November 16 - November 22, 2015

San Diego Airport Authority Board Selects Preferred Concept for Airport Development Plan

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Board yesterday unanimously selected "Alternative 5" as the preferred concept for the Airport Development Plan (ADP), the next master-planning phase for San Diego International Airport.

The ADP considers the future replacement of Terminal 1 and other needed improvements.

Alternative 5 can be built in the shortest period of time because it minimizes and streamlines the work needed to prepare the site for construction. It also provides a unified terminal design, providing seamless connectivity to all terminals, amenities and passenger services. Further, it offers more room for critical infrastructure and parking (if needed). A central federal inspection facility will service growing international traffic.

As part of the vote, the Board also approved the start of the environmental review process for the ADP.  That is expected to conclude in summer/fall 2017.

In 2006, a county-wide ballot measure to move the airport was defeated. Therefore, the airport will continue in its current location for the foreseeable future. The ADP is designed to identify improvements that will enable the airport to meet demand through 2035, which is approximately when projected passenger activity levels will reach capacity for the airport's single runway.

Airport Authority staff, acting under executive and Board direction, is leading the ADP process. Four alternatives were originally developed and presented to the Board and the public for feedback. Alternative 5, estimated at $2.2 billion, synthesizes that public input - it shortens the timeframe in which Terminal 1 can be replaced, and it results in the lowest construction cost of any alternative considered.

November 2 - November 8, 2015

Passenger numbers at Bob Hope Airport remain level
- LA Times

For the second month in a row, the number of passengers traveling through Bob Hope Airport was flat in September compared to the same month a year ago.

There were 318,769 passengers in September, compared to 317,060 in September 2014, missing airport projections for the month by more than 5,500 passengers.

For the first nine months of the year, there were more than 2.92 million passengers, compared to roughly 2.87 million passengers during the first nine months of last year, about a 2% increase.

Most other airports in the region also reported rises in passenger tallies for September. The number of travelers at John Wayne Airport in Orange County rose by 11%. There was a 8.4% gain at Los Angeles International Airport and a roughly 1.6% increase at Ontario International Airport.

However, at Long Beach Airport, numbers in September showed a 5.2% decline, following four months of double-digit decreases compared to 2014.

October 26 - November 1, 2015

JWA continues to serve more passengers, approaching MAP cap

In September 2015, the John Wayne Airport served 844,385 passengers, an increase of 11.0% when compared with the September 2014 passenger traffic count of 760,536.
For the nine months, year-to-date, the number of passengers served increase over 2014 by 7.1%

At the present rate, the airport could have its best year since 2007 when it served 9,979,699 passengers.  It might top the 10.0 million mark.
Under an agreement signed between the County of Orange and Newport Beach, the airport is not allowed to serve more than 10.8 million passengers.

Previously, when service approached the MAP (Million of Annual Passengers) Cap limit, airlines were forced to restrict the number of seats that they filled.

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