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Expanded Terminal 2 opens Tuesday at Lindbergh Field

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The 445,000-square-foot expansion of Terminal 2 at Lindbergh Field is scheduled to fully open to the public Tuesday.

The additions have been opening in stages since April, and include 10 new gates, a dual-level roadway for arriving and departing passengers, and new eating and shopping options.

"We can't wait to unveil this beautiful project to the San Diego County community," said Thella Bowens, president and CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. "These improvements will provide an easier, more pleasant traveling experience for passengers, while enabling San Diego International Airport to serve the region's air travel needs for years to come."

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, area business and civic leaders lauded the expansion for enhancing the economic activity in the region, including providing more than 7,000 construction and related jobs during the recession.

"We made a strong commitment to providing opportunities for small and local businesses to earn work on this project, and those efforts were a huge success," said Robert Gleason, chairman of the board of the airport authority.

The project, which airport officials called "The Green Build," is also expected to receive a top certification for energy efficiency.

The project was completed on-time and around $45 million under its $1 billion budget, according to the airport authority.

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