San Diego closer than ever to Tijuana

The Tijuana International Airport is bracing for a new influx of passengers when a bridge connecting its terminal with San Diego opens in a year’s time.

Work on the binational project known as the Puerta de la Californias started last fall and is more than half finished, according to Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP), the airport’s operators. The project is expected to cost around 14 million dollars.

The 180-meter bridge will allow people to enter the United States without having to leave the Tijuana airport. The fee for using the bridge will be between 13 and 17 dollars.

Entering the United States from Tijuana at the Otay and San Isidro crossings currently takes an average of three hours.   The estimated crossing time at the airport bridge will be 30 minutes, GAP says.

Tijuana is the second most popular destination in Mexico for travelers from Guadalajara, after Mexico City, GAP notes.