San Francisco International airport unveils $4.1bn capital improvement plan

21 May 2013 (Last Updated May 21st, 2013 18:30)

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in the US has unveiled a $4.1bn capital improvement plan to improve infrastructure over the next ten years.

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San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in the US has unveiled a $4.1bn capital improvement plan to improve infrastructure over the next ten years.

The funding will be used for renovation of the concourse and security checkpoint areas in Terminal 3 and a complete upgrade of boarding area B in Terminal 1.

San Francisco also plans to construct a 400-room luxury hotel within the airport area, pending environmental approval.

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee said the airport's ten year capital improvement plan ensures creating a world-class facility, and continue to be a vital source of job creation in the Bay Area.

"SFO is an engine which helps power our local economies, bring tourism and jobs to the entire region, and this investment in our infrastructure keeps that engine running strong," Lee said.

According to the airport, the main source of funds for these capital projects will be general revenue bonds.

The capital improvement project will bring the entire airport to the standard of Terminal E which opened in 2011 after a $383m overhaul.

SFO director John Martin said that the approval of the Capital Improvement Plan would allow elevating the air travel experience for all customers atthe airport.

"We will continue to develop our airport to the standard established in Terminal 2, offering world-class amenities, locally-sourced concessions, and environmentally sustainable facilities," Martin said.

Renovation work is underway on the airport's Boarding Area E, near connecting walkway to Terminal 2, with scheduled opening for the public in early 2014.

In March, the Airport Commission of the City and County of San Francisco awarded a $200m contract to Parsons Brinckerhoff to provide construction management support services for a series of runway safety area (RSA) improvements at the airport.

Passenger traffic at the airport in March 2013 reached 3.6 million, up 3.4%, over the corresponding period in 2012.


Image: The $4.1bn capital improvement plan would enhance passengers' experience at San Francisco international airport.