The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is to provide San Diego International Airport (SAN) with $110m over ten years for airfield improvements.

The administration has provided the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority with a Letter of Intent to award SAN funding for airfield improvements as a part of the facility’s New T1 programme.

The Letter of Intent indicates Federal concurrence with the benefits of the New T1 airfield improvements project and commitment to provide significant funding as future funds become available. The FAA grants will help pay for a series of airfield improvements, including new, redesigned taxiways and additional aircraft parking spots that will help reduce aircraft taxiing times, resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions, the airport authority said. 

“The FAA’s investment helps SAN and our passengers by allowing more efficient operations from the minute they arrive to the minute the depart,” said Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority president and CEO. “The airport authority team was able to demonstrate to the FAA that the airfield improvements project will provide significant enhancements and allow us to continue serving the region’s air service needs.”  

SAN’s New T1 project will replace the current Terminal 1 with a modern and efficient facility. The first phase of the New T1 project is set to be completed in 2025 with the project’s full completion anticipated in late 2028.   

Owned and operated by San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, San Diego International Airport is one of the busiest single-runway commercial service airports in the world and the third-busiest airport in California. In November 2021, the Airport Authority began construction on the New T1, which includes improvements to the airfield, improved transportation connectivity to the airport, and a new administration building. The project budget is $3.4bn and the programme is expected to create between 15,000 and 20,000 construction-related jobs.


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