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San Diego International Airport, United States of America




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San Diego International Airport is located in San Diego, California, US, 20 miles from the Mexican border. The airport occupies 661 acres and is also known as Lindbergh Field. The owner / operator is San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. San Diego International is the busiest single runway (2,865m × 61m) commercial airport in the US. It handled 18.1 million passengers in 2008.

Lindbergh Field was constructed in 1928 and approved under the name San Diego International Airport by the US Treasury Department in 1934. The east terminal (Terminal One) opened in 1967 and a new west terminal (Terminal Two), which involved an investment of $15m, opened in 1979.

Another new terminal, known as Commuter Terminal, opened in 1996. A $232m airport upgrade initiated in 1995 resulted in the expansion of terminal two by 300,000ft² and added eight new gates. It also increased the number of parking spaces. A new baggage claim area opened in 1998.

Previously the airport was owned and operated by San Diego Unified Port District, a government-led entity. A new authority, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, was created as a result of the Airport Authority Act, which was passed by the government in 2002. Ownership transferred to the new authority in 2003.

Expansion

"The airport authority approved a $1bn expansion known as The Green Build."

On 9 July 2009 the airport authority approved a $1bn expansion programme known as The Green Build. The programme is the largest in San Diego International's history and will involve Terminal Two being expanded by 470,000ft².

Ten new jet gates will also be added. A new dual level roadway will be constructed at Terminal Two. Smart curb technology will be installed and passengers will be able to check in before entering the terminal.

Additional aircraft parking and taxiway improvements will be built, along with improved security checkpoints and holding areas at gates and an expanded shopping and dining area. The United Service Organizations Inc (USO) facility will be relocated.

Phase one of the expansion will involve constructing new parking spaces for overnight aircraft, improving the apron and relocating USO facilities. Phase two, which will start in 2010, will include construction work on the terminal and the roadway.

The expansion will be completed by the end of 2012 or early 2013. Organisers hope the project will be awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification through incorporating sustainable design principles. The authority will fund the project through user fees, airport revenue bonds, airport cash and FAA grants.

Master plan

The original master plan was developed in 2001 but was not adopted. In 2004 the plan was updated. Passenger numbers are expected to reach 28 million by 2030.

The development of the airport's master plan has been divided into three phases. Phase one covers the first five years and includes the Terminal Two expansion, construction of a dual-level roadway and parking for aircraft. Phase two, which covers the next seven to ten years, will maximise facilities on the airfield's north side. The phase includes the development of an inter-modal transit centre, a car rental facility and direct access from Interstate 5 to the airport.

Phase three is a long-term plan spanning 20 years and will coordinate the airport with other airports through a high-speed rail link and other modes of transport.

Terminal features

Terminal One is currently the busiest terminal. It is spread over 257,500ft² and has 18 gates. A 12,500ft² baggage claim area houses three baggage carousel units.

"Smart curb technology will be installed and passengers will be able to check in before entering the terminal."

Terminal Two east occupies 225,700ft². Its ground level houses the USO facility, a 7,400ft² food court and 4,000ft² of retail space. Terminal Two west covers an area of 326,600ft² and houses a 39,000ft² baggage claim area with six baggage carousels. Terminal Two east and west feature 22 gates in total. Commuter Terminal is a three-level building covering an area of 133,000ft². It features four gates.

The Red Bus, a free shuttle service, is available between all terminals. Lounges are available in Terminal One and Terminal Two. The airport has several shopping and eating areas.

The airport has 3,200 parking spaces divided into long-term parking, short-term parking and parking for people with disabilities.

Contractors

On 2 April 2009 a design build contract (contract one) for Terminal Two expansion was awarded to a joint venture between Turner Construction Company, PCL Construction Services Inc and Flatiron Construction Corp (FCI). Turner and FCI are owned by HOCHTIEF Aktiengesellschaft, Germany's largest construction company. HNTB Corporation is the lead designer in the joint venture and Architect Tucker Sadler and Associates will provide key support. About 1,500,000ft² of new taxiway and jet parking are also included in contract one.

Contract two was awarded to Kiewit Corporation and Sundt and is in the early design stages. URS Corporation will undertake the design work.

A $232m airport upgrade initiated in 1995 resulted in the expansion of terminal two by 300,000ft2 and added eight new gates.
San Diego International Airport is located in San Diego, California, US, 20 miles from the Mexican border.
Lindbergh Field was constructed in 1928 and approved under the name San Diego International Airport by the US Treasury Department in 1934.
Phase one of the expansion will involve constructing new parking spaces for overnight aircraft.