SAN FRANCISCO—After two years of construction, the Harvey Milk Terminal 1 opened at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday, July 23. 

The first half of the terminal opened on Tuesday with nine new gates that will be used by JetBlue and Southwest Airlines. The boarding gate features a wall dedicated to Harvey Milk and his life. The display itself is 380-feet wide and features photos and other mementos from Milk’s time as an activist and member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.  

The display will stay in the boarding region for the next two years until Terminal 1 and the international terminal is connected. 

The new T1 Center, a ticket counter area and security checkpoint, will replace the wall in 2020 while it moves to a permanent inglenook in the terminal.

What the terminal would look like when finished. Source: SFO

The project started construction in 2016 and cost $2.4 billion in construction costs, but still is not finished. The airport is working on the rest of the 16 gates. Southwest Airlines is currently using Terminal 1 as an interim gate, but will soon be taken down for American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines to use in 2020. All other airlines are set to be in place by 2023.