New, larger terminal for Sonoma County Airport slated for 2019

A backpack on his shoulders and sandals on his feet, Healdsburg sculptor T Barney was waiting for his luggage to arrive Wednesday at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport, with only a few dozen other travelers on hand.

Barney, who flies out of the local airport about eight times a year, said the terminal is rarely crowded. But if there were more than seven flights a day — a prospect he favors in hopes it would cut down on delays — Barney said a larger terminal might be justified.

“I would vote for the expansion,” he said.

But he won’t have to, since the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved financing this week for a $20 million project that will more than double the size of the terminal and the number of parking spaces at the west end of Airport Boulevard.

Nor will taxpayers foot the bill, since the financial plan approved Tuesday involves a series of loans from the county treasury that will be repaid by airport revenues, officials said. Revenue this year is just over $5.5 million. Read the full article.