BFL is getting a new terminal building (FINALLY!! That old thing was outdated when Eisenhower was in office!) that should be ready sometime within the next two years.
Unfortunately, traffic to BFL
is fairly limited to business and residential - tourism to the southern end of the Central Valley is virtually non-existent. When was the last time anyone said, "gee, I'd love to see the Tule fog?" or "I wonder how hot Bakersfield REALLY is in August?". Yes, I can say that, I was born and raised there.
The real killer of BFL
has been LAX
, and now BUR
. The Airport Bus of Bakersfield runs at least eight trips a day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week from downtown Bakersfield to LAX
, stopping at each terminal. It is cheaper and safer than driving (not to mention parking!!), and if your flight is late, you can get a seat on the next bus. I don't know if the bus service has been extended to BUR
yet, but with Southwest flying in there, that has become a much more user-friendly airport for BFL
residents picking people up.
is going to start central valley service in addition to SMF
, it would most likely be FAT
. But honestly, I don't see this happening anytime soon. More than likely, BFL
will see more RJ
service, such as BFL
before any kind of mainline service returns.
And yes, the runway really is that long - it was extended to be an alternate landing site for the space shuttle (Edwards AFB is very nearby), and Air Force One has landed there before (July, 1990).
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