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"We've added a lot of new features that business travelers, especially, will appreciate" said airport spokeswoman Katie Jones, "including separate arrival and departure roadways and 27 curbside self-service check-in kiosks under a canopy out front."
SAN does not yet participate in the TSA's PreCheck program offering expedited passage through security, but with a possible 12 lanes (up from six) at the checkpoint, "there will be shorter lines everywhere," she said.
Inside the terminal, travelers will find 10 new gates, $6 million worth of fresh art and at least 800 new seats equipped with cup holders, power outlets and USB ports. Club lounges for United and Delta Air Lines, each with a view of the airfield, are a floor above Sunset Cove, the greatly expanded concessions area. For those traveling with their pets, there's also an indoor pet-relief area with faux grass and a red hydrant by Gate 46.
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Dining options include Saffron, Bubbles Seafood & Wine Bar, Seaside Stack Shack, Stone Brewing Co., Phil's BBQ and the first Jack in the Box to open in an airport. New service and retail outlets include branches of the Be Relax Spa and Warwick's of La Jolla, a locally owned bookstore.