SFO breaks ground for Terminal 1 renovation


San Francisco International Airport (SFO) held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, June 29, to celebrate the renovation of Terminal 1, the airport’s oldest passenger facility.

The $2.4 billion project, slated to be completed in phases from 2016 to 2024, will create an interim Boarding Area B to accommodate continued passenger activity while an entirely new structure takes shape. The ambitious project will also create a new centralized security checkpoint, a new consolidated baggage handling system, new dining and retail concessions, and post-security connecting walkways.

The groundbreaking ceremony also marked the final public appearance of SFO Airport Director John L. Martin before his retirement after 20 years with the airport.

“The renovation of Terminal One is a perfect retirement gift, and the completed facility will serve as a tribute to his visionary leadership,” said Mayor Ed Lee.

Originally opened in 1963 as the “South Terminal”, the Terminal 1 facility is the oldest passenger terminal in use at SFO. The project will include the demolition of existing facilities and reconstruction of a new Terminal 1 Center and Boarding Area B.  An Interim Boarding Area B, made up of nine full-operations gates, will be developed while future facilities are constructed.

Upon completion, Boarding Area B will feature a total of 24 gates, including 6 gates which can accommodate international arrivals by providing direct access to the U.S. Customs & Border Protections Federal Inspection Area. Connecting walkways located post-security will provide easy access to International Boarding Area A and Boarding Area C.

Phasing Schedule

September 2016:    Interim Boarding Area B opens with 9 gates

December 2018:     New Boarding Area B opens with 9 gates

June 2019:             New Boarding Area expands to 17 gates

September 2020:    New Boarding Area B reaches full capacity of 24 gates

Mid-2024:              Terminal 1 Center, refreshed Boarding Area C complete

For more information, please visit: www.flysfo.com/about-sfo/airport-development/t1