The San Diego International Airport 2008 Master Plan documents the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s planning process for the 661 acres that comprise San Diego International Airport. Adopted by the Authority Board May 1, 2008, the 2008 Airport Master Plan provides guidance for development of the airport to meet continued passenger, cargo and operations growth at San Diego International Airport.
An airport master plan represents the approved actions to be accomplished for phased development of the airport. Master plans address the airfield, terminal, landside access improvements, modernization, and expansion of existing airports and establish the premise for planning for a new airport.
The five primary steps to the Airport Master Plan process are:
January-June 2004: Presentation of forecast for operations, passengers and cargo
Prepare update to Airport Master Plan:
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the lead agency for the federal environmental review of the San Diego International Airport Master Plan Near Term Improvements. The San Diego International Airport Near Term Improvements identifies specific physical improvements at San Diego International Airport to allow the Airport to effectively continue its mission of serving San Diego's commercial air transportation needs as forecasted through 2015.
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The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Airport Master Plan (including the adoption of an airport land use plan and implementation plan) for San Diego International Airport located in the City of San Diego.
On May 1, 2008, the Airport Authority Board certified the EIR.
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Chapter 1: Executive Summary with Responses to Comments
An Airport Transit Plan has been prepared under the oversight by the Airport Transit/Roadway Committee with staff from all of the regional transportation agencies. Planned service and capital improvements for transit service in the vicinity of San Diego International Airport, as well as an analysis of the local and regional transit service to SDIA are addressed in the Study. Transit improvements recommended in the Transit Plan include short-term (within 1 to 3 years), mid-term (3 to 5 years) and long-term (5+ years) improvements.
The Aviation Activity Forecast provides critical information that allows the Airport Authority to:
Completed in 2004, the forecast looked at the current and future capacity of the Airport's existing single runway and projected passenger traffic, aircraft operations, cargo activity, general aviation and military operations through the year 2030.
The forecast will be used to address the future air transportation needs of the region and plan for San Diego International Airport's facilities, given the Airport's importance to the regional economy and the potential constraints associated with its facility limitations.
The Airport Authority also plans to examine the capacity of other Airport facilities, such as terminals and roadways, to handle the forecasted growth in passengers and operations.
Runway congestion at San Diego International Airport (the Airport) is anticipated when annual aircraft operations reach between 260,000 to 300,000.
At 260,000 annual operations - approximately 30% above current levels - occurring between 2015 and 2022, runway capacity will begin to constrain growth.
At 300,000 annual operations - occurring between 2021 and 2030 - runway congestion will not allow further growth.
While the Airport can accommodate the current number of flights, the single runway does not have enough capacity to handle the forecast growth in aircraft operations. The runway handled 209,362 operations in calendar year 2004.
Investment in airport improvements, such as additional gates and taxiway extensions, at the Airport will be required to accommodate these growth levels.
Passenger traffic at the Airport is forecast to grow from 17.4 million passengers in 2005 to between 27 million and 33 million in 2030.
If additional runway capacity is not provided, San Diego will experience a cumulative loss of at least five million passengers (low growth scenario) and as many as 31 million passengers (high growth scenario) over the forecast period.
At 74.4 percent, the Airport has one of the highest load factors - the number of seats filled in an aircraft - among airports in the country. Load factors are projected to increase nationally, but high current load factors will limit future increases at the Airport.
Continued strong growth in cargo tonnage is forecast in both the high and low forecast scenarios. In 2005, a total of 152,257 tons of cargo were handled at the Airport. Cargo is projected to grow at an average annual rate of 3.9 percent under the low growth scenario and 4.8 percent under the high growth scenario.
Cargo operations are projected to grow slower than cargo tonnage due to increasing aircraft capacity.