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Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 9:02 am

Share your thoughts: Impact of new San Diego flights on tourism, business activity

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    Commercial airline flights to and from San Diego are set to start at Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport on June 4 and 5.

    Will the new airline flights between Santa Rosa and San Diego increase North Bay tourism and business activity?

    • Yes (65%, 58 votes)
    • No (20%, 18 votes)
    • Don't know (15%, 13 votes)

    Total voters: 89
    Polling period: May 30, 2012 @ 8:00 am – June 5, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

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    This NBBJ Pulse Poll runs through June 5. View other polls.

    Seattle-based Alaska Airlines, whose subsidiary Horizon Air is the only airline serving Santa Rosa, in January announced a changeup in flights in and out of Sonoma County. Service to and from Las Vegas are ending as San Diego flights are beginning.

    Alaska Airlines said passenger travel between Las Vegas and Santa Rosa wasn’t up to company targets.

    San Diego is a hub for high-technology innovation, particularly in biotechnology. The North Bay also has clusters of biotechnology and medical device development, such as Medtronic and TriVascular in Santa Rosa as well as BioMarin Pharmaceutical and Buck Institute for Research on Aging both in Novato.

    Take this week’s NBBJ Pulse Poll and leave your insights below on how easier access to San Diego will affect the local economy.

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    1. May 31, 2012, 8:15 am

      by KEPC

      I don’t understand Alaska Airlines’ claim that flights from Santa Rosa to Las Vegas didn’t bring in enough profits. I took those flights several times. They were always fully booked. I think it is nice that flights to San Diego are now available from the Charles Schultz airport. But I wish Alaska Airlines, or some other carrier, would resume the flights to Las Vegas as well.

    2. May 31, 2012, 10:01 am

      by zuma

      I think more Sonoma county tourists will go to San Diego than those from San Diego coming here!

    3. June 2, 2012, 2:19 pm

      by boethius

      I can’t imagine there will even be a fraction of the passenger traffic going to San Diego compared to what was going to Vegas (though no doubt the numbers are lower now because of the heat this time of year in Vegas). I can see the value – around this time last year I drove the whole family down to San Diego and the worst part of it wasn’t the 6 or so hours to get to L.A. it was the terrible traffic in between San Diego and L.A. that was the real killer – so on a personal level it sounds great, but I am just wondering where all the passengers are coming from.

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