A fact-finding mission to four privately run airports in New York and New Jersey showed more private investment than county Chief Administrator Lin Koester expected, he said Tuesday.
Koester, who returned Friday with Supervisor John K. Flynn and county airports administrator Rodney L. Murphy, said airports in Teterboro, Morristown and Atlantic City, N.J., and Westchester County, N.Y., were well-maintained.
"Generally speaking, it looks pretty good for these areas that have airports under private lease," Flynn said Tuesday.
The move to explore privatizing the two airports is the latest attempt by the cash-poor county to draw more revenue from county-owned assets.
The trip came as county officials gauge the potential of a federal pilot program that would allow county airport officials to sell or lease the Oxnard and Camarillo airports to a private firm and pour some of the proceeds into other county programs.