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County Spends $24 million on Airport Termiinal

San Diego County has opened a new $24 million terminal at the McClellan Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

San Diego County has opened a new $24 million terminal at the McClellan Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.


Passengers arriving and departing from McClellan Palomar Airport in Carlsbad used to

pick up their baggage from a truck on the tarmac … now there is an official baggage claim area near the new concrete and glass terminal building next to the airstrip.

Sky West runs seven trips a day to LAX and Vision Airlines flies twice a week to Laughlan, Nevada

Assistant Airport Manager Olivier Brackett says the County hopes to attract more airlines with the addition of the new terminal Building.

Brackett:  We would like to be able to offer the public more service from this airport. We think that with these new facilities, maybe other airlines will take a look at us. The passengers are telling us the Bay Area would be the number one destination they’d like to travel to, number two would be Vegas.

Brackett says the airport is currently not a money maker for the County.  He says the runway is too short for larger regional jets to land and take off fully loaded.

Alison St John, KPBS news.