NEWS BLOG - LATEST
April 21 - April 27, 2014
10 big changes coming to LAX -
In the 1960s, Los Angeles International Airport epitomized the best in
air travel with its then-futuristic Theme Building as a symbol of the
modern age of flight.
But with few improvements over the last 30 years, the airport fell from
travelers’ grace. In a 2010 J.D. Power and Associates study, LAX ranked
second worst in customer satisfaction among the 20 largest North
American airports, beating only Newark International.
Yet the crowds keep coming. The sixth busiest airport in the world,
LAX, designed for travel circa 1960, topped 66.7 million passengers
last year and is on a pace this year to break its record of 67.3
million, set in 2000.
LAX officials acknowledge the shortcomings. Roger Johnson, deputy
executive airport director, repeats what he hears from critics: “LAX is
eight unrelated buildings connected by a traffic jam.” That is
beginning to change. In 2006, LAX embarked on what is now a $7
billion-plus improvement program.
Website Editor: Read
the Register report. Unhappily, what we wanted to hear about
most came up listed 10th. Traffic
will still be jammed.
JWA traffic up overall in March with despite soft international demand
Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne
Airport increased in March 2014 as compared to March 2013. In March
2014, the Airport served 776,360 passengers, an increase of 0.6% when
compared to the March 2013 passenger traffic count of 771,554. The year
over year traffic was up by 2.1%.
Commercial aircraft operations decreased 5.8%.
International demand was off by 27.5% in March despite an expression of
hope last month, from an airport spokesperson,
that there might be a seasonal up tick.
Linking the Los Angeles Airport - NY Times
Los Angeles International Airport has no direct rail lines, only
shuttle bus service. But that may change.
With a surge in rail construction in Los Angeles, governing boards from
the airport and the county transportation agency are expected to decide
in the coming weeks whether to choose from several proposals that would
connect the airport to the Crenshaw Line, which began construction in
January and is expected to be complete in 2019, and the existing Green
Los Angeles is one of the few major cities that do not offer rail
service to its main airport. Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta and
Washington have long had such a link. About 10 years ago, after many
delays, New York added one to Kennedy International Airport. Cities
like Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, Newark, Phoenix, Miami and San
Francisco have also added rail connections.
From a transportation standpoint, experts say that if there is to be
any chance in the long term of relieving traffic delays in one of the
region’s most congested areas, a rail link to the airport is necessary.
The current setup is haphazard and halfhearted. Neither the airport nor
the county tracks how many people use the rail-bus connection to reach
the airport. On Saturday evening, the shuttle buses were overwhelmingly
filled with airport employees, perhaps explaining why one of the two
luggage racks on most buses has been removed. On Sundays and holidays,
only two buses are available to run the loop, sometimes causing 15- to
20-minute waits, said Whitni Lampkin, who commutes to her job at the
airport on the Green Line.
There is broad agreement that these types of infrastructure
improvements are needed, and because of the 2008 passage of a half-cent
county sales tax increase, the money is available. It is expected to
raise $40 billion over 30 years for transportation projects.
But just how the connection is made is where the politics lie.
Long Beach Airport Director
Mario Rodriguez Announces He Will Move To Indianapolis -
Long Beach Airport Director Mario Rodriguez has resigned. He has
accepted a position as executive director of the Indianapolis Airport
Rodriguez was hired as the director in February 2009. His previous
experience included two decades in both public and private sectors,
including serving as the deputy director at Louis Armstrong New Orleans
International Airport, and in positions at the Miami, Fort Lauderdale
and Palm Beach International Airports.
During his tenure, the Long Beach Airport has experienced a
renaissance, completing the $57 million parking garage and the $45
million modernization of the historical Long Beach Terminal.
Additionally, the airport has won numerous awards, including recently
being listed by Fodor's Travel Guide as one of the top 10 airports in
the world. LGB has consistently been listed as one of the lowest cost
airports to fly into.
The airport director oversees 125 employees, an annual operating budget
of more than $40 million and a five-year capital budget of $165
million. LGB serves more than three million passengers annually.
The city will conduct a nationwide search for his successor,
considering both internal and external candidates who choose to apply,
according to a release. In the meantime, the city manager will appoint
an interim director to lead the airport until the selection process is
April 14 - April 20, 2014
United to debut world's longest non-stop 787 route -
United Airlines plans to launch the longest non-stop route with a
Boeing 787 when it debuts its Los Angeles-Melbourne service in October.
The flight between California and Australia will cover a distance of
7,927 miles. United plans to offer the flight six days a week.
Airport group rejects Newport's
plan - OC Register
Airport Land Use Commission’s
vote is 3-2 against allowing more housing and development from being
incorporated in the city’s General Plan.
Concerned about safety and noise, [the Airport Land Use
Commission] an airport group on Thursday opposed plans for more housing
near John Wayne Airport, something Newport Beach is pushing for.
The 3-2 vote by the Airport Land Use Commission won’t necessarily stop
more housing and development from being incorporated in the city’s
General Plan, a long-range document for growth.
The City Council could override the commission’s vote. Ultimately, the
decision will rest with Newport Beach voters to approve or reject
changes to the General Plan in November.
On Thursday, airport commissioners called the city’s changes
“inconsistent” with airport planning documents.
Kari Rigoni, the commission’s executive officer, said the group,
appointed by the Orange County Board of Supervisors among others, has
historically expressed concern about new housing in the area bounded by
Campus Drive, MacArthur Boulevard, Jamboree Road and Bristol Street.
Rigoni said aircraft noise is one issue. Another is safety, she said,
because some housing proposed by the city would sit under the general
aviation flight path, a route used by small planes.
April 7- April 13, 2014
John Wayne, LAX passenger traffic rose in February; Long Beach,
Ontario declined - OC
John Wayne and Los Angeles International airports reported an increase
in passengers in February, but Long Beach and Ontario both saw declines.
In Orange County, nearly 672,000 travelers passed through John Wayne,
up 2.9 percent over February 2013. LAX passenger traffic rose to nearly
4.8 million, a 6.3 percent increase.
John Wayne saw its second month of decline in international travel. The
four daily flights to Mexico and one to Vancouver, British Columbia,
carried just over 20,000 passengers, a 7.3 percent drop from the nearly
22,000 in February of last year.
Domestic passenger traffic, however, remains healthy, which John Wayne
spokeswoman Jenny Wedge called an indication of the economic
recovery. She said Mexico demand typically declines in
January and February before improving in March. She noted John Wayne
had a similar drop-off in Mexico traffic in the first two months of
Nearly 102,000 more international travelers flew through LAX that
month, an 8.6 percent year-over-year jump. As an international port of
entry, LAX is part of a growing surge in foreign visitors nationwide.
Long Beach Airport and Ontario International Airport continued to have
their woes as airlines focus service on major hubs.
February traffic at Long Beach dropped to just under 196,000, a 7.6
percent year-over-year decline. Travel through Ontario fell to 286,000,
2.4 percent below last year.
March 31 - April 6, 2014
JWA and OC move towards locking in limits on travel
The airport is currently
preparing an Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Settlement
Agreement Amendment. The next step in the process is the
publication of a Draft EIR for public review and comment.
Following this, the Board of Supervisors will certify the EIR and
probably adopt the "Proposed Project" that was negotiated in secret
between the County and Newport Beach groups. This alternative
caps the number of passengers and flights that can be served through
2030. For the
proposal and other alternatives click here.
JWA posts positive results for
John Wayne Airport posts a 2.9% increase in passenger
traffic for both the month of February and the first two months of 2014
when compared to the same periods last year.
here for previous news reports