The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has approved the McClellan-Palomar Airport master plan update, which will extend the runway by up to 800 feet. Photo courtesy of San Diego County

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has approved the McClellan-Palomar Airport master plan update, which will extend the runway by up to 800 feet. Photo courtesy of San Diego County

Early October, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the McClellan-Palomar Airport master plan update. The 20-year plan includes: installation of an engineered materials arresting system at both ends of the runway at the Carlsbad airport; shifting the runway to the north by 123 feet to increase the separation distance between the runway and the taxiway; and extending the runway, possibly in phases, by up to 800 feet for a maximum of 5,700 feet.

According to a San Diego County report, the project won’t make the airport more usable for larger aircraft, such as Boeing 737s. Even if every component of the airport master plan is executed, McClellan-Palomar won’t be able to handle the size or volume of aircrafts, or number of passengers as San Diego International or John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

The update will be divided into three phases: near-term (0-7 years), intermediate term (8-12 years) and long-term (13-20 years). The total upgrade would cost $132 million, with the county paying $43 million, while the federal government would cover the rest. By 2030, the airport will support 4,600 jobs and generate over $500 million in business-related revenue and $33 million in taxes.