Monday, September 27, 2010 – 01:30 p.m.
The San Bernardino International Airports says it could serve two million passengers annually by the year 2030 and wants to expand its unused terminal to handle increased passenger flow.
Even though no airline is operating at the empty airport.
All this and more was covered in a recent article published in The Press Enterprise.
When will members of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIA) and the Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA) put a stop to all this ridiculous and unsupported rhetoric?
The two agencies have sank more than a hundred million into the former Norton Air Force Base.
This kind of talk would be a little easier to stomach if it hadn’t been coming from this same cast of characters for more than a decade.
Yes, we’ve all been hearing “the airline is coming” story for 16 years. The base officially closed in 1994.
The airport authority is actually estimating that 500,000 passengers will use the terminal this year. Who is kidding who?
The person responsible for such an assumption should be fired.
LAX/Ontario International Airport just reported another 1.2 percent drop in passenger traffic, has lost its last international airline, and SBIA is talking about two million annual passengers by 2030.
You couldn’t make this stuff up.
Undoubtedly Scot Spencer, the person with his tentacles in every facet of the airport, will get the contract to expand the empty terminal.
The projected cost to add six useless gates?
Only $70.2 million.
It’s time for the IVDA to cut off the SBIA from its addiction to wasting taxpayer dollars. It’s time for the airport go into caretaker status until the economy fully recovers and shift the focus to infrastructure and redevelopment of the surrounding project area.
If this can’t be done then it’s time for people to think about resignations.