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The new 12 000-sqm international arrivals facility has opened at the San Diego International Airport. 

The new facility, in Terminal 2 will make use of biometric and facial recognition technology from US Customs and Border Protection to improve the processing times for international passengers. “We are one of the first in the nation to implement 100% biometric or facial recognition technology for arriving international flights,” said deputy director of field operations for San Diego, Anne Maricich. “Not only will this simplify the arrival process, it is a critical step in our national security mission.”

International gates at the airport have also been increased from three to six. The new facility will serve the following airlines: British Airways, Edelweiss Air, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Spirit Airlines. 

“As airlines look to add to their international networks, it is vital we have adequate facilities readily available to compete and attract new air service,” said Kimberly Becker, Airport Authority president and ceo. “With twice the number of international gates, the latest technologies, and an expanded baggage claim and passenger waiting area, this new facility ensures we are equipped to provide a world-class experience for international passengers arriving at San Diego.”

The airport has seen an increase of international arrivals from 50 000 passengers a year in the 1990s, to over 400 000 a year in 2017. 


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