Terminal 1 parking lot closes at San Diego International Airport

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Major construction of San Diego International Airport in front of Terminal 1 will begin Sunday and continue through the end of 2024, airport officials said.

SAN DIEGO — Major construction for San Diego International Airport in front of Terminal 1 will begin on Sunday and run through the end of 2024, airport officials said.

Inbound traffic was often stop-and-go leading into San Diego International Airport on Sunday, and it’s likely to be repeated often in the near future.

The Terminal One car park has been closed, with demolition scheduled for June 15. This is part of a major facelift and expansion project that will take place over the next few years.

Airport Authority spokeswoman Larisa Casillas advised: “Arrive early, get dropped off or take other transportation to get to the airport, then it won’t be such a hassle.

Carnell Allen was an air traveler who ran into trouble “They closed the parking lot and I had no choice but to park here to put my bags down for an early check-in. Now I get a ticket, in this moment, as we speak, right there. The black car with the headlights on!” Allen said.

He moved his car off the curb before it was towed, but he had a ticket under his wiper blade.

The Terminal One car park will be replaced by a five-storey parking space. This will include two air decks and an outdoor seating area with views of downtown San Diego and the bay.

Casillas noted that there will also be terminal loop shuttles. “Let’s say, for example, if you’re flying from terminal one and had to park at terminal two, take the terminal loop and you’ll be here in minutes.”

Dates to remember

Parking will be significantly reduced this summer. The Terminal 1 lot has been closed to inbound traffic and all cars remaining in the lot will have to exit by June 14, according to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. From June 15, the Terminal 1 car park will be permanently closed.

Also on June 15, the pedestrian walkway in front of Terminal 1 that currently brings pedestrians to the T1 parking lot and ground transportation island will permanently close and be replaced by a new pedestrian walkway in front of Terminal 1.

The works will make way for a new Terminal 1 parking bay due to open in late 2024, as well as a new road on the airport that will divert westbound traffic from Harbor Drive to the airport property.

Some of the authority’s suggestions include booking parking spaces in advance at San Diego International Airport websiteusing public transportation, including the free San Diego Flyer last mile shuttle or being picked up or dropped off.

From early July, passengers can expect additional construction impacts at the terminal.

WATCH RELATED: SANDAG Plans New Transit Center to Get People to San Diego Airport Faster (April 2022).

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