Next month the City of Palmdale will take over the airport with the intent of drawing a major airline and finally making it succesful. It was just two months ago that I urged that the City turn the airport over to the County or the local cities
Palmdale Mayor James Ledford said "Palmdale will now control its own destiny, and we will not be subservient to LAWA any longer."
It was just a year ago that Mayor Villaraigosa and others celebrated yet another carrier, United, coming to the airport and this was the thing that was going to make it happen. However it was only due to taxpayer funded subsidies that United came to Palmdale and when the City turned off the subsidy United left.
There is no doubt that there is a significant market for an airport in the 661. It's the largest region in the country without an airport. Travelers from Palmdale, Lancaster, even Santa Clarita have a horrific drive to LAX or Burbank; Palmdale could be a definite alternative.
There's no doubt that an incompetent and nearly corrupt Los Angeles Department of World Airports could not properly run Palmdale from over 80 miles away. I am confident the locals in Palmdale have a far better idea how to run their own airport. Expect Palmdale Airport - to thrive.
Another prediction: The City of Palmdale will name the airport William J. "Pete" McKnight Field after the late legendary test pilot, first Mayor of Palmdale and California Assemblyman (Knight's son Steve is currently the Mayor Pro-Tem of Palmdale and was elected to the State Assembly). I predict in the current climate this will engender much protest as the late Knight was the author of Proposition 22, which was the original anti-gay marriage bill on the California ballot.