San Diego Airport Authority Passes $2.2 Billion Expansion

November 20, 2015

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority unanimously approved a $2.2 billion terminal replacement plan for Lindbergh Field.

The airport board’s approach would replace the Terminal 1's 19 gates within 10 years and add more capacity in future phases. It will spend the next two years preparing environmental impact reports, refining the design and firming up financing for the $1 billion first phase. The project looks to double the airport’s capacity to nearly 28 million passengers yearly.

“It’s really meant to address increased capacity at San Diego International Airport over the next 20 years,” board Chairman Robert Gleason told The San Diego Union-Tribune. Additional details in the overall plan to expand capacity include rebuilding the airport’s single runway, centralizing customs and making space for more international flights, building more parking garages, and connecting the airport's two terminals.

Terminal 1 at Lindbergh Field opened in 1967.