Construction works have begun on the cross-border terminal which will enable travellers to directly cross from Tijuana airport in Mexico to San Diego, US.
The project will include the construction of a 500ft bridge that will cross the border fence, connecting the Tijuana airport and a new customs station that will be built in an empty field in Otay Mesa, San Diego.
The terminal, which is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2014, will allow ticketed airline passengers to cross the bridge in either direction by paying a fee.
According to the developers, the new terminal will significantly lower the long border waits for passengers seeking to get back into San Diego – a problem faced by US travellers using the Tijuana airport.
The terminal is also expected to boost cross-border tourism as well as encourage foreign companies planning to open factories in Tijuana and distribution warehouses in Otay Mesa.
South County Economic Development Council director Cindy Gompper-Graves said that border wait times are a huge deterrent to companies looking to locate on both sides of the border.
"This will make it easier for them to do that. This will make it more accessible for them to access other markets," Gompper-Graves added.
Passengers currently have to get a taxi to one of the two existing border crossings.
This project is being funded by private US and Mexican investors.
Photo: The cross-border bridge at the US-Mexico border will enable easier and quicker access to the borders. Image courtesy of Legorreta+Legorreta.