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Destination…Lindbergh Field! Exciting Airport Expansion Makes Flying Fun!
By Carol LeBeau
12/17/2013 3:40:12 PM


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I’m not a great traveler.  Friends make it look easy, but for me, it’s a struggle.  I don’t mean to whine, but planning and packing are a pain.  I hate turbulence and I miss my bed!  

But the worst part is the airport.   It’s just so chaotic!  Hustling to get bags checked…frantically navigating the crowds, security lines and crowded bathrooms only to finally arrive at the gate just in time for the battle to board!

Well, no more!  The newly expanded Terminal 2 at Lindbergh Field is actually making traveling in and out of San Diego fun!  In fact, I may just get there early for my next trip…relax and enjoy the amenities of the new, state-of-the-art expansion that’s put a fresh face on our aging airport.

The additions to the gorgeous, new 445,000-square-foot terminal include 10 new gates, a dual-level roadway for arriving and departing passengers (reminds me of the “Jetsons!”) fabulous new eating and shopping options and lots of space!

Thella Bowens, president and CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, says the expansion takes Lindbergh Field to “a new level.”
 
I think that’s an understatement.

The gates are furnished with outlet-equipped seating, free water-bottle refilling stations and clean, contemporary terrazzo flooring.  There’s new artwork to enjoy, six new gates, comfortable, new seating and other amenities…including the airport’s first post-security animal relief area complete with fire hydrant!

The terrazzo flooring makes the trip to baggage claim like a walk on the beach.  Lay in geometric bands in shades of ocean blue, gray, green and sand, it’s also integrated with a matrix of marbles, shells and glass. You can almost feel the sand between your toes!

The heart of the terminal aptly called “Sunset Cove,” a dining area that provides a stunning, panoramic view of the airport.  The lighting is breathtaking.  Called “The Journey,” art lights sparkle throughout the corridor.  A stunning Swarovski crystal fixture is the “Cove’s” centerpiece.

Returning from a recent trip, it was hard to believe I was in an airport let alone Lindbergh Field!  

And then there’s the food! Restaurants in Sunset Cove include Saffron, Bubbles Seafood Wine Bar, Seaside Stack Shack, Qdoba, Red Mango and Tommy V’s Pizzeria.   San Diego favorites Stone Brewing Company and Phil’s BBQ are also there just to make you feel at home.

Finally, be sure to allow yourself some time for a little shopping.  You can browse the books at Warwick’s, check out the cool stuff at Brookstone or sample a new shade of lipstick at Clinique.  While husband, Tom, was distracted at the PGA Tour Shop, I was trolling Brighton Collectibles for a gift and we still made it to our flight on time!

Years in the making, the beautiful build-out is finally complete.  I think you’ll find it was well worth the wait.

By the way, the expansion project…dubbed “The Green Build,” by airport officials is not only beautiful, it’s receiving much-deserved accolades and awards for energy efficiency.  

Bravo Airport Authority!  (I can’t wait for my next trip.)