Milestones

The New T1 project will replace the outdated Terminal 1 with a more modern and efficient facility that will enhance the traveler experience.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 broke ground on New T1

  • Late 2023

    New Administration Building opened

  • Late Summer 2024

    New T1 Parking Plaza Stage 1 opens

  • Late Summer 2025

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

  • Early 2028

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

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
Curbside
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Ambrogio 15 (opening in 2025)
Better Buzz (opening in 2025)
Carnitas Snack Shack (opening in 2028)
Chick Fil-A (opening in 2028)
Cutwater Restaurant & Bar (opening in 2025)
El Pez (opening in 2028)
Gaslamp Marketplace (opening in 2028)
Herb & Air (opening in 2025)
Hip & Humble (opening in 2028)
Kettner Exchange (opening in 2028)
Lofty Coffee (opening in 2025)
Luna Grill (opening in 2025)
McDonald’s (opening in 2025)
Mostra Coffee (opening in 2028)
Mr. Moto Pizza (opening in 2028)
NOVECIENTOS GRADOS (900°) – A Tony Hawk Public House (opening in 2025)
NOVO brewing (opening in 2028)
Puesto (opening in 2028)
Parfait Paris (Opening 2025)
SIP Wine & Beer (opening in 2025)
The Taco Stand (opening in 2025)
Understory Bar & Restaurant (opening in 2028)
Goods Univision Travel Store, No Boundaries (opening in 2025)
Liberty Station Gifts (opening 2025)
SAN Supply Co. and Goods Express @ SAN (opening in 2025)
The Commissary (opening 2028)
The Arts District Market (opening 2025)
WHSmith (Opening 2028)
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Key Features

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.