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San Diego’s new biometric arrivals facility vital for “new air service”

The new biometric arrivals facility at Terminal 2 San Diego International Airport

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, alongside representatives from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Turner|PCL Joint Venture, unveiled, its new 12077 sqm international arrivals facility at Terminal 2 of San Diego International Airport (SAN) – one of the nation’s first airports to install and employ a full biometric entry process.

Advancing the technological infrastructure within Terminal 2 will enable San Diego International to lower boarding times, allowing the hub to better cope with the growing number of passengers flying from the airport – a rise which has seen fliers from SAN go up from about 50,000 people a year in the 1990’s to more than 400,000 last year.

“It is vital we have adequate facilities readily available to compete and attract new air service”

“As airlines look to add to their international networks, it is vital we have adequate facilities readily available to compete and attract new air service,” said Kimberly Becker, president and CEO of the Airport Authority. “With twice the number of international gates, the latest technologies, and an expanded baggage claim and passenger wait area, this new facility ensures we are equipped to provide a world class experience for international passengers arriving into San Diego.”

Officials from the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Turner|PCL Joint Venture

The new facility improves the processing experience for passengers with reduced wait times and a more welcoming environment. It features the newest technologies from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“We are one of the first in the nation to implement 100% biometric technology”

“We are one of the first in the nation to implement 100% biometric or facial recognition technology for arriving international flights,” said deputy director of field iperations for San Diego, Anne Maricich. “Not only will this simplify the arrival process, it is a critical step in our national security mission.”

The total cost of the project has been estimated at USD 229.4 million. The new facility will serve British Airways, Edelweiss Air, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines.