San Diego Floating Airport Would Be A City Of Its Own

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San Diego is in desperate need of an new airport, but no one wants it near their land. The so-obvious-that-you'll-slap-your-forehead solution? Don't build it on land, the ocean's right there. There's even a plan, but it's more than an airport.


The basic concept has been done in other places, but the idea for San Diego's solution comes from a guy named Adam Englund, and it's definitely not just a floating airport. It's an entire $20 billion business plan. He's dreamed up an airport on an "oil rig -style floating platform" with four stories of space, a total of 200 million square feet of it, which could be used for hotels, restaurants, even universities. An entire floating city.

It sounds insane, but apparently in initial reviews, Englund's plan lacks any "fatal flaws." I'd consider the absence of $20 billion a fatal flaw, but the man's a bigger optimist than I. [Infrastructurist via Stoke Report]

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I would almost think that a better idea would be to reclaim some land like they did with Hong Kong's new airport. Of course they used a portion of an existing island and built off of that. However, the majority of that airport sits on unclaimed land. However, either way I doubt San Diego's air traffic is enough to justify that kind of logistical nightmare. Especially not for an airport that just flies to other major hubs in the same state. It'd be like the Feds giving Amarillo TX a couple billion dollars to add another terminal and two more runways. There's no justification for it. (The two runways at our airport are in fact left-overs from the Strategic Air Command. The main runway is the largest in country for a city the size of Amarillo.) #floatingcaliforniaairport