Stockton Metropolitan Airport
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors has paved the way for the Stockton Metropolitan Airport and a major Mexican airline to service the Central Valley.
Now that the county has signed off on an agreement between the Stockton Airport and Aeromexico Airlines to provide service between the valley and Guadalajara, airport Director Barry Rondinella says he's focusing on constructing a terminal for the federal agencies that will oversee international flights.
"It's the first step to providing the staffing that we need from Customs and Boarder Protection to operate an honest to goodness international airport."
That facility will cost about two million dollars. Most of the money is expected to come from the federal government.
The earliest Aeromexico will be servicing Stockton would be next summer, although Rondinella says it will likely be the fall of 2006 before the first flight takes off.
Aeromexico will have at least three weekly departures and arrivals at Stockton, but depending on demand, that number could double by the time the service is implemented.