Sonoma County Airport Upgrades to Make Flying into Wine Tasting Easier
One of the best slices of the nifty fifty is getting an airport upgrade, and if everything goes through as planned you’ll soon be flying right into California wine country—get your corkscrews ready. Officials in Sonoma County are kicking around an idea to upgrade and update things at the area’s airport, and hopefully that’ll bring in a few more flights. Right now there’s just one option thanks to Alaska Airlines, so that means your weekend of wandering through the vineyards usually starts by driving from San Francisco or Sacramento.
In total it looks like they’re thinking about spending around $84 million—give or a take a few bucks—on all the improvements and expansions at the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport. The board of supervisors has already approved the spending, but it sounds like there’s a few more stamps, seals, and signatures needed before the hardhats and bulldozers arrive on site. The final decision is expected within the next week or so, and then it might just be full speed ahead.
Some of the major changes to the airport include some serious runway expansion. Of course there was some concern regarding potential environmental impact, but apparently the promise of more flights outweighed any of the negatives. If all goes well the years ahead would also bring a new passenger terminal, some air cargo facilities, and even some new stuff for the control tower.
Much of the continued expansion depends on attracting new flights, but the good news is that Frontier and Alaska Airlines are already interested in bringing in some new planes and passengers. We’ll keep our eyes—and wine glasses—on developments, and will let you know when things start moving and shaking.