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Airport Innovation Lab Seeking Third Group of Innovators

Second Group Fully Engaged in 16-Week Accelerator Program

Thursday, June 13, 2019

SAN DIEGO – June 13, 2019 – The Airport Innovation Lab at San Diego International Airport (SAN) is building momentum, recruiting applicants for its third group of innovators to go through a 16-week accelerator program as the second group works its way through the program.

This new group will participate in one of two opportunity areas. One is an Interactive Children’s Entertainment Solution, and the other is termed a “wild card.” The former could be mobile, pop-up and/or temporary entertainment that could be sited next to food-and-beverage concessions. Successful ideas will provide engagement, entertainment and movement to add fun to children’s airport experiences. The latter is more wide open to welcome ideas that may not previously have been thought of, but that are viable solutions.

“We are really getting our feet under us,” said Rick Belliotti, Director of Customer Experience & Innovation. “Experience has provided a better sense of how to recruit, as well as what might work here or at other airports, or even non-airport venues.”

At the end of the program, successful innovators have the potential to win a contract from the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the airport’s owner and operator, and/or gain entrée to other airports and analogous businesses including other transportation hubs, convention centers, shopping malls and other large venues such as ball parks, theme parks and hotels.

All members of the first group recently completed the program and had the possibility of negotiating with the Airport Authority for contracts focused on parking and simplifying the airport journey. The second group was entirely open to “wild card” ideas and is testing concepts from sleep pods to interactive airport guides with audio tours and even robotic guides.

Innovators for the third group have until July 5 to apply, with the accelerator program starting in August. Ideal applicants will have an existing prototype that can be tested in a real-life airport environment, and ideas that are new to U.S. airports or an extension of an existing service or product to be tested at SAN.

“The continuing successes of the Airport Innovation Lab have the promise of enhancing the airport experience for everyone,” said Kimberly J. Becker, Airport Authority President/CEO. “For those innovations that can work at SAN, we anticipate they will create good feelings for our customers and provide the high level of customer satisfaction for which we are known.”

The unique Lab was launched to reduce barriers for innovators to break into the aviation industry. The 3,500-square-foot space in the former Commuter Terminal offers a functional mini-terminal area with ticket counters and a bag claim carousel, all without passenger or security concerns to work around.

For more information and to apply, go to



San Diego International Airport (SAN) offers nonstop services to 70 destinations in the continental U.S., Europe, Asia, Mexico and Canada.  In operation since 1928, the airport is celebrating more than 90 years of service to the San Diego region.  The airport has been managed by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority since 2003.  The Airport Authority plans for and provides air transportation services to the region with safe, effective facilities that exceed customer expectations.

Rebecca Bloomfield 
Public Information Officer | Communications 
San Diego International Airport 
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