Tijuana airport to open cross-border terminal
(31 July 2014)
An $80 million (US) pedestrian bridge connecting Tijuana, Mexico’s International Airport with San Diego in the US is due to open next year. The privately-funded project will allow passengers from the US to access flights from Mexico, bypassing the overcrowded San Diego airport where flights can be up to double the cost to some destinations. Over 2.4 million passengers already travel to Tijuana to access the airport each year.
Ideas about a cross-border airport between California and Mexico were first broached in the 1990s, after the passage of the North America Free Trade Agreement, but several plans fell through before the current bridge was proposed. After approval by the US State Department in 2010, construction on the bridge began on the Mexican side in July 2013, and on the US side in June 2014. Passengers crossing the bridge will pay a toll, and be required to carry passports and airline tickets. US Customs and Border Patrol officers will process passengers leaving the US.
Similar cross-border airports exist along the Swiss-French border in both Geneva and Basel, and a shuttle connects airports in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China, but the Tijuana bridge will be the first cross-border airport connection in the Americas.
Construction underway on cross-border airport terminal, 9 June 2014, Derek Staahl, San Diego 6 News, http://www.sandiego6.com/news/local/Construction-underway-on-cross-border-airport-terminal-262458631.html
Tijuana Airport Parking, Just Over the Border, 19 January 2014, by Billy Witz, New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/20/business/international/tijuana-airport-parking-just-over-the-border.html