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If you check out the website of Taxpayers for Responsible Planning, one of two anti-Miramar groups, you’ll see this little blurb:

Still think Lindbergh Field is too small to serve the region? First licensed in the 1930’s London Gatwick is the busiest single runway airport in the world and the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom, handling over 31 million passengers a year, flying to around 200 destinations with 70 different airlines.

Its development strategy for the future focuses on the airport’s expansion as a single runway, two terminal airport, as it grows to handle around 40 million passengers a year, within the next ten years.

Accurate or not?

Not exactly, says Leonard Kranser, who runs eltoroairport.org, a helpful site for Southern California airport news. In an e-mail, Kranser points out: “Gatwick has advantages not available in San Diego. It currently utilizes approximately 1,458 acres of a 1,675 acre site and operates 24-7.”

Lindbergh Field, as you may have heard, is 661 acres. It has a moratorium on flight departures between 11:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.

ROB DAVIS

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