Airport operation bids sought by city

July 23, 2007

OCEANSIDE -- The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a draft request for proposals to go out to potential private operators of Oceanside Municipal Airport.

In exchange for a 20- to 30-year lease, the operator would be expected to build more hangars and a new administration building for the city's 50-acre airport in the San Luis Rey River Valley.

The private operator also would have to pay the $740,500 state loan on the airport and the airport's $486,000 debt to the city's general fund.

In addition, the operator would pay the city 10 percent of its gross revenues.

No flight school or airplane rentals would be allowed, said Gary Gurley, city general services manager.

Gurley said bidders will have 60 days to reply.