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Ivar C. Satero 

Ivar C. Satero Appointed as Director of San Francisco International Airport

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced the appointment of Ivar C. Satero as Director of the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), following the retirement of Director John L. Martin who has led the world class international airport for the last 20 years.  Satero is currently the Chief Operating Officer of SFO and formerly held the position of Deputy Director for Design and Construction.

“The San Francisco International Airport is our City’s gateway to the world, and I am confident that Ivar Satero’s tremendous achievements and experience will ensure SFO continues to meet the needs of a growing airport that serves 50 million passengers and generates $36 billion in economic activity for the region,” said Mayor Lee.  “SFO has been transformed under John Martin’s leadership and innovative service for the last two decades.  I look forward to working together with Ivar and the Airport Commission on our investment in the future of our airport, taking it to new heights, for our residents and visitors to enjoy for generations to come.”

Satero has worked with SFO for the last 22 years as Chief Operating Officer, as Deputy Airport Director for Design and Construction, and prior to this as Program Manager, developing, maintaining and operating one of the fastest growing airports in the world.  Satero led the development of the Airport’s five-year strategic plan. Prior to SFO, Satero worked at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission as Project Engineer, engineering projects for Muni Railway and Hetch Hetchy Water and Power as well as at the Department of Public Works as Project Engineer.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University and a Master’s in Business Administration in Finance from San Francisco State University. Satero was selected after a national search for SFO’s next airport director.  His appointment is effective July 21, 2016.


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A Masterpiece in Progress: Terminal 1 Renovation Breaks Ground at SFO

SFO held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the renovation of Terminal 1, the airport’s oldest passenger facility.  The $2.4 billion project, slated to be completed in phases from 2016 to 2024, will create an interim Boarding Area B to accommodate continued passenger activity while an entirely new structure takes shape.  The ambitious project will also create a new centralized security checkpoint, a new consolidated baggage handling system, new dining and retail concessions, and post-security connecting walkways.

“The renovation of Terminal 1 is another milestone in our City’s effort to keep SFO a world class airport, and on this day we also celebrate another milestone for SFO in Airport Director John L. Martin’s final public appearance before his retirement,” said Mayor Ed Lee.  “For more than 20 years, John’s leadership has transformed SFO into a world-class airport, reflecting all that is great about the San Francisco Bay Area.  The renovation of Terminal One is a perfect retirement gift, and the completed facility will serve as a tribute to his visionary leadership.”

“With the renovation of Terminal 1, my role at SFO comes full circle,” said Airport Director John L. Martin.  “When I assumed this position, the face of the Airport was changing dramatically, with the construction of a new International Terminal.  Over the course of 20 years, it has been my pleasure to continually take our airport experience to new heights.  The Terminal 1 renovation will once again surprise and delight travelers at SFO, delivering on the goal to create an exceptional airport experience.”

Originally opened in 1963 as the “South Terminal”, the Terminal 1 facility is the oldest passenger terminal in use at SFO.  The project will include the demolition of existing facilities and reconstruction of a new Terminal 1 Center and Boarding Area B.  An Interim Boarding Area B, made up of nine fully-operational gates, will be developed while future facilities are constructed.

Upon completion, Boarding Area B will feature a total of 24 gates, including 6 gates which can accommodate international arrivals by providing direct access to the U.S. Customs & Border Protections Federal Inspection Area.  Connecting walkways located post-security will provide easy access to International Boarding Area A and Boarding Area C.

Phasing Schedule

September 2016:    Interim Boarding Area B opens with 9 gates

December 2018:     New Boarding Area B opens with 9 gates

June 2019:              New Boarding Area expands to 17 gates

September 2020:    New Boarding Area B reaches full capacity of 24 gates

Mid-2024:               Terminal 1 Center, refreshed Boarding Area C complete

For more information, visit Terminal 1 Redevelopment.


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