New Cross-Border Airport Terminal Opens in San Diego, Connecting U.S. with Mexico
A new airport terminal in San Diego that connects the California city with the airport in Tijuana, Mexico opened on Wednesday. The terminal includes a bridge that crosses over a border fence separating the two countries, and leads to Tijuana International Airport.
The cross-border airport is one of only two in the world. The other one, is EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg, located in France near the Swiss and German borders.
A 525-foot (160-meter) long pedestrian bridge connects Tijuana International Airport to a 65,000-square-foot structure on the U.S. side with a U.S. customs and immigration facility as well as parking, shops, and restaurants.
Passengers can pay $18 to access the bridge, which takes approximately five minutes to cross, and parking costs $10 a day.
Prior to the opening of the terminal, passengers crossing into the United States from Tijuana had to drive 15 minutes to a land crossing, where a wait time of several hours could be expected at the U.S. border.
The cross-border terminal was originally scheduled to open in 2014 but the project saw numerous delays since being authorized by the U.S. Department of State in 2010.
Tijuana International Airport – its official designation is General Abelardo L. Rodríguez International Airport – first opened in 1958 and was designed to handle up to ten million passengers per year and 360 flights per day. Over 4.5 million passengers used the airport in 2013, and it is Mexico’s fifth busiest. Aeromexico is the primary airline operating out of the airport.
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