Stephen Stewart's letter provides his partisan beliefs about air traffic in Orange County ("Sounding Off: El Toro airport would have been a loser," Sept. 2).
Stewart asserts that since John Wayne Airport (JWA) traffic is down 8% (due to the recession), this proves that there was no need for a larger airport at El Toro. This reasoning does not include all the facts. JWA is a small airport with a single 5700-foot runway that can accommodate only medium-sized airplanes. El Toro has two 10,000-foot runways and two 8,000-foot runways (they are still there), which can handle the largest planes. El Toro could be a major international airport.
Like the rest of California, Orange County is in a slump with rising unemployment, unsold houses and foreclosures. As an international airport El Toro could provide steady, continuous growth. Rather than costing millions, El Toro, like most airports, would be a money-maker.