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The Mexican government is interested — officially — in a cross-border terminal that would be built to link San Diegan travelers with Tijuana’s airport.

That will allow the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority to start a $385,000 feasibility study to determine whether any demand exists for a terminal that would allow San Diego passengers to more easily access flights out of Tijuana Rodriguez International Airport, where flights serve different destinations than Lindbergh Field — including twice-weekly direct service to Japan.

The authority had approved the study last month, contingent on receiving a formal statement of interest from the Mexican government.

Luis Cabrera, consul general of the Mexican consulate in San Diego, penned a letter to authority Chairman Alan Bersin confirming his government’s interest.

Mexico’s secretariat of communications and transportation is “highly interested in continuing to discuss it,” Cabrera wrote to authority Chairman Alan Bersin.

“The feasibility research,” Cabrera wrote, “… will be an important element for further consideration of this binational project, which will undoubtedly encourage economic growth of the San Diego-Tijuana region in benefit of all its inhabitants.”

For more on the cross-border airport idea, read my February story about the challenges it faces.

ROB DAVIS

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