Study to gauge interest in terminal tied to Tijuana

SAN DIEGO -- Regional airport officials in San Diego have launched a study to gauge consumer and airline interest in a possible cross-border airport terminal tied to Tijuana.

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority recently hired a consulting firm to spearhead the $385,000 study, which will analyze the market feasibility of a binational facility.

Authority officials say a border terminal would give San Diego passengers easier access to flights out of Tijuana's Rodriguez International Airport.

One option likely to be weighed is whether to build a passenger walkway across the border or a full-blown facility on the U.S. side with ticket and check-in counters.

The Mexican government recently expressed interest in the idea. It is being promoted by the South County Economic Development Council.

The Airport Authority operates Lindbergh Field and guides long-range airport planning in the county.