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Construction Begins On San Diego End Of Cross-Border Air Terminal

Construction begins in Otay Mesa on the cross-border air terminal, June 5, 2014.

Aired 6/6/14 on KPBS News.

Construction began this week on the cross-border air terminal that will connect Tijuana's international airport to the U.S.

Construction has begun in Otay Mesa on the cross-border airport terminal that will connect the Tijuana airport directly to the U.S.

Passengers from San Diego will be able to park their cars at the U.S. end of the terminal and walk across a bridge — and the border — directly to the Tijuana airport.

On the way back, U.S. customs and immigration authorities will check passports and bags at the terminal, and passengers will walk back over to the U.S., avoiding the long lines at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry.

The Tijuana airport offers flights to popular tourist destinations like Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta, as well as to the international business hubs of Shanghai and Tokyo. The San Diego business community hopes the latter will help attract more foreign investment, particularly from Asia.

“A lot of the foreign companies when they come to invest ask us how easy it is to access their headquarters,” Cindy Gompper-Graves, CEO of the South County Economic Development Council, said.

“This opens up our options and we can show them that this is a wise investment.”

Unlike San Diego’s nearly maxed-out Lindbergh Field airport, Tijuana’s airport currently operates at about 60 percent capacity, Gompper-Graves said, so there’s room for increased traffic.

The terminal could be open at the end of 2015.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | June 6, 2014 at 2:26 p.m. ― 5 months, 2 weeks ago

"Unlike San Diego’s nearly maxed-out Lindbergh Field airport, Tijuana’s airport currently operates at about 60 percent capacity, Gompper-Graves said, so there’s room for increased traffic"

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If Lindbergh Field is nearly maxed-out, why on earth are we spending over a BILLION dollars to add everything to it EXCEPT more runway space.

New restaurants, new gates, new parking structures - basically we are building a nicer place to SIT AND WAIT.

This will go down as a gigantic waste of tax payer money.

We should have relocated Miramar years ago and put the airport there.

I guess in backwards San Diego, when right wingers who wield power here are pitted against their two special interests - big business and the military - they will coddle the military.

As the article mentions, not having a well connected international airport hinders business and our economy from realizing its potential.

Since Lindbergh is "nearly maxed-out", what happens when it is FULLY maxed-out?

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Avatar for user 'yosiefteshamo'

yosiefteshamo | June 25, 2014 at 12:43 a.m. ― 5 months ago

We drive clients to Tijuana and Tijuana Airport from San Diego Airport and neighborhoods. We are wondering how this will affect out business since people can park and ride. My partner thinks we will get more and easier rides since people still have to pay for parking and don't like to leave their cars close to the border. What do you guys think. Visit http://www.CityCaptain.com for more info...

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