San Francisco Airport postpones construction of projects

10 November 2020 (Last Updated November 10th, 2020 11:32)

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has announced its plans to delay additional construction projects due to the reduced passenger activity and revenues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

San Francisco Airport postpones construction of projects
Construction projects have been delayed due to the reduced passenger activity caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Credit: Håkan Dahlström.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has announced its plans to delay additional construction projects due to the reduced passenger activity and revenues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The projects impacted include the final phase of Harvey Milk Terminal 1, which will see construction of a new North Check-In lobby area.

Scheduled for completion in April 2023 originally, this phase will be delayed by at least six months.

In July 2019, the airport finished the first nine gates of Harvey Milk Terminal 1 and also opened another nine gates and the South Check-In lobby this May.

The airport plans to proceed with the planned completion date of May 2021 for the next phase, which will see the addition of seven more gates and a post-security connection to the international terminal.

SFO also intends to delay a part of the Courtyard 3 Connector project, which features pre and post-security connecting walkways between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3, in addition to mixed-use office space.

The linking walkways will be finished as originally intended in October 2021. However, the interior construction of office space will be delayed.

The airport is also delaying, either in part or complete, more than 20 smaller projects that were planned to offer upgrades to terminal and support facilities.

With the projects being postponed, SFO will defer around $550m of debt service, leading from the issuance of Airport General Revenue Bonds, which are used to fund construction projects.

In April 2020, SFO announced the delay of the $1bn Terminal 3 West project for at least six months due to the downturn in passenger activity and revenues caused by the pandemic.

SFO announced further postponement of this project for another six months.