Passengers can expect significant delays at the San Diego International Airport Tuesday through Friday because of the planned demolition of a pedestrian bridge at Terminal 1, authorities said.
Terminal 1 ground transportation services, including taxis, ride share, courtesy vehicles and rental car buses will be temporarily relocated to an area in the former Terminal 1 parking lot, the airport's Sabrina LoPiccolo said. All passengers using these services will need to cross the Terminal 1 crosswalk and walk toward the parking lot area.
Private vehicles will be routed through the current Terminal 1 transportation islands to drop off or pick up passengers. Passengers will be instructed to use the crosswalk located in front of Terminal 1 to access either the terminal or private vehicles.
"Everyone coming to the airport -- whether flying, picking up or dropping off -- should prepare for congestion and delays," LoPiccolo said. "Plan to arrive early and use caution when traveling through the work area. Volunteers will be stationed outside Terminal 1 to assist arriving and departing passengers."
Parking at the airport will be extremely limited. Here are some suggested options for passengers:
- Use public transit to the airport. Try the free San Diego Flyer shuttle, a last-mile connection between the Old Town Transit Center and the airport. MTS will also offer free rides on the 992 bus from the airport to downtown through Labor Day.
- Get dropped off or picked up by friends or family. Taxi, Lyft, Uber or other rideshare options are good alternatives.
- If parking at the airport, make parking reservations. They can be made for the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza or valet. If parking in the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza but flying from Terminal 1, passengers can ride the Terminal Loop Shuttle, which transports passengers between the two terminals. Reservations can be made at san.org/parking.
The new Terminal 1 Parking Plaza is expected to open in the fall of 2024.