The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Board has voted to move forward construction of a new Federal Inspection Services facility (to house Customs and Border Protection, and other international passenger arrival services) in Terminal 2 West. The project has an approved budget of $229.47 million and is scheduled to be operational in June 2018. The project contractor is Turner/PCL.
The airport says an accelerated work schedule is necessitated by faster than anticipated growth of international arriving passengers due to the introduction of new international, nonstop air services. Today, San Diego International Airport (IATA: SAN) welcomes more than 300,000 international arriving passengers annually. That figure is projected to grow to 400,000 passengers by 2024 and could exceed 650,000 passengers by 2036.
“We are enjoying great success in building a network of nonstop air service around the globe, connecting families, friends and travellers to San Diego,” said Airport Authority Board Chairman April Boling. “The new facility will not only help accommodate increased demand, but improve the processing experience for passengers with reduced wait times and a more welcoming environment,” she added.