San Diego International Airport (SAN) opened its new, 130,000-square-foot International Arrivals facility at Terminal 2 this week. The new facility was built to accommodate the surge in international passengers traveling through the airport.

The new facility, which cost roughly $230 million, aims to improve the processing experience for passengers with reduced wait times. The number of international gates at SAN increases from three to six.

“As airlines look to add to their international networks, it is vital we have adequate facilities readily available to compete and attract new air service,” says Kimberly Becker, Airport Authority President/CEO. “With twice the number of international gates, the latest technologies, and an expanded baggage claim and passenger wait area, this new facility ensures we are equipped to provide a world-class experience for international passengers arriving into San Diego.”

The new facility, five times larger than the previous facility, is equipped with the latest technologies from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and will serve British Airways, Edelweiss Air, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Spirit Airlines.

“We are one of the first in the nation to implement 100 percent biometric or facial recognition technology for arriving international flights,” says Anne Maricich, deputy director of field operations for San Diego. “Not only will this simplify the arrival process, it is a critical step in our national security mission.”