Visduh

Comments by Visduh

I-5 to get a few more drivers

Many locals are conflicted with this news. I won't miss those commuter craft passing over my house as they descend coming in from the north to line up for an east-west landing. (No, I'm not close enough to be under the flight path for all the traffic.) A few years ago it looked as if commuter service was at that airport to stay. The county ponied up the funds (how many $ millions did that cost?) to construct that sweet little terminal building, which replaced a much older and rather makeshift facility. Now it will go unused. Great planning and coordination on someone's part, but it's hard to figure whom to blame. A couple decades ago, there was a developer touting investments in real estate in the vicinity of Palomar airport, claiming that it would be the "next Orange County" airport, referring to the huge growth that facility had experienced in the 60's and into the 70's. Oh, I need to mention that the ads ran in the LA area, not in San Diego. And they were less than truthful, because about 1980, the county sold off much of the land it owned that was north of the runway, which was developed for commercial use. Simply put, it would never be more than a commuter airport. The cost and the layovers involved in using United Express kept me from ever using that airport, even though I'd have been willing to pay more to avoid the trip to Lindbergh and the cost of parking there. The price differential was large and the connections were not attractive. There's a wide open opportunity for some other commuter carrier or a start-up to fill the void. But don't count on that happening soon or ever.
— December 21, 2014 9:26 a.m.

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