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Wednesday, July 26, 2006 | The Airport Authority makes much of the apparent dire straits which Lindbergh Field currently is said to be approaching. This mantra has been repeated since I arrived in San Diego more than 20 years ago. With much wailing and gnashing of teeth, we are assured that the airport will overflow its capacity soon; the Airport Authority’s web site states that the airport “will be unable to meet air transportation demands as early as 2015.” Why, then, does a very recent forward-looking report on airport capacity from the FAA not include our airport? Use your favorite web browser to go here, and you’ll find a document published by the FAA manager’s association in 2004. Therein, you’ll find an article entitled “INSIGHT: FAA’s Office of Airports Takes a Long, Well-Researched Look at Airport Capacity Through 2020.” The FAA studied 291 airports, and identified 42 airports that may develop a capacity problem by 2020. And nowhere on that long list will you see Lindbergh Field.

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