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Nicole Hall
Senior Communications Specialist

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San Diego International Airport Commemorates Start of Construction on Terminal 2 Parking Plaza

The Parking Plaza will meet current and future demand for close-in, convenient parking

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

SAN DIEGO – September 14, 2016 – The highly anticipated Terminal 2 Parking Plaza is now under way as nearly 100 elected officials, Airport Authority Board members, business and community leaders and members of the construction team celebrated the groundbreaking today at San Diego International Airport (SAN). The cutting-edge Parking Plaza will be located in front of Terminal 2 and will have three floors with approximately 3,000 parking stalls. It will replace the existing surface parking lot for Terminal 2.

This morning, guests enjoyed remarks from Thella F. Bowens, President/CEO, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority; C. April Boling, Chairman, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority; Robert H. Gleason, Board Member, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority; and Mark Payne, Vice President, Division Manager, Swinerton Builders.

“San Diego International Airport travelers spoke and we listened,” said Thella F. Bowens. “There is great demand for more close-in parking at the airport. Kicking off the Parking Plaza construction today is an important milestone to help improve the short-term parking customer experience.”

Because of the small airport footprint (661 acres), in order to add sufficient close-in parking it necessitates building up, rather than out.

The Parking Plaza will enhance customer service by integrating state-of-the-art parking technology that will allow motorists to reserve spaces in advance, find available parking spaces, and streamline payment.

The Parking Plaza is also expected to have environmental benefits by reducing air emissions caused by vehicles that are circulating and idling while searching for an available parking space. Additionally, it will have an aesthetically pleasing design with open light wells, glass-front elevators and public art.

Parking Plaza construction will take approximately 20 months to complete and will be open for summer travel in 2018.

The Airport Authority is committed to keeping the public informed about construction. Travelers can visit for any and all parking needs while the Parking Plaza is under construction.

The site provides:

·        The ability to find the best parking lot based on the airline you’ll be flying.

·        Links to SAN’s parking reservation system for both valet, long-term and economy parking.

·        A $5 per day discount on the drive-up valet parking rate when pre-paid online.

·        Updates on construction progress.

A photo from today’s groundbreaking, a hi-res rendering of the Parking Plaza lobby and an aerial rendering are available for download here:

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