The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority board unanimously selected “alternative 5” as the preferred concept for the next masterplanning phase for the project.
Four alternatives were originally developed and presented to the board and the public for feedback. Alternative 5, estimated at US$2.2bn (£1.4bn), shortens the timeframe in which Terminal 1 can be replaced and it results in the lowest construction cost of any alternative considered.
The ADP Airport Development Plan (ADP) considers the future replacement of Terminal 1 and other needed improvements.
Alternative 5 can be built in the shortest period of time because it minimises and streamlines the work needed to prepare the site for construction. It also provides a unified terminal design, with seamless connectivity to all terminals, amenities and passenger services. Further, it offers more room for critical infrastructure and parking , if needed. A central federal inspection facility will service growing international traffic.
The board also approved the start of the environmental review process, which is expected to conclude in summer or autumn 2017.
In 2006, a county-wide ballot measure to move the airport was defeated. Therefore, the airport will continue in its current location for the foreseeable future. The ADP is designed to identify improvements that will enable the airport to meet demand through to 2035, which is approximately when projected passenger activity levels will reach capacity for the airport’s single runway.