Looking at the traffic into and out of SAN right now... why again do we need another airport?
It's called peak traffic. No way around it with an O&D airport. Slot allocation is possible, but you'll pay for it. In addition to that, you have road access problems. Not in front of the airport, but getting to and from the freeways.
We're obviously not even near pushing the envelope of Lindbergh Field's maximum operational capacity.
You'd be surprised. San Diego is the busiest single runway in the US. Due to noise abatement, it only has a 17 hour window each day for departures. People say Orange County is over crowded. San Diego has twice as many commercial operations.
I don't think the answer is moving the airport far, far away, forcing passengers to take maglev trains or commuter planes to catch their flight... that'd create problems, not solve them.
Neither do I, which is why Miramar is the best option. 95% of the travelers are in a 45 minute drive radius as opposed to 65% today. The other options will remain on the table in the event all else fails. Something will have to be done. San Diego has survived as long as it has through growth in aircraft capacity, however SWA accounts for better than 30% of the enplanements and they aren't getting bigger aircraft. They will meet demand by adding flights. The others are also approaching max aircraft size. When I was there, DL
operated 737/757 mix with one 767. I flew out the other night and DL
had 3 767's on the ground. Just one example.
On a side note, one of my previous job titles included "specialist". I made 8 dollars an hour and my job was to patrol the facility in an official looking manner. My opinions held no weight in any aspect of the company, I was there to walk in circles like a mindless idiot. In that line of work, specialist was a title that made up for the fact that you had no real objective, you were just there to look like you were doing something important when you really weren't. Everyone important had a title that didn't include "specialist", for example, the people who mopped up spills were called "janitors".
Specialist is a nationally adopted title. Some airports use Management Specialist, others Coordinator or Supervisor. Much depends on the organizational structure. A Specialist will make anywhere from $65K (SAN
) to $86K (LAX
) per year base salary depending on the airport. The interns there we're making $12 an hour.