I don't live in the Antelope Valley, so somebody from the LA
Area would know more about this than I would.
LAWA has been trying to expand the commercial potential of PMD
. Two factors have prevented it from being realized. One is that the Lancaster/Palmdale shares the same predicament as Rockford. Too close to LA
for residents of the Antelope Valley, but too far for residents of the Hollywood/Burbank area.
Also, some defense contractors have been vocal in their reluctance to see PMD
opened to more commercial use. From what I read, they see it as an inhibitor to certain projects that are undertaken by the Air Force Plant that is on field.
Although the Census Bureau doesn't list it as neither a Metropolitan or a Micropolitan Statistical Area (which I don't know why), the combined population of Lancaster, Palmdale, Rosamond, Vincent, and Quartz Hill exceeds 292,000.
America West used to have mainline service there. Would be nice if Mesa put some RJ
's back into that market.
Future Allegiant city?