Stockton Metropolitan Airport

Stockton Metropolitan Airport
Airport type Public
Operator County of San Joaquin
Location Stockton, California
Elevation AMSL 33 ft / 10.1 m
Coordinates 37°53?39?N 121°14?18?W/37.89417°N 121.23833°W/37.89417; -121.23833Coordinates: 37°53?39?N 121°14?18?W/37.89417°N 121.23833°W/37.89417; -121.23833
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11L/29R 10,650 3,246 Asphalt
11R/29L 4,454 1,358 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 70 21 Concrete

Stockton Metropolitan Airport (IATA: SCK, ICAO: KSCK, FAA LID: SCK) - 5000 S Airport Way - A public airport located three miles (5 km) southeast of the central business district (CBD) of Stockton, a city in San Joaquin County, California, USA.

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Best April on record for Stockton Metro

By Reed Fujii
Record Staff Writer

May 07, 2010 12:00 AM

Stockton Metropolitan Airport served a record number of passengers for the month of April, officials reported.

The 2,860 travelers seen through the boarding gate was the highest in any April since Allegiant Air began flying between Stockton and Las Vegas in 2006. It's a rise of 16 percent from the 2,463 boarding passengers tallied in April 2009.

Airport Director Susan Palmeri said she expects traffic to continue to rise into the peak summer travel season as Allegiant bring in additional service.

"We're going to be moving to two flights on Fridays and Mondays next month, so we're looking forward to that," she said.

Allegiant, a leisure-travel airline based in Las Vegas, overall reported carrying more than 484,000 scheduled-service passengers in April, nearly 9 percent more than in the same month a year earlier. It filled more than 90 percent of the seats on every flight on average.

Its aircraft departing Stockton operated at an average 91 percent of capacity.

Palmeri also said the airport continues to move forward with plans to expand the passenger boarding area.

While there are several options, officials hope to provide more than 200 additional seats, a snack bar and restrooms for travelers who have passed through the security checkpoint.

Because that plan would cost more than currently available funding - an estimated $2.25 million in all - Palmeri said she hopes to meet next month with officials from the Federal Aviation Administration to lobby for an increased grant.

Left photo: Stockton Metropolitan Airport Terminal  - Center photo: Flight Deck - Right photo: Metropolitan Room

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The airport was once a major hub for air-travel in the San Joaquin Valley, but like so many other American airports of similar size, massive deregulation eventually eliminated commercial service to the airport. As for commercial air, America West left the airport and the terminal empty. In June 2006, Allegiant Air began flying round trips to Las Vegas.

Flights to Mexico

Aeromexico had originally planned to start flying from the airport sometime in 2006. However, the airport was unable to secure a customs facility. Federal officials claimed that there was no need for such a facility, since they already existed at California International AirportsUSA International Airports in Sacramento, Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose. Local officials filed an appeal and then-Congressman Richard Pombo also asked officials to approve the facility. Federal officials reconsidered and approved the facility.

Despite the Federal approval, San Joaquin County Supervisors decided against financing the project, feeling taxpayer dollars could better be spent elsewhere. It is possible the facility could be reconsidered in the future, but in the interim the county wants airport officials to work on securing domestic service.

Even if the facility eventually is approved, Aeromexico may still decide against coming to the airport, due to possible housing developments planned for the area. Houses may be built close enough to the airport's runways, forcing larger commercial jets out. Airport officials are hoping to build a buffer zone around the airport, that would keep homes from encroaching on the runways and keep it a viable option for commercial aircraft.

Future growth

Allegiant's success at the airport could help draw other carriers to the airport. Load factors for Allegiant have neared 90 percent during the Summer months of 2007, well above the necessary level to maintain profitable service.

Airport director Barry Rondinella hopes to give area residents more options for flights from the airport. Rondinella has been hoping to secure airline service to Seattle and the Los Angeles area. Horizon Air has often been mentioned by Rondinella as a possible tenant at the airport.

San Joaquin County Supervisors are asking Rondinella to work on securing more domestic flights at the airport, rather than international service.

In late May 2007, the Record (Stockton's daily newspaper) reported that the airport is in discussions with Delta Airlines for two daily non-stop flights to Delta's hub in Salt Lake City. The Manteca Bulletin offered a similar report in August 2007.

With the addition of an Allegiant focus city/hub in Phoenix, the airline has indicated it might add service to Phoenix from Stockton. America West previously offered daily non-stop service to Sky Harbor International Airport, but the airline industry downturn after 9/11 prompted the airline to cut back, then eventually discontinue service.

On August 21, 2007, Allegiant Air announced new service to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The new service operates twice a week (Mondays and Fridays), and began on October 26, 2007. 

Virgin America

In early 2007, the airport secured a deal to start up airline Virgin America to park four planes on an empty cargo ramp at the airport, opening the door for other start up airlines to park their planes at the airport in the future.

Despite the parking deal, there are no plans for Virgin America to serve the airport. Virgin America plans to serve Northern California from its headquarters at San Francisco International Airport and in the future at Sacramento International Airport and San Jose International Airport.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations Allegiant Air Las Vegas


Stockton Metropolitan Airport covers 1,552 acres (628 ha) and has two runways and one helipad: Runway 11L/29R: 10,650 x 150 ft. (3,246 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt Runway 11R/29L: 4,454 x 75 ft. (1,358 x 23 m), Surface: Asphalt Helipad H1: 70 x 70 ft. (21 x 21 m), Surface: Concrete

World War II

Stockton Field was dedicated on January 11th, 1941 as an United States Army Air Forces Advanced Flying School. Thousands of airmen were trained here before and during WWII. Late in the war the field was taken over by the Military Air Transport Service and was used as a hub for war material transportation.

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