The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has declared July 21, 2009, as “McClellan-Palomar Airport Day.” The official proclamation by the supervisors commemorates the airport’s 50th anniversary, and was presented to Ramona Finnila, chairperson of the Palomar Airport Advisory Committee, by Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn.
McClellan-Palomar Airport, named as a tribute to Gerald McClellan, an aviation pioneer and civic leader in the San Diego North County area, is located in Carlsbad and recently underwent an extensive renovation, paid by FAA grants and airport enterprise funds. A new 18,000-square-foot terminal was specifically designed to reflect the local flavor of Carlsbad with a sea-sky motif. As one of the busiest single runway airports in the United States, it serves the general aviation community, corporate travelers and commercial airline customers. The airport contributes $359 million dollars annually to local North County communities.
When you fly into McClellan-Palomar Airport and walk through the new terminal, you know you have arrived at a special place. It’s not just an airport; rather, it’s an important asset that North County residents can take great pride in whether using it for aviation needs or just to visit and enjoy the amenities.
Pictured from left to right: Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn, Palomar Airport Advisory Committee Chairperson Ramona Finnila, McClellan-Palomar Airport Manger Willie Vasquez, San DiegoCounty Director of Airports Pete Drinkwater.