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Thursday, May 23, 2024
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Slim Majority Favors Airport Relocation Poll

A survey of registered voters within the county showed that a majority would vote in favor of a new regional airport to replace Lindbergh Field.

San Diego-based CIC Research Inc. surveyed 1,600 people in the fall. Some 45 percent of respondents initially said they would vote to relocate the airport, while 32 percent said they would not and 23 percent were undecided.

However, those numbers changed after respondents were told:

The Downtown airport is expected to reach capacity by 2015 despite planned improvements,

It would take at least 15 years before a new airport could be built, and

Local tax dollars won’t be required for financing.

After hearing the argument for relocating San Diego International Airport, an additional 10 percent replied that they would vote for a new airport.

The state Legislature has mandated that the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority board recommend a site for a new airport and place that recommendation on a countywide ballot in November 2006. Among a short list of potential sites are three active military installations within the county and one in Riverside County. Other sites have been identified in Campo, Borrego Springs and Imperial County. Expanding Lindbergh Field is also a possibility.

The airport agency’s board has stated that it will not study the county’s military bases until an initial list of bases that may be closed in the Base Realignment and Closure process, known as BRAC, is released in mid-May.

Connie Lewis

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