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San Diego International Airport Seeking Third-Party Operator for Unique Innovation Lab

High-tech testing ground available for innovative airport concepts

Thursday, July 20, 2017

SAN DIEGO – July 20, 2017 – The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is seeking a third-party individual or firm to help refine, build out and operate the Innovation Lab.

Located in a 3,500-square-foot space in the former Commuter Terminal, the Lab is a functional terminal space with ticketing counters, flight information display boards, and a baggage belt. The space enables innovators to conceive, develop and test emerging technologies to drive airport innovation and enhance the passenger experience. Successful ideas can be rolled out at San Diego International Airport (SAN), other airports and even related industries such as shopping malls, hotels and convention centers, to name a few.

Because there is no other innovation lab in the U.S within a working airport space, this Lab lowers the barriers to entry to doing business within airports domestically and even internationally.

“Our airport provided proof of concept with FuelRod, a reusable and portable charging product now in 26 airports nationwide,” said Rick Belliotti, SAN’s Director of Innovation and Small Business Development. “Now we’re excited to pilot an e-commerce and delivery platform with AtYourGate and GRAB, which is set to launch this summer.”

“With a third-party operator in place by fall, we will take the Lab to the next level of pioneering business innovations and disruptive technologies,” he added.

The prevailing party will be paid a maximum of $150,000 per year for two years, with options for three one-year extensions. The scope of work includes providing project management, advising on build-out of the Lab, refinement of the website, reviewing proposal submittals and facilitating selection, and overseeing day-to-day operations.

The RFP is available for download here through PlanetBids.  For more about the Innovation Lab, visit our website at


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