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Cross Border Xpress opens to reduce airline passenger wait times to cross U.S.-Mexico border

By 2034, it is estimated that more than 17 million passengers will transfer through Tijuana International Airport.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Leaders from San Diego County and Mexico celebrated the grand opening Monday of Tijuana International Airport's (TIJ) new $100 million Passenger Processing Facility.

The new facility is aimed at reducing Cross Border Xpress (CBX) traveler wait times.

"It will expand the capacity and make it easier, with new technology, more space, and more comfort for travelers," said Jorge Goytortua, CEO of CBX.

The new 430,000 square foot facility features six new screening lines, new immigration booths, and 52 new check-in counters, as well new boarding gates.

According to CBX, in 2021 it saw more than 2.7 million travelers. By 2034, it is estimated that more than 17 million passengers will transfer through TIJ.

Goytortua told CBS 8 this facility is part of a bigger plan for TIJ. Right now 34 destinations are connected to the airport. 

"This facility stands to expand that capacity, bringing more international service to the region. We're targeting to bring China flights and South America flights," he said.

People as young as 2-years-old can now get a rapid COVID-19 test for free, at the Cross Border Express in Otay Mesa.

The COVID vaccine and booster shot is also available to those who qualify. 

It's all funded by the California Department of Public Health. The services are available Monday through Saturday. 

CBX Facts:

  • In 2021, CBX saw more than 2.7 million travelers
  • New $100 million, 430,000 square ft. building to process passengers using CBX bridge
  • Increases security screening capacity by 75%, adding 6 new screening lines
  • Adds 6 new immigration booths
  • Adds 5 new customs review lines
  • Adds 52 check-in counters
  • Adds 2 new boarding gates
  • By 2034, it is estimated that more than 17 million passengers will transfer through TIJ

    

 

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