terminal 1 and part of Terminal 2. How they will pay for it all or even half of it, though, is still unknown.
Officials are forging ahead with environmental review of the whole project, a process that will take 18 to 24 months and cost at least $2 million while staff attempt to identify their financial options.
If successful, in store is the replacement of the 1960s-era Terminal 1 used primarily by Southwest Airlines, the replacement of Terminal 2’s east wing and an extension on the west side, and two new parking structures to add to the parking structure already in the works.
The airport as most passengers know it would be radically changed.
After kicking around several conceptual designs this year, the airport board selected an option it says can be easily built in stages with less disruption to daily operations. The chosen design will also make the eventual reconstruction of the airport’s only runway easier by allowing officials to use the current taxiway as a runway for six to nine months, officials said.
Here’s an aerial view of the current airport configuration, and the new one envisioned.
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Pretty interesting proposal for an airport that is judged regularly by the so-called “experts” as about to reach capacity.I’ve been hearing this stuff since before I moved here in 1988.With Tijuana airport now a feasible alternative for many international flights, we’re probably set for the indefinite future.
Hopefully, we won’t have another multimillion dollar “search” for some phantom alternative site, as we've had at regular intervals. And no, we don’t need a trolley extension to the airport.
If you want to generate a significant part of the cost for the redo of Terminal 1, folding the Airport Authority back into the Port District would do it, as you'd save a lot over the duplicate bureaucracies we now have. After all, the primary excuse for a separate airport department was to find and promote a new location, a miserable failure when they could't even get a majority of voters on an advisory vote over moving to Miramar if and when that became available. This re-combination would be very difficult to pull off; too many high paying jobs would be on the line.