Originally Posted by StatenIslander237
However, that being said, I'm very curious: how urgently is the city pursuing the construction of a new airport?
To answer your question no one from City or County is pushing the issue of a new airport. Lindbergh field is currently undergoing a major terminal expansion and double decking of the roadways for an arrival and departure level. This is over a billion dollar investment, not something that a region pushing to relocate an airport would usually do...
Another thing is Staten, to be honest development really isn't snowballing here. There is very little office space being built that isn't medical or research related (mostly with UCSD). Now that I think about it there is maybe 1 major private sector non research industry structure being built right now. I think it has to do with biotech.
The residential industry is not really taking off either, a couple of projects are getting going downtown now but I would hardly call it a "boom". One way I really think San Diego could get some things going is trying to attract Asian investment and tourism. To do this we will need to build on the once daily Tokyo flight we will be getting in December. I think a Shanghai, Seoul, Hong Kong, or Manila flight is a very good idea.
What San Diego officials are hoping is that the new 787 Dreamliner can be Lindbergh's savior in that it can go long distances, and carry a decent amount of passengers on a short runway unlike the 747 which needs a much longer runway to take off fully loaded with fuel and passengers.
Another possibility is that Palomar Airport in Carlsbad (a city which has a ton of hotels and some office space in its own right) can expand a bit and suck up a lot of the in California flights and possibly some flights from 3rd tier western destinations like Boise, Albuquerque etc. and relieve pressure from SAN so they can focus solely on flights from larger aircraft that are fully loaded to maximize efficiency.