The runway at Rialto Municipal Airport (L67) is deserted, with no signs of airplanes landing or taxiing to takeoff. The only activity is a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department helicopter lifting off, a couple of mechanics working on an airplane in one of the hangars and three stray dogs running around. In other words, it’s a typical morning at the airport, slated for closure several years ago to make way for development yet still open because the recession has put those plans on hold, according to a recent story in the The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif.
The story notes that the airport was supposed to close in December 2007, but that failed to materialize. Nowadays, the airport is stuck preparing for closure, but no one knows when, according to the story, which quotes Rich Scanlan, Rialto’s aviation director:
“It’s in a holding pattern waiting for the market to recover.”