Sacramento airport plans $1.3bn expansion

Sacramento International Airport (Matthew Corley/Dreamstime)
The Sacramento County Department of Airports has announced a $1.3bn expansion for Sacramento International Airport (SMF).

The SMForward programme involves work on six projects, including a $140m pedestrian walkway linking Terminal B and Concourse B.

Terminal A and Concourse B will be expanded to contain amenities such as a parking garage and a consolidated ground transportation centre.

There will also be a $400m rental car facility to allow passengers to hire vehicles without taking a shuttle bus.

SMForward is intended to meet projected passenger growth, which almost reached pre-pandemic levels in 2022. It is estimated that number will rise 4.1% year-on-year until 2041.

Cindy Nichol, director of the Sacramento County Department of Airports, said: “The airport experience is the first impression many people see when they arrive in Northern California – and the last as they leave.

“Over the next five years, this transformation will create world-class facilities that will enhance our customer’s travel experience while improving crucial infrastructure to meet our growth.

“Our airfield has plenty of capacity, but our parking, concourses, and roadways have several choke points. SMForward will address these issues and create an airport ready to serve the modern passenger.”

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