The McClellan-Palomar Airport is an airport serving Carlsbad, a city located in San Diego County in the US State of California. It is found 5 kilometres south of the city centre, and is owned and operated by the County of San Diego. The airport is named after Gerald McClellan, an aviator and a civic leader born in San Diego's North County Area. The airport is served by a single terminal, and has a runway measuring 4,897 feet. The airport has placed the airport as the fourth-busiest single runway airport in the United States (March 2013), although has since been more dedicated in serving general aviation services instead of commercial flights. An average of 529 aircraft operations per day (2008) has been recorded for the airport, comprising of 89% general aviation services, 7% air taxi, 3% scheduled commercial services, and 1% military services. The McClellan-Palomar uses the CLD identifier for IATA, while it is assigned the KCRQ identifier for ICAO. 325 aircraft are based at the airport.
Where to go
Domestic destinations for the McClellan-Palomar Airport include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Santa Fe. These routes are covered by several airlines, including Copa Airlines, Flight Options, Lufthansa, NetJets Aviation, and United Airlines. Some listings show that only United Airlines serves regular and commercial flights, and that the airport mainly caters to general aviation flights.
There are no short-haul international flights from the McClellan-Palomar Airport. Travellers who are looking for these types of flights should head instead to major airports in California, such as the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), the Sacramento International Airport (SMF), and the San Diego International Airport (SAN). From these airports, travellers may visit Canada, and countries in South America, including Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, and others.
Similarly, there are no long-haul flights from the McClellan-Palomar Airport. When looking for long-haul flights, a traveller's best bet will be the Los Angeles International Airport and the San Francisco International Airport. Both airports produce and receive flights going as far as Southeast Asia, crossing continents such as South America, Europe, South Asia, and the Middle East. The airports are currently working on adding more flights to Africa, which will boost passenger traffic considerably.
How to get out
The McClellan-Palomar Airport may not get travellers out of the United States to major international destinations, but other airports in California surely can. These airports include the Los Angeles International Airport, the San Francisco International Airport which is the 7th busiest airport in the United States, and the San Diego International Airport, among others.
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