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Tijuana International Airport (TIJ)

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Cross-border airport bridge to link Tijuana with San Diego
Backers said the project would benefit both the U.S. and Mexico, but skeptics remain.
By Sandra Dibble11:45 P.M.SEPT. 5, 2013

TIJUANA — A long-standing plan for a cross-border bridge used exclusively by passengers of Tijuana international airport is moving forward, with developers announcing this week that they have started construction on the Mexican side despite Mayor Carlos Bustamante’s continued opposition.

“This is a project that benefits the community,” said Miguel Aliaga, director of investor relations for Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, or GAP, a Mexican holding company that operates the Tijuana airport and 11 others across Mexico. He and other proponents have pointed to the 28 domestic and two foreign designations served by the airport.

The privately developed project, dubbed the “Gateway to Las Californias,” consists of a 525-foot-long pedestrian bridge connecting the A.L. Rodríguez International Airport directly with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection station in Otay Mesa. It requires multiple government permits on both sides of the border, but developers said most of those sign-offs have been obtained after years of effort.

The developers envision that by the end of 2014, ticketed airline passengers who pay a toll will be able to cross the U.S.-Mexico border within minutes in both directions.

The project’s larger component is financed by U.S.-based investors, and previous estimates have put the price tag at close to $78 million. That amount includes the cost of land, the bridge construction on both sides of the border and building the mixed-use structure that would house shops, restaurants and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection station.

Construction on the U.S. side would last about 15 months, she said Thursday.
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/05/tijuana-airport-terminal-bridge-construction/
 

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Interesting. So who's the real target consumer here? Is it aimed at those seeking super-discount and not worried about the airline they fly?

Hard for me to see this as much of a player since you only have the south SD people for potential customers and they are not particularly Asian or business oriented. From North County or the OC you might as well go to LAX and get a huge variety of choices.
 

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Interesting. So who's the real target consumer here? Is it aimed at those seeking super-discount and not worried about the airline they fly?

Hard for me to see this as much of a player since you only have the south SD people for potential customers and they are not particularly Asian or business oriented. From North County or the OC you might as well go to LAX and get a huge variety of choices.
you can fly to Cancun ($200 round trip) or Cabo ($150 round trip) with airlines like Volaris.


http://www.shuttleincancun.com/images/shuttleincancun2_2.jpg
 

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Cross-border airport bridge opens next month

Ticketed airline passengers crossing between San Diego and Tijuana will soon have a new option. A 390-foot pedestrian bridge linking Tijuana’s A.L. Rodríguez International Airport directly to Otay Mesa is set to launch operations on Dec. 9.

Users of the privately operated port of entry, called the Cross Border Xpress, will be charged for each crossing. Enrique Valle, chief executive officer of Otay Tijuana Ventures, builder and operator of $120 million facility, said Friday that the toll will be $15 for those who purchase tickets ahead of time on the facility’s website — and $18 for those who pay on location.

The only port of entry on the U.S. border that connects directly to an airport in Mexico, the Cross Border Xpress also will be the first on the California border where users will be charged a toll. Only ticketed airline passengers will be able to use the facility.

The bridge will offer these travelers a faster way to cross the border, avoiding long lines at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry. It connects the Tijuana airport with a facility on the U.S. side that includes an area for U.S. customs and immigration processing, but also airline ticket counters, currency exchange facilities, a duty-free area, and a restaurant.
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com...s-border-pedestrian-bridge-tijuana-san-diego/
 
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