New Airport Plan Takes Off-But Will It Fly?
Thursday, January 8, 2009
A retired San Diego engineer says he believes San Diego could solve its airport problems with a double-decker airport, built over water.
The San Diego Airport Trust has spent the last 8 years researching the idea - this week they are revealing the ideal location for their proposal. It is in the south end of San Diego Bay, next to Chula Vista.
Carl Luna is a professor at Mesa College and spokesperson for the Airport Trust. He says the idea meets all the criteria required for a new San Diego Airport.
Luna: " It’ll be able to provide 3 runways up to twelve thousant feet that would allow landings on the top decks, and handling of commercial traffic passenger cargo, parking and all, on the second deck and you’d be able to fit in that section in the bay and still leave plenty of room for navigation and flow of water, an airport capable of meeting the needs of San Diego for the twenty first century."
Luna says the flight pattern would cross over Point Loma but at a higher altitude than current flights out of Lindbergh Field
He says the Airport Trust would request an annual royalty if the plan is adopted.
The Trust has been keeping the location of the proposed airport a trade secret, but is now ready to open it up for public discussion.