The board of directors of San Diego County Regional Airport has given its sanction to a maximum contract value and master project schedule for the design and construction of a new airport terminal at San Diego International Airport (SAN), the US.

A maximum contract price of $2.6bn has been approved for the new terminal at SAN to replace the current Terminal 1.

The Turner-Flatiron joint venture (JV) will deliver this new airport terminal project.

After the completion of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, construction work will commence at the airport.

The FAA is expected to finish its NEPA review of the project later this month, which would allow the construction work to start as early as November 2021.

Airport Authority president and CEO Kimberly Becker said: “Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the Airport Authority has carefully and cautiously continued planning for the replacement of our existing, 54-year-old Terminal 1.

“The New T1 will provide the customer experience people expect from San Diego by developing a terminal that is modern, efficient and built to serve the thousands of passengers expected over the next several years.”

The Airport Authority has reserved space between the terminals for a transit station that could be developed under a transit project selected by planning authorities of the regional transportation department.

It has also planned to introduce an electric shuttle fleet in late November to transit people from the Old Town Transit Centre to the airport and back.

With 30 gates, the new terminal will feature retail concessions and more security checkpoint lanes.

This project also covers improvements to the airport’s roadways system and a parking plaza.

The first 19 gates are scheduled to be functional in July 2025. Construction on the additional 11 gates will commence in the same month.

According to the Airport Authority, the project is expected to be finished in June 2028.

Built in 1967, the current terminal handled 2.5 million passengers in its first year.

In 2019, this terminal managed more than 12 million passengers.

Separately, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed a new credential authentication technology (CAT) unit at Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG).

Last month, Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) in Indiana received a new CAT unit at the TSA checkpoint.