September 28 - October 4, 20015

Ontario Airport passenger count rises, thanks to international flights- Press Enterprise

Passenger traffic at Ontario International Airport ros
e 2.26 percent in August over the previous year, driven by flights to Mexico that weren’t being offered in 2014. Domestic passengers dropped for the third month in a row.
The Inland airport saw 17,549 passengers for flights to Guadalajara and Mexico City offered by AeroMexico and Volaris in August, compared to 8,731 for the same month in 2014, an increase of 101 percent.
AeroMexico began offering direct flights to Mexico City from ONT in April in addition to its flights to Guadalajara. Volaris has added more flight service to Guadalajara during the summer months.
Domestic passengers were at 351,082 in August, down .19 percent from year-ago figures of 351,750 . It was the third drop in domestic passengers in the year-over-year count since May.
Ontario and Los Angeles officials are supposed to reach a final agreement later this month to put Los Angeles on the path to returning Ontario International Airport to Inland control by October 2016.
A tentative agreement reached by the two cities in August will deed the airport back to Ontario, which ceded control of it to Los Angeles in 1967, and ownership in 1985.
The $190 million agreement includes a 10-year schedule of $150 million in payments to Los Angeles from the Ontario International Airport Authority for improvements Los Angeles made during its stewardship.
Ontario also has agreed to leave another $40 million behind when it leaves Los Angeles World Airports, the body that oversaw ONT.
Ontario had sued Los Angeles to regain the airport in 2013, claiming it suffered billions of dollars in economic damage after the Inland airport began losing flights, and millions of passengers, after 2007.
Ontario claimed Los Angeles had breached its contract to promote ONT as a regional “feeder” airport for Los Angeles International Airport, also controlled by LAWA.
The two sides announced the tentative settlement days before trial was to begin.
Passengers at LAX in August were 7.1 million, up 5.8 percent over the previous year.

John Wayne Airport posts August results

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in August 2015 when compared to August 2014. In August 2015, the Airport served 936,949 passengers, an increase of 12.2% when compared with the August 2014 passenger traffic count of 834,765. Year-to-date passenger traffic was up by 6.7%

Commercial aircraft operations increased 8.0%, while commuter aircraft operations stayed the same when compared to August 2014 levels.

September 7- September 13, 2015

Monthly passenger count rises at Bob Hope Airport
- Burbank Leader
Though below projections, the hike follows five months of similar increases.

It’s the first time since 2007 that the airport’s passenger numbers have increased through the first half of the year, according to a statement from the airport released Tuesday. Airfield officials attributed the increase to the airlines’ seasonal adjustments in June for summer travel, which ramped up the number of flights from Burbank.

Other airports in the region also reported boosts in passenger tallies for July. The number of travelers at Los Angeles International Airport rose by 6%. There was also a nearly 11% gain at John Wayne Airport in Orange County and a 1.45% increase at Ontario International Airport.

However, Long Beach Airport saw a 17.6% decrease for the month, continuing a trend of monthly declines that has the airport’s passenger traffic down 12.6% for the year, so far.

Airlines over more of O.C.? 'Completely unacceptable,' county and Newport tell FAA
- Daily Pilot
Residents have expressed anxiety about the agency's proposal to let planes approach and depart over multiple communities.

Newport Beach residents have expressed unease about the increased noise that could result from the Federal Aviation Administration's proposal to alter flight paths from John Wayne Airport. The Orange County Board of Supervisors and Newport Beach city officials sent letters to the FAA this week outlining the concerns.

The possible change to flight paths is part of the FAA's efforts to replace traditional, ground-based air traffic procedures with satellite-based technology at 11 Southern California airports, including John Wayne. The changes are part of the Next Generation Air Transportation System, which the FAA believes has the potential to save fuel, reduce emissions and delays, and shorten flight times.

The agency hopes to improve airport access in congested air traffic areas and establish flight plans that are less dispersed than they have been historically.

However, maps attached to the FAA's draft environmental assessment show broad swaths of the county where aircraft could approach and depart from JWA. This could result in planes flying over areas of Newport Beach that have not previously had to deal with many overhead flights, including Big Canyon, Corona del Mar and Newport Coast.

The maps also suggest that aircraft could operate as far north as Laguna Woods and as far south as Dana Point and approach the airport in a way that would affect communities from Yorba Linda through Irvine.

The FAA's noise studies associated with the project found no "significant or reportable noise impacts," according to the environmental report.

This isn't the first time that the FAA has proposed changes to flight paths at John Wayne Airport.

In 2009, the FAA implemented its DUUKE ONE departure pattern, which angered residents in Irvine Terrace and on the eastside of Upper Newport Bay. Neighbors said more flights flew over their homes as a result. After a few adjustments, the FAA renamed the pattern STREL and moved flights farther west, away from the Bluffs community.

August 17 - August 23, 2015

JWA continues to recover

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in July 2015 when compared to July 2014. In July 2015, the Airport served 927,934 passengers, an increase of 10.8% when compared with the July 2014 passenger traffic count of 837,702.
Commercial aircraft operations increased 5.9%, while commuter aircraft operations decreased 6.6% when compared to July 2014 levels.

Year-to-date passenger volume is up 5.8% over last year.

August 10 - August 16, 2015

Local control just the beginning in difficult ONT turnaround-  Inland Daily Bulletin
Now that the city of Los Angeles has agreed to h
and over the airport’s management from Los Angeles World Airports to the Ontario International Airport Authority, the onus of halting ONT’s downward spiral and converting it to long-term success rests on the authority’s shoulders.

Crucial to ONT’s revival, as Rep. Norma Torres, San Bernardino County CEO Greg Devereaux and others have pointed out, will be that inland residents use the local airport — even when it costs more or involves another stop compared to LAX.

There’s little doubt that ONT suffered from LAWA’s neglect the past few years, but the Great Recession and airlines’ migration toward major hubs were also factors in the airport’s drop from 7.2 million passengers in 2007 to 4.1 million in 2014.

Everyone agrees that ONT needs lower fees to attract new airlines and more flights from the carriers that already use the airport.

The airport authority plans to hire a “high-powered,” experienced airport manager to run ONT. That is certainly wise. As good a job as Ontario and the authority did in getting L.A. to agree to a deal, they are unprepared to manage a major airport.

That new ONT director will need to implement a many-faceted approach to building ONT traffic.

We’ll dredge up a couple of much more modest ground transportation plans we’ve pitched in past editorials: a comfortable, air-conditioned shuttle bus from ONT to Disneyland, and smaller shuttles between ONT and the Metrolink stations in Rancho Cucamonga and east Ontario.

Website Editor:  We have pointed out the need for ground transportation to Ontario many times, and especially to and from Disneyland.  Newport Beach also has been an advocate for this, to reduce air travel at John Wayne.  They will be delighted to help.

August 3 - August 9, 2015

Settlement agreement announced to transfer Ontario Airport
- Ontario media release

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Ontario Mayor pro Tem Alan D. Wapner announced a Settlement Agreement Term Sheet has been signed which will lead to the transfer of ownership of LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) to the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) subject to approvals by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners, Los Angeles City Council, Ontario City Council, the OIAA and the Federal Aviation Administration.

In a joint statement issued at a news conference at ONT, Garcetti and Wapner said the Settlement Term Sheet adheres to the premise that Los Angeles and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) will be reimbursed to the extent needed to make them whole regarding investments they have made in ONT, while providing job protection to the airport's current employees. A long form settlement agreement consistent with the initial term sheet will be prepared within 60-days.  A formal approval process is expected to begin in October 2015, with the entire process, including FAA approval, expected to be completed within one year.

SCAG tunes 2040 regional aviation forecasts to the Newport Beach - OC Settlement Agreement

The Southern California Association of Government staff reports, "John Wayne Airport (SNA): 12.5 MAP is the agreed upon forecast demand by the County of Orange, John Wayne Airport staff and SCAG staff for 2040. The range of numbers previously shown (9.6 - 13.8 MAP) was meant for discussion purposes. Staff recognizes the Settlement Agreement as being legally enforceable, and this collaboration is largely an administrative fix to the draft forecast." 

In other words, Orange County has asked that the planners use the JWA caps, negotiated with Newport Beach, limiting the airport to 12.5 MAP in 2030 as though they represent a permanent demand level. 

The regional airports' shares of aviation demand in the SCAG plan will be as follows with both LAX and John Wayne serving smaller parts of the total demand in the future:

July 27 - August 2, 2015

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.

The forecast represents at least a 55% increase in air travelers since 2013, but the estimate is significantly less than the prediction of 170 million annual passengers by 2030 that the association made more than a decade ago.

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.

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