East County News Service
December 1, 2015 (Otay Mesa) – On December 9th, a private port of entry called the Cross Border Xpress is set to open in Otay Mesa with a bridge linking the facility to the A.L. Rodriguez International Airport in Tijuana. The Tijuana airport services 4.5 million passengers each year, 60 percent of whom cross the international border.
The Cross Border Xpress will be available only to ticketed airline passengers and will be the first border crossing in California to charge a toll: $15 for those who pre-pay at the facility’s website, or $18 for those who pay at the gate. Tickets are slated to go on sale this week at www.CrossBorderXpress.com.
The facility aims to help travelers avoid long lines at other border crossings. It includes customs and immigration processing as well as an airline ticket counter, currency exchange, duty-free area and restaurant.
Travelers who use the Cross Border Xpress during its first six weeks can receive a 20 percent discount. There will be a permanent 20 percent discount for children ages 2 to 12, with passage free for babies under age 2.
Passengers should come prepared to carry or wheel luggage across the bridge, a five-minute walk, though motorized carts will be available for the disabled. The Otay facility will also have shuttle services to San Diego’s airport and downtown area, as well as taxis. Long and short term parking will also be available.