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S.D. Airport Authority Discusses Expanding Lindbergh Field

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Aired 4/19/09

San Diego’s regional Airport Authority will talk about the future of Lindbergh Field this morning. Voters rejected the authority’s recommendation to negotiate a move to Miramar, and the question now is how best to expand Lindbergh. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

This is the last meeting of this Airport Authority board. It officially dissolves at midnight tonight. But Board Chair Joe Craver says before they go, they’ll consider whether the master plan that’s on the table to expand Lindbergh Field is really the best way to maximize its potential.

Craver: It was clear to the board that Lindbergh at some time is going to run out of capacity, and I think it’s is a very legitimate concern of the board members OK what now? Is there a way that we could improve on the proposed master plan that would buy as a few more years.

Some argue it’s time to adopt a more ambitious master plan with new terminals close to Interstate Five. Immediate expansion plans only call for 10 more gates and extra parking off Harbor Drive. A new board will pick up where this one leaves off, starting in January.  Alison St John KPBS News.

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