Lindbergh Field opened the first part of the $1 billion Green Build project recently when it doubled the number of security checkpoint lanes to 12 at Terminal 2, or the farthest western terminal.

The new checkpoint is nearly six times larger than the previous one, and with the expanded space reduces the time that passengers must wait to be cleared before boarding, according to officials at the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the agency that manages the airport.

The expanded space provides a special lane dedicated to handling first class and priority needs passengers as well as another lane for families, special needs and flight crews.

During busy or peak holiday travel periods the new checkpoint area, located just west of the former area, can easily open to the full 12 lanes, officials said.

A new ticket lobby next to the security checkpoint area is expected to open in May.

Construction at the terminal that began in 2009 continues to be on schedule and on budget and should be completed in August, airport officials said.

Until then, travelers are reminded to plan ahead and allow extra time to negotiate all the various impediments that accompany the largest improvement project in the airport’s history.

— SDBJ Staff Report