LAX could see more than 100 million travelers a year by 2040
- LA Times
New aviation forecasts predict that Los Angeles International Airport,
already straining under a record number of passengers, could have more
than 100 million travelers annually by 2040, far more than the ceiling
set by a 2006 court settlement that will soon expire.
According to projections released last week, the Southern California
Assn. of Governments estimates that between 78.9 million and 100.7
million passengers a year will eventually pass through the nation's
second-busiest commercial airport. LAX, the leading international
gateway on the West Coast, had 70.7 million passengers last year.
Overall, the regional planning agency predicts that a dozen commercial
airports within its six-county jurisdiction will handle between 136
million and 138 million travelers annually by 2040.
Researchers said the downward revisions stemmed from slowing population
growth and events since 9/11 such as sharp increases in fuel costs and
the worst economic recession since World War II.
The projections for other major airports in the region indicate that
the Burbank Airport will have 6.3 million to 7.3 million passengers a
year by 2040; Long Beach 5 million to 6.2 million; LA/Ontario
International 7.2 million to 19 million; and John Wayne Airport in
Orange County 9.6 million to 13.8 million.
John Wayne, however, has an official cap of 12.5 million annual
passengers that expires in 2030.
SCAG is using the new projections to prepare the aviation element of
the association's 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan, which
includes airports in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San
Bernardino and Ventura counties.
Committee members were particularly interested in how long Los Angeles
World Airports, which operates LAX, would honor the 2006 court
settlement with airport neighbors that set a cap of 78.9 million annual
passengers but expires in 2020. The agreement stemmed from a lawsuit
challenging the airport redevelopment plan of former Mayor James Hahn.
The 100-million-travelers forecast is important for LAX, which has
surpassed its previous record of 67.3 million passengers set in 2000.
The growth combined with new airport construction is already causing
heavy traffic congestion in the terminal area during peak travel times
and has raised concerns that surrounding city streets will become
inadequate in the future.
SCAG's other forecasts show that Oxnard Airport in Ventura County and
Imperial County Airport each could have 200,000 annual airline
passengers by 2040, while Palmdale Regional Airport, which is now
closed, might have up to 1.5 million.
July 13 - July 19, 2015
Passenger numbers tick up at Bob Hope Airport -
There was a 2.1% rise in the number of passengers traveling through the
Bob Hope Airport in May compared to the same month last year, according
to airfield officials.
The hike in passenger count continues a trend that has had officials
cautiously optimistic about the future as they continue to court added
flights and airlines to the San Fernando Valley’s only commercial
airfield and also contemplate a rebranding campaign to attract more
travelers, especially from east of the Rockies.
The airport has seen four straight months of increases in passenger
numbers, following declines of less than 2% in both December and
Other airports in the region reported varying passenger tallies for
May. The number of travelers at Los Angeles International Airport rose
by 4.5%. There was also a 4.9% hike at John Wayne Airport in Orange
County, and a 3.5% increase at Ontario International Airport. However,
Long Beach Airport saw a 13.5% decrease for the month.
Airport Authority, Burbank
City Council talk new terminal -
There were a few tense moments during a joint meeting between the
Burbank City Council and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport
Authority board on Wednesday evening to discuss a proposed 355,000
square foot 14-gate replacement terminal at Bob Hope Airport.
However, the meeting seemed to strike an encouraging note as council
members and Burbank residents, as well as a few residents from
neighboring communities, inquired about the airport’s latest proposal,
which had been sent to Burbank officials Monday and was made public
hours before the meeting.
The airport would prefer to build the terminal on the 49-acre “adjacent
property,” which is largely vacant and located north of the existing
terminal. But the city holds an easement on that site, barring airport
use, which would need to be released.
The airport plans to evaluate an alternative site to comply with state
environmental-review requirements. That site, known as the “southwest
quadrant,” is used by the airport’s cargo carriers, but could have
fewer environmental impacts because plans for that site call for
maintaining existing vehicular traffic patterns.
SCAG works on forecasts for 2014
The Southern California
Association of Governements is developing another Regional
Transportation Plan after missing the boat on all previous
forecasts of commercial aviation demand in the region.
Probably to the satisfaction of Newport Beach residents who oppose full
utilization of John Wayne Airport, the SCAG forecast for 2040 projects
John Wayne Airport at only 9.6 MAP (Million Annual Passesngers).
A Settlement Agreement between Orange County and Newport Beach allows
up to 12.5 MAP utilization after 2035. The Orange County airport
has a capacity estimated by planners of 16.9 MAP. The airport served a
peak load of 9.6 MAP in 2005, prior to adding a large third terminal.
SCAG is accepting comments
on the 2016 Program Environmental Impact Report which has already
generated comment from several members of the Aviation Transportation
July 6 - July 12, 2015
Battle for local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport
takes off - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
From Sacramento to the Riverside Superior Court House, the battle for
local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport is taking off this
On Wednesday, attorneys for Los Angeles and Ontario will be in court
for a motion by Los Angeles to protect certain documents attorneys for
the Inland delegation requested during discovery.
About the same time, Ontario City Manager Al Boling and San Bernardino
County CEO Greg Devereaux will be in Sacramento to provide testimony to
a state Senate subcommittee on ONT-related legislation that has already
cleared the Assembly.
The Governance and Finance Subcommittee will discuss Assembly Bill 1455
authored by Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez, D-Chino, and Assemblyman
Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, which allows Ontario to secure the bonds
from future revenues and charges from the airport. Although the bill
doesn’t transfer the airport to Ontario, it creates the framework for
financing if a transfer were to occur.
In a move to urge Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to sit down to reach
an amicable solution, the Ontario International Airport Authority last
week sent out a letter – signed by 38 mayors and boards of supervisors
for San Bernardino and Riverside counties – asking Garcetti to
facilitate transfer of the airport.
In a separate item, Ontario and Los Angeles will be in Riverside
Superior Court this morning for a mandatory settlement conference.
Neither party is allowed to discuss the details of the meeting.
At the meeting, the authority also voted to oppose the draft aviation
demand forecast, saying it contradicts efforts to redistribute air
traffic throughout the region. Southern California’s Association of
Government’s Aviation Technical Advisory Committee released a forecast
for the region’s airport by 2040.
In the forecast, ONT is expected to have at most 22 million annual
passengers while LAX is expected to have a range of 82.9 million and
99.6 million passengers. LAX had 71 million passengers in 2014.
In the draft forecast, air traffic at John
Wayne Airport, which had 10.2 million passengers last year, is
expected to shrink to 9.6 million, Wapner noted.
“Does SCAG still support regionalization of aviation?” he said. “If we
do, then we need to come up with some definitive ways of making that
occur. That was the part that didn’t happen last time.”
June 29 - July 5, 2015
JWA Air Service Development - JWA News
John Wayne Airport and the Orange County economy continue their close
relationship as both show signs of strong growth in 2015. Last year,
JWA served over 9.3 million passengers and recently reported that its
year-over-year growth in passengers for the first five months of 2015
is a hefty 5.2%. Based on airline schedules for the remainder of the
year, JWA is on track to match – or perhaps surpass – record passenger
levels it set in 2007.
Orange County to St. Louis flights to begin in Fall
St. Louis Lambert Field is celebrating the launch of three
new non-stop flights this week: Austin, TX (AUS), Portland, OR (PDX)
and Jackson, TN (MKL). Lambert will also debut new service to John
Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, CA on Southwest Airlines in
Port of Entry Update - JWA News
John Wayne Airport (JWA) continues to pursue a Port of Entry
designation from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Since JWA’s
initial request to CBP in November 2013, the Airport has worked closely
with members of Orange County’s Congressional delegation, along with
the Orange County Visitors Association, Orange County Business Council,
U.S. Travel Association and other advocates to obtain Port of Entry
In February 2015, Orange County Representatives Loretta Sanchez, Dana
Rohrabacher, Ed Royce and Mimi Walters introduced legislation, H.R.
1051, that would direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to designate
John Wayne Airport as a CBP Port of Entry. In May, a delegation from
the Orange County Business Council, along with Orange County Board of
Supervisors Chairman Todd Spitzer, met with CBP to advocate in support
of the Airport’s request for Port of Entry designation.
Continued operation as User Fee Airport places JWA at a competitive
disadvantage with respect to maintaining current, and attracting new,
international service. CBP designation is important because it will
allow JWA to compete on a level playing field – both financially and
operationally – with other airports which currently hold Port of Entry
status. (See Long Beach story below.)
International Flights At Long Beach Airport Land Back At City
Council - Gazettes.com
City management is asking the City Council next Tuesday to decide
whether to start the work necessary to decide whether Long Beach should
ask for a U.S. Customs Facility at Long Beach Airport. The facility
would allow for international flights — something sought by the
airport’s primary commercial tenant, JetBlue Airways.
JetBlue currently flies to Mexico, the Caribbean and South America from
its East Coast hubs. Airline officials have said there is an interest
in flying to the Mexican Caribbean from the West Coast.
JetBlue and Long Beach officials have been discussing the possibility
of international flights at least since 2013. In November that year,
former Airport Director Mario Rodriguez sent a memo to City Manager Pat
West detailing the issue, saying it would benefit current tenants, but
not necessarily the airport itself.
“The Airport’s main focus is to retain the integrity of the Noise
Ordinance, while developing a financially sustainable model that will
not affect current or future financial forecasts,” the memo says.
“…Guarantees (e.g. partial airline funding or airport/airline residual
agreements) should be obtained from the user airline(s) to mitigate the
Airport’s financial exposure. In other words, the facility will need to
be sustainable by generating additional revenues within the bounds of
the Noise Ordinance.”
June 8 - June 14, 2015
Airport curfew measure defeated - Burbank
A proposal that would have allowed a mandatory nighttime curfew at Bob
Hope Airport failed to gain the support needed to pass in the U.S.
House of Representatives this week.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) offered the amendment to a House
Appropriations bill last week. It would have barred funding for
enforcement of the law that prevents Bob Hope Airport officials from
imposing a ban on flights between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., the latest in a
long-running battle for such restrictions.
The airport in 2009 completed a nine-year, multimillion dollar noise
study as part of a request that the Federal Aviation Administration
allow officials to enact the overnight curfew, but the FAA denied the
The airfield has a voluntary rule restricting takeoffs and landings of
commercial flights between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. daily, except for those
due to emergencies, weather or air-traffic-control delays. The curfew
does not apply to cargo jets or private planes.
Bothered By Aircraft Noise In
Southern California? Here's A
Chance For Input. - Forbes
The FAA announced yesterday a proposal to change dozens of existing air
traffic procedures in Southern California with new satellite-based
procedures. These new procedures, part of the Next Generation Air
Transportation System or NextGen, would be more precise and affect air
traffic operations at 11 airports in Southern California. NextGen
is a nationwide FAA initiative to improve the air traffic control
system. The announcement affecting Southern California is
contained in a draft environmental assessment – the procedures are
proposed, not final – and the FAA is requesting community input.
So, if noise has been an issue for you, now is a time to review the new
procedures, review their impact in your community, meet with FAA
experts and provide input.
According to the FAA, “the project includes 109 new satellite-based
procedures – 50 departures, 37 arrivals and 22 approach procedures that
guide aircraft down until they’re very close to their destination
airports. The project also expands the number of entry and exit
points into and out of the Southern California airspace, which is like
creating more on- and off-ramps in the sky.” In its press release
the FAA claims that it conducted noise modeling at 175,000 locations
and that “the proposed action would not result in any significant or
reportable noise impacts.” The affected airports are: Bob
Hope (Burbank) Airport (BUR), Camarillo Airport (CMA), Mc
Clellan-Palomar Airport (Carlsbad) (CRQ), Fullerton Municipal Airport
(FUL), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Long Beach Airport
(Daugherty Field) (LGB), Camp Pendleton MCAS (Munn Field) Airport
(NFG), Point Mugu Naval Air Station (NTD), North Island Naval Air
Station (NZY), Ontario International Airport (ONT), Oxnard Airport
(OXR), Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), San Diego
International Airport (SAN), Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA),
Brown Field Municipal Airport (SDM), Santa Monica Municipal Airport
(SMO), John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA), Jacqueline Cochran
Regional Airport (TRM), Bermuda Dunes (UDD), Miramar Marine Corps Air
Station (NKX) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY).
FAA noise analyses and community perception of those changes are not
always the same. So it’s important if aircraft noise is an issue,
or if you fear that it may become an issue, to take the opportunity
offered by the FAA. Information on the proposed changes and
opportunities for comment can
be found here. The FAA is also offering public
workshops in 11 locations potentially affected by the proposed
changes. The public can attend workshops anytime between 4 p.m.
and 7 p.m.
Next session: June 16: Santa Ana. McFadden Intermediate School, 2701 S.
Raitt St., Santa Ana, CA 92704
June 1 - June 7, 2015
Passenger numbers rise at Bob Hope Airport for third straight
month - Burbank Leader
The April statistics surpassed airport projections by nearly 14,000
passengers and were slightly higher than the numbers from April 2013.
Dan Feger, the airport’s executive director, said officials are hopeful
that passenger traffic statistics for May will also be in line with the
higher numbers from two years ago.
For 2015, so far, the number of passengers is up 2% from where it stood
after the first four months of 2014, with a total of more than 1.25
million passengers, compared to less than 1.23 million passengers a
Other airports in the region reported varying passenger tallies for
April. The number of travelers at Los
Angeles International Airport rose by 3.1%. There was also a
5.7% hike at John Wayne Airport in
Orange County, and a 4.0% increase at Ontario
International Airport. However, Long
Beach Airport saw an 8.8% decrease for the month.