The completed pedestrian skybridge to the Tijuana airport.
The completed pedestrian sky bridge to the Tijuana airport. Courtesy Cross Border Xpress

San Diegan airline passengers will be able to walk directly to Tijuana International Airport when a unique, 390-foot pedestrian sky bridge opens on Wednesday morning.

The new Cross Border Xpress is a full-service, 24-hour airline terminal in San Diego from which passengers can depart to daily flights from Tijuana to 34 destinations throughout Mexico as well as Tokyo and Shanghai.

It was designed in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Customs and Border Protection, and normal passport, visa and other border-crossing protocols will be followed.

“This will be a great new option for travel between the U.S. and Mexico,” said Jerry Sanders, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. “It is unique in the world, and we expect the CBX will be a catalyst for economic growth in our region on both sides of the border.”

Carlos Laviada, an investor in the project, predicted it “will transform the border crossing experience for millions of travelers.”

The terminal is located between the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa border crossings off State Route 905 on 2475 Otay Pacific Drive. Secure, fenced short- and long-term parking is available.

Crossing is free during the first week. Afterwards, it will cost $18 each way, with a 20 percent discount for seniors and children aged 3-12. Children 2 and under are free.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.