Airport Development Plan
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Airport Development Plan (ADP)?
The Airport Development Plan is the next phase of planning for San Diego International
Airport. The ADP will identify improvements to enable the airport to meet demand
How is ADP different from the Airport Master Plan?
The ADP is the next phase of planning for San Diego International Airport. The 2008
Airport Master Plan (culminating in The Green Build) will be considered as part
of the planning update.
What will the ADP consider?
The ADP will result in a plan that considers:
- The future of Terminal 1
- Redevelopment of the former Teledyne-Ryan property
- Input to SANDAG as it plans for effective intermodal transportation facilities
- Creation of new non-airline revenue opportunities
As part of this process, a new passenger and operations forecast has been completed,
taking into account anticipated changes in the airline industry, as well as local
and national economies.
What will the ADP accomplish?
- Provide facilities to meet future demand in the San Diego region
- Recommend improvements that are financially feasible
- Maximize non-airline revenue opportunities
- Maintain our excellent level of service for airport users, especially visitors to the region, who comprise more than half of SDIA’s passengers
- Continue to contribute to the region’s economic viability
Who is spearheading the ADP?
The Airport Authority’s planning staff, acting under Board direction, is leading
the ADP process. They have support from national consulting firms that have worked
with the Airport Authority on complex initiatives such as the Regional Aviation
Strategic Plan. Additionally, the Airport Authority will engage both technical and
community stakeholders to obtain input throughout the four-year process – including
airlines and regional agencies.
What other improvements are currently under way or being planned for San Diego International Airport?
Other capital improvements either under construction or in the planning/design phases
include a fixed-base operator facility for general aviation, relocated surface parking
and rental car center. SANDAG is leading plans to develop an intermodal transit
center that will connect to the airport.
What is the timeline for the ADP?
Staff anticipates that the planning and environmental review process will take approximately four years (2012-2016).
How much will the ADP cost?
The four-year process, including environmental review, will cost $6.5 million and
will be funded through airport revenues and user fees, not local tax dollars.
What is the cost estimate associated with each of the concepts?
Over the next few months, staff will be working with consultants to determine preliminary cost
estimates for each of the concepts. That information will be presented to the Airport Authority
Board in late 2014/early 2015 as part of the discussion to select a preferred concept for the environmental review process.
Why do we need to go through this planning process?
Despite economic ups and downs, air travel demand recovers quickly and shows consistent
growth over time. It takes years to plan and design significant airport improvements.
The San Diego County region must be proactive in planning for the next inevitable
growth phase. However, the Airport Authority will only initiate construction based
on activity levels, demonstrated need for such improvements and available funding.
Why are you doing another study on SDIA when you should focus on building a new airport?
In 2006, Proposition A, to consider MCAS Miramar as the site for a new civilian
airport, was defeated. There are no foreseeable options for building a new airport,
so the Airport Authority has a clear responsibility to maintain and enhance San
Diego’s existing airport.
Are you building a second runway?
Since 1989, 17 different options for adding a second runway have been evaluated
and determined to be infeasible. The obstacles include (but are not limited to)
significant environmental and social impacts and cost. None of the options would
add enough capacity to justify the financial, environmental and social costs. Therefore,
a second runway is not being considered.
When the next round of Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) gets under way
is the Authority planning to go after MCRD?
The Airport Authority has no intention of putting the region’s vitally necessary
military facilities at risk in any way. At this time there is no opportunity for
acquisition of MCRD, and we don’t anticipate that changing.
Will this plan include a parking structure?
Parking is one of the airport support functions that will be studied. Anticipated
demand, transit enhancements and various options for meeting parking demand will
Will there be opportunities for public input?
Public input is welcome. Community meetings/open houses will be scheduled to inform
the public about the plan and its goals. There will be multiple opportunities for
public input throughout the planning process and formal environmental review. You
can submit questions and comments via email at email@example.com
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