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San Diego International Airport Receives $20 Million from Federal Grant

Thursday, March 2, 2023

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the Biden Administration has awarded San Diego International Airport (SAN) $20 million in discretionary grant funds as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – Airport Terminal Program. The funds will be used for the New T1 program, which will replace the current Terminal 1 with a modern and efficient facility and includes improvements to the airfield, and transportation improvements to make it easier to get to and from the airport.

"We truly appreciate the support of Senators Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein, and Congressman Scott Peters as well as our entire delegation, in making these funds available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law," said Kimberly Becker, President & CEO of San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. "The $20 million Airport Terminal Program grant will fund a portion of the New T1 project, the largest construction project in the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s history. Our purpose is to create an exceptional airport experience for the community and the world. When the project is complete, the terminal will support that purpose by making our airport more attractive to the millions of people who want to visit our beautiful city."

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests in the nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness. Ninety-nine airports across the country were awarded grants in this funding round.


Owned and operated by San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (Airport Authority), San Diego International Airport (SAN) is one of the busiest single-runway commercial service airports in the world and the third-busiest airport in California. SAN contributes nearly $12 billion in economic activity for the region by connecting the world to San Diego and San Diego to the world. In November 2021, the Airport Authority began construction on the New T1 which includes the replacement of a new Terminal 1, improvements to the airfield, improved transportation connectivity to the airport, and a new administration building. The New T1 program’s total project budget is $3.4 billion and is estimated to create between 15,000 to 20,000 construction-related jobs. For more information about the New T1 please visit For more information about SAN please visit



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