Ahh, the biannual "New San Diego Airport" thread....
Yeah, so what's your problem with that? Its only been an ongoing issue for 30+ YEARS!
Other sites are too environmentally sensitive due to San Diego being already over developed.
San Diego County is not "over developed;" however, there are no precious level land remaining for a possible airport site.
I have another idea for a new San Diego airport side. It reflects the idea of a bi-national airport like we have in Basle/Mulhouse.
The Bi-lateral [or cross-border] airport concept has been floated numerous times in the past 30+ years. In addition to severe political problems there would be much mountain top destruction required to add a parallel runway capable of instrument approach/departures to the border location. Everytime this option has been forwarded it has eventually been discounted due to the extreme political problems and very expensive/time consuming redistribution of land [environmentalist have had a fun time with each study to date]. Simply put, it will never happen.
It really makes no difference whether the military leaves KNKX or not.
Actually, it does matter... a great deal.
If they leave, KNKX could be "re-cycled" just as the former Bergstrom AFB was to replace KAUS's Mueller airport.
San Diego politicians had that exact opportunity when the BRAC closed NAS
offered the entire site to San Diego for $1.00. Politicians couldn't make up their mind and a year later the following BRAC closed MCAS Tustin & MCAS El Toro and consolidated those assets at [now] MCAS Miramar. IMHO, the ONE true opportunity was totally wasted due to politics.
If the military stays, KNKX could become "joint use", just like KCHS is today, as well as KABQ (It's also Kirtland AFB).
This won't happen. KNKX is much more active today than at virtually any time in its history. KCHS or KABQ or virtually any other military air station doesn't come close to the number and variety of air operations KNKX does on a daily basis. Helos, fighters, tankers, transports, etc., etc., etc. Virtually the entire USMC
west coast air operations plus much USN
activity in support of CV
ops. The rail lines are active once again moving heavy equipment in/out of KNKX to/from Camp Pendleton almost daily. Fully 1/5 of all military personnel in middle-east are San Diego based with most transiting via KNKX.
More than a few years ago when USN
was forced (USN
didn't want to close "Fightertown") to close KNKX due to BRAC, San Diego had its opportunity as the federal gov't had no active plans for the facilities. A year later, and still no activity by local governments, the following BRAC took the opportunity to consolidated USMC
air activites to KNKX (close to Camp Pendleton).
San Diego would have had the perfect airport if the Navy had closed NAS Miramar instead of transferring it to the USMC. Unfortunately they did the very curious thing of moving the F-14's and E-2's out and then closing Tustin and El Toro and moving the Marines down the road.
See the above. USN
didn't do it, politically driven BRAC's did. USN
did the best it could do under the situation it was given. BRAC had F14s & E2Cs going to NAS
Lemoore, but keeping their simulators (lots of them) at KNKX. USN
eventually got that changed so the F14s were consolidated at NAS
Oceana (with their sims) and E2Cs moved back to North Island (their original west-coast base). BRAC's later closed Tustin & El Toro [NIMBY's much stronger there than in San Diego] and eventually (after much political posturing) moved virtually all USMC
air assets to KNKX.
This has been an ongoing issue for more than 30+ years and nothing has happened in those 30+ years. Don't expect anything to come out of the latest political posturing going on now. They're not looking at anything that hasn't been throughly looked at numerous times in the past.