Thursday, May 11, 2006
Stockton’s airport eyes mixed use future
- Passenger service, air freight hub expected
- But growth could be crimped by encroaching homes
The Central Valley (CA) Business TimesSTOCKTON – Stockton Metropolitan Airport officials see better days about to land at the Central Valley facility. Allegiant Air starts Stockton to Las Vegas service June 16 and AeroMexico is expected to begin international service in November, says Barry Rondinella, Airport Director. June 16 is also the last day for United Parcel Service to use the Stockton airport for airfreight, but Mr. Rondinella says a much bigger airfreight service could soon land at the airport.
Also on tap is development of some 500 acres of land into a high-end office campus, unlike anything in the Stockton area but similar to business and industrial campuses in Silicon Valley, he says.
But a problem common to urban airports around California may soon creep up on the Stockton airport – encroaching housing developments underneath take-off and landing patterns with the attendant noise of big jets.
Mr. Rondinella goes into detail of these and other aspects of the airport in this CVBT audio report.
Airport Director Barry Rondinella says AeroMexico should be serving Stockton by November.
Listen to the audio interview: