Commercial Airline Considers Stockton

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(Stockton, CA)
Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Airport Executive Director Barry Rondinella won't disclose details of negotiations, including the identity of the airline. But he says the company feels the region's Latino population would make Stockton a lucrative market.

"We have a large population of Hispanic people that want to return home during the holidays and bring their family out here."

Rondinella says the airline is ready to service Stockton in about three months, if certain criteria are met.

"Providing we can put customs and border protection facilities in place and get staffing in place they would like to service us by Thanksgiving."
Rondinella is cautiously optimistic the airport can meet the challenge of financing and building the two million dollar project. He's looking to local and national elected officials to help secure funding.