San Diego International Airport’s expansion of Terminal 2 opened in August 2013. The project added 10 new gates, a dual-level roadway and additional aircraft parking. These improvements will meet the airport’s needs until we reach about 20 – 21 million passengers annually. (In 2015, the airport surpassed 20 million passengers.) Other recently completed capital improvements include a centralized receiving and distribution center, fixed-base operator building for private aircraft, relocated surface parking and Rental Car Center.
The Airport Development Plan (ADP) is the next master-planning phase for San Diego International Airport. In 2006, a county-wide ballot measure to move the airport was defeated. Therefore, the airport will continue in its current location for the foreseeable future. The ADP identifies improvements that will enable the airport to meet demand through 2035, which is approximately when projected passenger activity levels will reach capacity for the airport’s single runway. An additional runway is not being considered.
As a first step in the ADP, several potential concepts were developed as thought-starters for a more focused conversation. These were just a starting point – the first step in a thorough, comprehensive planning process.
Extensive public outreach was conducted to obtain input from residents and airport stakeholders in the San Diego region. Airport staff then presented Alternatives 1 – 5 for the Airport Authority Board’s consideration. The Board selected Alternative 5 as the preferred alternative. A detailed environmental analysis is now under way. The environmental review and planning process is expected to conclude in spring 2017.
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The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Act calls for the Airport Authority to form a citizens advisory committee to assist the Airport Authority Board in its responsibilities specific to the planning and development of airport facilities at San Diego International Airport. The purpose of the Authority Advisory Committee is to serve as a sounding board and catalyst for the development of recommendations to the Airport Authority Board on issues for which the Airport Authority is responsible.
The Airport Authority is committed to keeping the public informed throughout the Airport Development Plan four-year process. There will be multiple opportunities for public input during the planning process and the formal environmental review.
If you are interested in inviting an Airport Authority representative to make a presentation about the Airport Development Plan to a group that you’re involved with, please contact Peggy Cooper at 619-400-2470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
See behind the scenes of San Diego International Airport! The Airport Authority offers free tours of the airport and airfield, including up-close looks at the runway and public art. Tours are two hours long and are offered four times a month – each second and fourth Thursday at 10 a.m. and Friday at 1 p.m. Click here to submit a request and let us know which dates you will be available.
As part of the public outreach for the Airport Development Plan, the Airport Authority will host community meetings at various project milestones. Dates and locations will be posted here. The meeting information will also be communicated to San Diego area media outlets.
If you would like to be added to the Airport Authority’s email list to be kept informed about the Airport Development Plan, please email Rebecca Bloomfield at email@example.com.