Great things are on the way.

When Terminal 1 opened in 1967, it served 2.5 million passengers in its first year. In 2019 the same facility served approximately 11 million passengers. Today, SAN is the busiest single-runway commercial airport in the nation. For about half of our passengers, Terminal 1 provides their first — and sometimes last — impression of San Diego. We want it to be a great one.

The New T1 will replace the current Terminal 1 with a modern and efficient facility that will improve your airport experience and complete the transformation of San Diego’s air transportation gateway.

Giving you more of what you love.

You expect San Diego’s airport to have all the best our sunny, binational region has to offer – easy check-in, delicious local food, light-filled spaces, a view of the bay, interesting artwork, enhanced access to and from the airport, and good feelings every step of your journey. After many years of extensive community outreach and input, we’re ready to create a new terminal that reflects all the things we love about our region.

Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll see in San Diego’s New T1.

Art

We think building a new terminal is both an art and a science. That’s why we’ve curated a best of the best design-build team, which includes internationally renowned artist James Carpenter, along with Turner-Flatiron and Gensler joint venture team. Together, this dream team is reimagining the New T1 building. We’ve also commissioned six artists to design spaces in the outdoor plazas, ticketing lobbies, and a family play area, so you can hang out and relax in style before you fly.

Artist Overview

Amenities

To give you the seamless and enjoyable travel experience you deserve, the New T1 will offer plenty of options for shopping and dining, as well as more gate-area seating. The new TSA checkpoint will be streamlined to make getting through security as stress-free as possible. We’ll add 11 new gates, for a total of 62 gates, and we’ll make moving between the terminals easy, giving you the freedom to experience everything SAN has to offer.

Improved access to and from SAN

Getting to and from the airport is a big part of your journey. The New T1 will improve transportation and mobility with a new on-airport access road, bicycle lanes, and a pedestrian path, to reduce traffic and improve access to the airport. We’re also dedicating space right outside the terminals to provide a future direct connection to the region’s public transit network.

Sustainability

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at SAN. The New T1 construction and design will reflect our industry-leading commitment to sustainability through energy and water conservation, as well as clean-air and zero-waste initiatives. Our goal is to achieve LEED Gold certification for the New T1.

Sustainable features will include:

  • Expanded electric vehicle charging
  • Solar power
  • Hydrant fueling system, eliminating the need for tanker trucks
  • Electric shuttle service
  • Expanded stormwater system

Milestones

  • Late 2021

    Airport Authority to break ground on New T1

  • Late 2023

    New Administration Building scheduled to open

  • Late 2025

    Phase 1A of New T1 scheduled to open, including new 19 gates

  • Late 2027

    Phase 1B of New T1 scheduled to open, including final 11 gates

  • Late 2028

    Project Completion

Check out our first flythrough video

Get a bird’s eye view of the initial design for San Diego’s new Terminal 1.

See how time flies.

Our current Terminal 1 was built for a 1967 San Diego, a time and place with fewer people, planes, and passports (but just as much sunshine, surf, and sea). In the past three years, we’ve held more than 100 community meetings and listened closely to what you wanted from a New T1. The result? A state-of-the-art terminal inspired by the people and places we love about San Diego.

Let’s take a look at where we’ve been over the years, and where we’re headed.

Away you go
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