NEWS BLOG - LATEST
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.
March 10 - March 16, 2014
Planned new terminal would give Burbank Bob Hope Airport a boost
From its faded carpeting to its harsh lighting to its cramped gates,
Burbank Bob Hope Airport appears caught in a time warp, stuck in a
bygone era. It’s a tired building lacking in amenities and familiar
But there is potentially some great news for travelers. The
Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, which runs Bob Hope, is
finally serious about constructing a new terminal with all the goodies
passengers expect — spacious gate areas, an efficient security
screening area, better food options, plenty of natural sunlight, more
restrooms and additional power outlets. The new building would still
have 14 gates, like the current one, but would be nearly 150,000 square
feet larger. It’s early, but airport officials guess it might cost $300
million to $400 million.
An environmental review likely will not be completed until next year,
and it could be a decade or perhaps even longer before construction is
completed. A new building would seemingly provide a nice boost to an
airport that is no longer thriving. In 2013, Bob Hope Airport served
3.88 million passengers, a decline of 5.2 percent from the previous
year. At the airport’s peak, in 2007, more than 5.9 million passengers
flew through Burbank.
But a new building is not a panacea. In the past five years, airlines
have moved away from serving secondary airports like Burbank,
preferring instead to invest at massive hubs like Los Angeles
International where they can harness economies of scale and add more
flights to more destinations.
The building will be more passenger friendly, yes. But it will also be
One improvement: The new building will be up to current seismic code.
Another concerns the terminal’s location. At one point, the current
terminal building is located just 250 feet from a runway, a distance
that may have seemed OK in 1930 but it is now 500 feet shorter than the
Federal Aviation Administration prefers. Burbank is still considered
safe by the FAA, but the issue has nonetheless concerned airport
executives for decades.
Feger, who runs Burbank airport is aware that the same trends that have
reduced passenger traffic at L.A./Ontario
the Inland Empire airport has lost more than 40 percent of its annual
passenger traffic since 2007 — are hurting Burbank. Feger believes the
major airport trend will eventually reverse and that Burbank will again
and his team will continue to meet with airlines and persuade them of
the airport’s strengths. But airlines, including Southwest, which gave
Burbank a huge boost by adding flights 25 years ago, appear more
interested in LAX, where they can attract more high-fare-paying
business travelers — the kind of passengers that help an airline’s
bottom line. Two years ago, American Airlines even pulled out of
Burbank to focus on its LAX operation. (American has since merged with
US Airways, which still flies to Burbank.)
For several years in the early 2000s, L.A.-area politicians floated the
idea that facilities like Burbank and Ontario (Website Editor - and El Toro)
would serve as reliever airports for LAX. That has not happened
because, in spite of what some politicians wanted, airlines could not
be persuaded through incentives to leave LAX.
This year, LAX likely will break its all-time record, set in 2000, of
67.3 million passengers. It will not be able to grow forever, and Feger
thinks Burbank will eventually capitalize.
March 3 - March 9, 2014
JWA’s Cabo Service Set for Switch to Southwest -
AirTran Airways' service from John Wayne Airport to Cabo San Lucas will
switch carriers in August. AirTran parent Southwest Airlines will take
over the daily, non-stop service previously offered from JWA through
AirTran beginning Aug. 10.
It's offering an introductory, one-way fare of $143.
The switch to Southwest is part of a planned integration of AirTran’s
operations under the parent company’s banner.
Bob Hope Airport sees more passenger traffic -
The number of passengers making their way through Bob Hope Airport in
January climbed 3% from the same time a year ago, marking the second
straight month of increases following a six-month string of declines.
The airfield handled 302,389 travelers during the first month of 2014,
up from 293,644 during January 2013.
Airport Executive Director Dan Feger said the improvement from last
year may be partially influenced by ongoing cost-cutting efforts by
airlines in 2013, which included reducing the number of flights going
in and out of Burbank.
The number of passengers rose in January by 3%, the number of available
seats declined by 6.8% across all airlines.
Most regional airports also reported a boost in passengers for January.
At Los Angeles International Airport,
the number of travelers grew by 7.2% compared to January 2013, while Ontario International Airport saw a
John Wayne Airport reported a
2.9% boost in passengers, while Long
Beach Airport’s figures slid by 8.7%.
February 24 - March 2, 2014
JWA Posts 2.9% Gain in Traffic - OCBJ
Passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport was up 2.9% in January from a
year earlier to 718,549, according to the latest numbers from the
Southwest Airlines and its subsidiary AirTran Airways served a combined
301,776 passengers, the most for the month.
United Airlines served the second highest (104,162) followed by
American Airlines (90,159).
International traffic, which comes from the airport's service to Canada
and Mexico, was off about 7.4% for the month to 27,845.
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