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Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 12:22 pm

Share your thoughts: New destinations from expanded Sonoma County Airport?

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    NBBJ Pulse Poll

    A number of readers suggested new airline destinations from Santa Rosa. Which of these do you prefer?

    • Phoenix (43%, 6 votes)
    • Orange County (57%, 8 votes)
    • Santa Barbara (21%, 3 votes)
    • Atlanta (0%, 0 votes)
    • Reno (7%, 1 votes)
    • Boise (14%, 2 votes)
    • Other (21%, 3 votes)
    • More flights to existing destinations (Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego) (7%, 1 votes)

    Total voters: 14
    Polling period: September 18, 2013 @ 12:30 pm – October 2, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

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    Which of these oft-discussed destinations would you like to see served from the expanded Sonoma County Airport?

    • Denver (58%, 53 votes)
    • Salt Lake City (15%, 14 votes)
    • Las Vegas (37%, 34 votes)
    • Other (22%, 20 votes)

    Total voters: 92
    Polling period: September 11, 2013 @ 12:00 pm – September 18, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

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    SANTA ROSA — Construction is officially underway in the runway expansion of the Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport, a project that will bring the airport’s runways up to current federal standards and potentially attract new commercial airlines and add destinations.

    With four distinct phases, the project is expected to be completed in late 2014.

    A number of commercial carriers have expressed interest in providing flights from the airport in recent years, including Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways, according to airport officials.

    Regional leaders in business and tourism have speculated that an expanded list of destinations could be a significant economic boost, particularly for eastbound destinations such as Denver and Salt Lake City.

    “If we have an airport here that serves eastbound traffic, we will clearly put Sonoma County on the map in the business community,” said Jonathan Coe, president and chief executive of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce.

    He noted that companies such as Medtronic and Agilent Technologies have large units in Sonoma County and are often users of eastbound flights from hubs like San Francisco or Oakland.

    Ken Fischang, chief executive of Sonoma County Tourism, said that visitors arriving via Sonoma County Airport add around $1.5 billion to the county’s economy and generate around $95 million in taxes. A total of around 7.5 million people visit the county every year, he said.

    [Read more of "Sonoma County Airport expansion project gets off ground," Sept. 9, p. 1.]

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    1. September 11, 2013, 12:36 pm

      by Mimi Collins

      Fresno because I have family there and driving to and from is way too long and can be a nightmare.

      Also, how about Phoenix???

    2. September 11, 2013, 3:08 pm

      by Mary Huson

      Would love to get to Boise, Idaho

      Getting too hard to drive

    3. September 11, 2013, 10:47 pm

      by Amber

      Phoenix would b great.

    4. September 12, 2013, 12:18 pm

      by Bob Dreyer

      Service to smaller cities probably doesn’t make sense.

      Because SoCo is increasingly dependent on tourism why not have a cooperative marketing program which involves the airport, airlines, and the wine/tourism industry.

      Just like Las Vegas. Air carriers could offer discounted weekend packages which include hotel stays and wine tastings. This would likely require focusing on larger markets in order to target more affluent consumers. A lot more flights to LA, San Diego, Seattle, etc.

    5. September 12, 2013, 1:50 pm

      by Terry Cobb

      Add Orange County (John Wayne) and Burbank. I have companies I represent that are in Anaheim, Van Nuys and Costa Mesa. I would rather they fly in to Santa Rosa than fight with the traffic coming up from SFO or OAK.
      Plus, SoCo families could fly to Disneyland, Universal Studios and Magic Mountain for weekend fun.

    6. September 12, 2013, 8:43 pm

      by Christy Albers

      Las Vegas please! I was so looking forward to flying to Vegas and then you stopped flying there! I heard from other people who flew there from Santa Rosa that their flight was full, so I am not sure why you stopped. Maybe as a stop on the way to Phoenix or something?

    7. September 12, 2013, 8:57 pm

      by Christy Albers

      After reading other comments I am shocked you don’t already have flights to Orange County. That seems like an obvious and great choice! You really don’t want to have to fly into LAX to go to Disneyland and package deals there would be a great way to go.

    8. September 13, 2013, 1:42 pm

      by me

      Santa Barbara!! Please!

    9. September 14, 2013, 12:16 am

      by Nan

      How about Reno, NV? But only if the fares are as low as they are with Southwest Airlines Reno to Oakland and vice verse! 80 can be a real pain & gas burner!!

    10. March 11, 2014, 12:48 am

      by George Prince

      Orange County us an absolute must! Very high disposable income for travelers wanting to vacation in Sonoma and Napa. This is a “no brainier”.

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