The New T1 project will replace the outdated Terminal 1 with a more modern and efficient facility that will enhance the traveler experience. The project also includes improvements to the airfield and transportation improvements to make it easier to get to and from the airport.

  • Late 2021

    Airport Authority to break ground on New T1

  • Late 2023

    New Administration Building scheduled to open

  • Late 2024

    New T1 Parking Plaza scheduled to open

  • Late 2025

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

  • Late 2027

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

  • Late 2028

    Project Completion

Your First Look at the New T1

From the moment you step out onto the curb, San Diego’s unique spirit will be captured in every aspect of the airport experience.

Main Façade
Ticketing Lobby
Outdoor Terrace
Bag Claim
New Parking Plaza
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Key Features


Six public artists have been commissioned to design spaces in the outdoor plazas, ticketing lobbies, and a family play area among others.

Artist Overview

Airport Amenities

The New T1 will have upgraded amenities – including 11 new gates and more security checkpoints and gate-area seating than the current Terminal 1 – to provide a seamless and comfortable traveler experience. New restaurants and shops will ensure travelers experience a taste of San Diego and have an opportunity to purchase items needed for their trip. Additionally, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 will be connected post security eliminating passengers from having to go in and out of security for connecting flights.

Improved Access

In addition to a new terminal, the New T1 will include an on-airport access road, bicycle lanes, a pedestrian path and a direct connection to public transit to reduce traffic and improve access to the airport.

Financing Information

The Airport Authority negotiated a 10-year Airline Operating and Lease Agreement with airline partners that fully funds the New T1 and includes pre-approved funding for more than $500 million of transit and roadway improvements. The agreement was made possible thanks to a collaborative approach which ensured an outcome that met the needs of the airlines, Airport Authority, and the San Diego region.