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 November.

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 designation.

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 Leader

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 request.

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 year ago.

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.

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