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 begin identifying improvements to enable the airport to meet
demand through 2035. San Diego International Airport’s expansion of Terminal 2,
known as The Green Build, is currently under way and is more than 50 percent complete.
The project adds 10 new gates, a dual-level roadway and additional aircraft parking.
The Green Build will meet the airport’s needs until we reach about 20 – 21 million
passengers annually. (In 2011, the airport accommodated nearly 17 million passengers.)
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 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 will be developed,
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 with 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 new centralized receiving and distribution center, fixed-base operator
facility, 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 (2012-2015).
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.
With the economy the way it is, aren’t fewer people traveling these days? Why do we need to go through this?
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.
Why will it take so long to replace Terminal 1?
At this point, we do not know if we will be replacing Terminal 1. Various options
will be considered and evaluated on a number of parameters. It takes years to plan
and design significant airport improvements, so we need to begin now.
Is the new terminal going to be built just for Southwest Airlines?
We have not determined whether or not a new terminal will be constructed. Southwest
will continue operating out of Terminal 1 for the foreseeable future.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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