Commentary –  – As San Diego evolved from a sleepy Navy town into a big city with tourism, its major industry, its waterfront airport, became woefully inadequate.

With a single and relatively short runway, Lindbergh Field cannot handle larger, transoceanic jets. But even if it could, its jam-packed terminals can’t adequately process current passengers. The airport has maxed out at just under 17 million passengers a year and can’t tolerate any more planes or bodies.

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