October 13, 2014

The El Toro Info Site has been posting daily news for 18 years

Beginning in 1996, long before the term "blog" was created, this website was posting a daily string of news and commentary about Southern California airports, including the one proposed for the former Marine Corp Air Station, El Toro.  All of the articles have been archived and are available for online review.

Over the years, we have reported - and even produced a book - on politically conceived airport projects like El Toro that came and went.  There were several, including the Palmdale Airport that folded multiple times.  We chronicled San Diego's failed attempt to promote Miramar Naval Air Station as an alternate to Lindbergh Field.  San Bernardino International Airport did not get airborne nor did the civilian use of March Inland Port or the remote base at George AFB in Victorville.  The Southern California Association of Governments, the regional planning authority, repeatedly missed the boat with its forecasts of aviation demand.

This site provided regular coverage of the physical expansion of John Wayne Airport with its huge third terminal and what we perceived as a lack of corresponding expansion of flight service.  We lamented that the new terminal, opened in 2011, offered a lot more seats on the ground
but not on planes.  (The passenger caps remain unchanged until 2021.)

We did not get everything right.  For a time, but not in recent years, we supported a rail link between Northern and Southern California as the remedy for what seemed to be overloaded airports providing short haul service and government planners asking for more runways to be opened. 

We also supported the Great Park as an alternative to an airport at El Toro but were never enthusiastic over how Irvine handled the project, spending millions of dollars and many years on grand plans, public relations and too little infrastructure.

American: We're the Biggest at LAX and We Want to Get Bigger - The Street

A top American Airlines (AAL) executive said the carrier, already the biggest at LAX, has added 12 routes in the past 15 months and plans to keep growing.

"We've been growing the Los Angeles hub since the merger -- we were growing it pre-merger as well," Andrew Nocella, American's chief marketing officer, said in an interview. "We're excited about the growth opportunities in LAX, and every few months we announce another new destination. This week it was Atlanta's turn."

The Atlanta route announcement on Oct. 9 drew attention because it underscores the competition between American, energized by a merger with US Airways, and Delta (DAL) , widely viewed as winning the conceptual battle for leadership of the U.S. airline industry.

 The LAX-Atlanta route, which links two of the country's major airports, has 11 daily flights by Delta and four by Southwest (LUV) including one by AirTran. Delta operates five of its flights with widebody aircraft. American said it will begin three daily non-stops, using narrowbody Boeing (BA) 737-800s, on March 5.

October 6 - October 12, 2014

Southwest can add 15 more daily flights at JWA next year
- Daily Pilot

Southwest Airlines can phase in up to 15 more daily flights out of John Wayne Airport next year, bringing the carrier's total to 67, according to an annual plan approved by the Orange County Board of Supervisors this week.

Southwest was the only carrier to ask for additional flights for 2015, JWA spokeswoman Jenny Wedge said, though the plan also includes a standard provision potentially allowing for a new airline to start service from Orange County.

Of the 67 total daily Southwest flights anticipated by the end of next year, 28 will be Class A, meaning they will be counted as part of the airport's maximum of 85 average daily passenger flight departures. Those typically travel longer distances and are the loudest types of flights.

The remaining 39 will be Class E flights, which travel shorter distances and are quieter.

This year, the airline is taking over two international flights operated by Southwest subsidiary AirTran. In August, AirTran flights to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, became Southwest flights. AirTran flights to Mexico City are to undergo the conversion Nov. 2.

Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins said the airline probably will use its expanded capacity to add flights to new destinations as well as popular existing destinations, but there are no concrete plans yet.

"We have precious slots and we have big plans. We're pretty much everywhere we want to fly in the U.S," he said, adding that the airline can now "start drawing new lines between very strong dots that are already on the map, and Orange County is definitely one of those."

Hawkins couldn't say whether one of those "new lines" would connect Orange County and Washington, D.C. — JWA's "No. 1 unserved market," according to airport Director Alan Murphy. But Hawkins did say that Southwest is the biggest carrier in D.C. and "we're always very mindful of what people need."

Passenger numbers tick up at Bob Hope Airport
- Burbank Leader
Airlines are offering fewer seats as Bob Hope Airport sees more travelers.

Passenger traffic at Bob Hope Airport rose for the second month in a row in August, with a 1.8% increase compared to the same month last year, according to the latest statistics.

Though passenger traffic was up, airlines had fewer seats available than in August 2013 as they seek to tighten up their schedules and shift to smaller, more fuel-efficient aircraft.

The year-to-date passenger count in August was slightly more than 2.55 million, down just 0.7% compared to the first eight months of 2013.

Other airports in the region also reported increases in passenger tallies for August. The number of travelers at Ontario International Airport rose by 6.53%, while there was a 6.12% hike at Los Angeles International Airport. Long Beach Airport also saw a slight rise of 0.3%.

However, John Wayne Airport in Orange County reported a 1.9% decline compared to August 2013.

Cheers greet demolition of Great Park runways - OC Register

Cheers and confetti erupted Tuesday night at the Great Park as a bulldozer scooped away a small pile of rubble, marking the start of demolitions on the former El Toro Marine base runways.

Fist-sized pieces of the rubble were handed out at the demolition party as about 500 people celebrated with food trucks, orange balloons and a free concert by Kenny Loggins.

The start of demolition ends any lingering doubts that the land could still be converted into an international airport, city leaders assured the crowd.

It also marks the start of FivePoint Communities' plan to build 688 acres of the park in five years.

“Today we are witnessing those plans become reality,” said Emile Haddad, FivePoint’s CEO.

Criticism over how much has been spent over the last decade has been the focus of many Irvine City Council debates.

A forensic audit will be released in the coming weeks on how $200 million was spent to develop less than one-sixth of the Great Park since 2006. In depositions from the audit, current and former park executives said consultants protected by councilman and former Great Park Chairman Larry Agran overcharged for work with the expectation that the money would keep coming. Agran has denied the accusations.

Website Editor: The start of demolition actually occurred on May 12, 2006 which says a great deal about the delays in this project.  See photos.

Southwest to add JWA flights - OC Register

Southwest will add about 15 more flights out of John Wayne Airport in 2015 under a plan approved by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. The increase will raise the daily number of Southwest flights at the airport from 52 to 67 by the end of next year.

It was part of an airport-wide plan for how many flights each airline is allowed to fly in and out, according to Jenny Wedge, an airport spokeswoman. Wedge said no other airlines asked for additional flights next year.

Additional flights mean more passengers: the airport estimates its number of passengers will increase to an estimated 9.9 million in 2015, from this year’s projected 9.2 million, Wedge said.

Wedge said the airline doesn’t know whether it will offer new destinations or just add flights to its current destinations.

Eric Freed, manager of access and noise for the airport, said that Southwest has “really grown” at the airport by offering short flights. The airport restricts the number of departures for longer flights (to, say, Chicago), which tend to be noisier, but not for shorter flights (San Francisco, for example), Freed said.

Website Editor:  The supervisors approved a limit of 85 Average Daily Departures (ADD)for Class A noisier aircraft until 2021.  For 2015, these all have been allocated. SWA flies 737's, some loaded to fall into Class A and others into Class E. The airline is allowed to operate 28 ADD's in Class A and hopefully some of these will be utilized to new destinations like Washington DC while Class E allocations will be used for Phoenix and other shorter hauls.

September 29, 2014 - October 5, 2014

Renewed airport pact is part of historic effort - Daily Pilot Commentary
By Leslie Daigle - Newport Beach City Council member

An historic day to ensure that John Wayne Airport remains the most noise-restricted airport in the nation passed this week.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the draft environmental impact report, selected the proposed project and authorized the signing of documents. Three parties — the county, Airport Working Group and Stop Polluting Our Newport (SPON) — will sign stipulations.

The city's preferred project consists of the following:

• The FAA found the Amended Agreement consistent with the Airport Noise and Capacity Act (ANCA).

• Protection and extension of the noise-based curfew through 2035 — no commercial departures before 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday or before 8 a.m. Sundays, and no arrivals on any day after 11 p.m.

• Maintenance of the million annual passenger cap (the so-called MAP CAP) of 10.8 MAP through 2020, with an additional 1.0 MAP allowed in 2021-25. During 2026-30, an additional 0.7 MAP may be allowed if JWA's use shows at least 11.21 MAP in any calendar year during 2021-2025. If the 11.21 MAP trigger is not reached, then only an additional 0.4 MAP would be authorized between 2026 and 2030.

• Maintenance of the cap on average daily departures of the Class A (loudest) commercial air carriers of 85 passenger flights, plus four cargo flights per day through 2020, with an additional 10 Class A passenger average daily departures allowed per year (for a total of 95 annually) starting in 2021.

Newport Beach is of the belief that this alternative best protects the city's residents, recognizes the policy decisions that the Board of Supervisors must make, as it balances the competing interests of the residents who surround the airport and the airline industry, and takes into account the requirements of the federal Airport and Noise Capacity Act, as well as the operational restrictions at JWA.

It was a lengthy negotiation process and the city appreciates the leadership of Supervisor John Moorlach and airport management to consider and integrate the concerns of multiple parties.

At the City Council meeting of Oct. 14, the City Council will consider the approval of the Stipulation Agreement.

JWA manager projects 9.94 MAP in 2015

This week, the Airport Manager makes his annual recommendation to the Board of Supervisors for seat allocations amongst airlines at John Wayne Airport.  One week after supporting a continuation of the 10.8 Million Annual Passenger (MAP) cap on John Wayne Airport utilization until 2021, the manager is projecting 9.94 MAP to use the airport next year. 

This leaves little room for growth over the next six years. 

OC Supervisors unanimously approve amendment to the JWA settlement agreement

On September 30, the supervisors voted 5-0 to certify EIR 617 and to adopt the settlement agreement extension negotiated with Newport Beach.

Whereas the decision to not build an airport at the former Marine Corp Air Station, El Toro was debated publicly for years and the plans went through numerous changes to accomodate divergent interests, the John Wayne project was devised in private and received minor attention.  While the agreement was characterized by some as allowing airport expansion, there will be no increase in the passenger or flight caps until 2021.

Supervisor Todd Spitzer said, "The most important thing this agreement extension does is strike a balance between protecting residents and growing the economic benefits of the airport."  However, little voice was given to the economic benefits, the FAA's projection of aviation demand, the request of air carriers at JWA to provide more service or the sidelined analysis of the Orange County Grand Jury that said the airport "can do more".

Inland Empire seeks to regain control of Ontario airport from L.A.
- LA Times

Accusing Los Angeles of breaking agreements to foster a network of regional air centers and build up L.A./Ontario International, Inland Empire officials went to court last week to regain control of the struggling airport..

In a motion filed Friday, the city of Ontario asked a Riverside County Superior Court judge to order Los Angeles to relinquish the airport — the latest development in a year-old lawsuit and long-running political battle.

Besides legal arguments, the city's court papers reference internal communications and other documents to portray Los Angeles leaders as insulting and rudely dismissive of Ontario's desire to protect the airport from decline as resources were directed to improve Los Angeles International.

Citing records that include emails, deposition testimony and meeting transcripts, the motion states that the chief operating officer for Los Angeles World Airports once referred to the Inland Empire as the "inbred Inland Empire," while Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey characterized the effort to share air traffic with other airports as "a silly waste of time" and "a politically driven mantra to appease LAX neighbors."

Regionalizing commercial air traffic has long been a goal of noise- and traffic-conscious residents surrounding LAX. Many have fought its physical expansion for years and gotten Los Angeles officials to agree to spread the growth in passengers to other airports like Ontario and Palmdale, which has since closed.

But in court papers, Ontario's attorneys say that LAWA — L.A.'s airport agency — has failed to comply with a 1967 agreement to both operate Ontario International and do its best to attract service to the airport, where passenger volumes plunged from 7.2 million in 2007 to about 4 million last year.

"As a result of that neglect and mismanagement, Ontario is on the brink of ruin," Inland Empire officials assert in Friday's court filing. "Even so, Los Angeles insists on continuing to operate Ontario in perpetuity."

Court papers state that airport officials stopped trying to attract airlines to Ontario because "they did not have anything to sell" and gutted the airport's advertising and marketing budget while approving millions of dollars to promote LAX.

Today, Ontario has lost more than 40% of its passengers while LAX has recovered from the recession and is headed for a record 70 million passengers this year.

September 22, 2014 - September 28, 2014

JWA traffic decreased in August

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport decreased in August 2014 as compared to August 2013. In August 2014, the Airport served 834,765 passengers, a decrease of 1.9% when compared to the August 2013 passenger traffic count of 850,988.
Volume was ahead of 2013 by 0.9% year to date.
Commercial aircraft operations decreased 6.4%, while commuter aircraft operations increased 81.4% when compared to August 2013 levels.

County prepares to extend limits on JWA utilization

On September 30, the Board of Supervisors will be asked to extend the limits on John Wayne Airport's utilization.  The proposed project allows for future minor relaxation of the current restrictions on the number of flights and passengers, but with no changes until six years from now on January 1, 2021.

The proposed restrictions were negotiated in secret between county officials and representatives of Newport Beach and have been hailed in that city as a "tremendous victory."  See story below.

The proposed project has been rubber stamped by both the OC Planning Commission and the Airport Commission.

The agreement sets limits that are lower than those requested by the airlines serving Orange County and those suggested by the FAA based on projections of future air travel demand.  Click here for comments made by Southwest Airlines, JWA largest provider of service, and the county's response as included in the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the project.

Click for the Airport Manager's report to the Board of Supervisors, outlining the background for the proposed extension of the 1985 Settlement Agreement.

September 15 - September 21, 2014

John Wayne expansion plans get commission go-ahead
- OC Register

The Orange County Airport Commission voted 3-0 Wednesday in support of a proposed John Wayne expansion project which was essentially a compromise between the airport and the surrounding community.

Commissioners had a chance to review the environmental impact report, which addressed 10 categories of impacts as a result of the project, including noise, traffic and air pollution.

Airport Director Alan Murphy explained to commissioners and the public that the proposed project will not affect the early-morning and late-night noise curfews established in 1971. The noise curfews would remain in effect until 2035, he said.

Newport Beach Mayor Rush Hill said this agreement is “a tremendous victory for residents.” 

Website Editor: It is a "tremendous victory" for the nearby residents but we have not heard any comparable "victory" statement from the flying public or airlines that utilize John Wayne Airport.  The airlines requested an agreement that allows higher levels of service.

“The airport issue has been the largest threat to our quality of life,” he said. “What we’ve accomplished here is two-fold — no change in noise curfews until 2035 and no change in anything for the next five years.”

The settlement agreement is the second extension of the original 1985 airport agreement, which expires Dec. 31, 2015.

The Airport Commission’s recommendation will go before the Orange County Board of Supervisors for a vote Sept. 30.

Bob Hope Airport sees slight bump in passengers - Burbank Leader

After a two-month dip in passengers at Bob Hope Airport, there was a 1.2% increase in July compared to the same month last year, despite a 4.7% drop in available seats, according to the latest passenger report released Monday by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority.

Though passenger traffic was up for the month, the airlines had 23,000 fewer seats available during July compared to the same month last year. The decline is consistent with a general trend in recent years, as airlines tighten their schedules and shift to smaller, more fuel-efficient aircraft that typically have fewer seats.

July's numbers also reflect the impact of federally mandated safety work that has closed two of four runways at San Francisco International Airport since May, leading carriers to reduce the number of flights on the Burbank-to-San Francisco route.

Other airports in the region also reported increases in passenger tallies for July, except for Long Beach Airport, which has had slumping numbers each month this year. It saw a 1% decline in passengers in July.

The number of passengers at Ontario International Airport rose by 7.57%, while there was a 6.26% hike at Los Angeles International Airport and a 0.4% uptick at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

More passengers, flights at JWA by 2030? - Daily Pilot
Airport panel to discuss limits today

The annual passenger limit would increase incrementally from the current 10.8 million to 12.2 million or 12.5 million by 2026. The number of passenger flights would increase incrementally from an average of 85 daily departures to 95 by 2030.

The Airport Commission is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. at the airport's administrative offices, 3160 Airway Ave., Costa Mesa.

The commission's recommendation will be passed along to the Orange County Board of Supervisors for a vote Sept. 30.

Orange County planners recommended approval of a draft environmental impact report for the extension Sept. 10.

September 8 - September 14, 2014

Mexican discount airline targets L.A. area- LA Register

Two months after Mexican airline Interjet bolted from John Wayne Airport following a lukewarm reception by travelers, an up-and-coming rival airline says it
Mexican discount airline targets L.A. area wants to give the Orange County airport a shot.

Volaris, an ultralow-cost Mexican carrier, is a more extreme version of Southwest or JetBlue Airways. It charges for everything from a can of soda to luggage, and packs customers into its planes, so it can strip the advertised price of a ticket down to the bone.

It’s taking aim at stimulating the market in the Latino-rich Los Angeles region for leisure travelers and those who visit family and friends in Mexico and the U.S.

“John Wayne is certainly on our radar,” said Holger Blankenstein, chief commercial officer of Mexico City-based Volaris, the second-biggest airline in Mexico. “I would suspect that within 12 to 24 months we could see some operations at John Wayne.”

Since entering the California market five years ago, Volaris has established beachheads at Los Angeles International Airport as well as airports in Ontario, Fresno, Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego and San Jose.

September 1 - September 7, 2014

County responds to comments on JWA EIR

Complying with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA),  the county has prepared voluminous responses to hundreds of comments on the John Wayne Airport DEIR 617.  The comments and responses are available for review online at http://www.ocair.com/settlementagreement/deir617/responses-to-comments

As is usual, the responses tend to brush off suggestions that challenge the preferred alternative negotiated between the County and Newport Beach.

Southwest Airlines commented that:

The SNA Airline Airport Affairs Committee (AAAC), comprised of airlines serving SNA,  proposed Alternative B over a year ago after numerous discussions with the Airport and other County representatives.  The AAAC's efforts in developing this alternative were to recognize the noise and environmental concerns of those communities surrounding the Airport, while also attempting to meet the projected air service demands of those same communities.

The airline also comments that the environmental impacts are "overstated."  "Quieter, lower emitting aircraft technology will likely be developed over the next decade.  We want to ensure that the County recognizes this technology development and does not unnecessarily restrict the airlines from meeting the air service demands of the communities surrounding SNA."

The County responded by defended the DEIR conclusions regarding environmental impacts.

The Editor of this website commented that the DEIR analysis considers only trips to and from JWA.  "It ignores the fact that allowing increased levels of service at JWA, projected as needed by the FAA during the period under study, will relieve Orange County air passengers from driving longer distances to Long Beach Airport, Ontario and to LAX" and that alternatives that provide greater utilization of JWA will "reduce traffic, reduce automotive pollution and save travelers' time."

The DEIR response acknowledges the comment but states that "it is difficult to precisely predict what choices Orange County residents and visitor might make absent additional capacity at JWA" and CEQA does not allow "speculation."

August 25 - August 31, 2014

Southwest adds O.C. service to Dallas

Southwest Airlines began booking its first nonstop flights between John Wayne Airport and Dallas, Love Field, on Monday and plans to boost its Orange County departures to their highest level ever over the next six months.
The Dallas flights, which begin Nov. 2, were made possible by the end of 35-year-old restrictions on flights from Dallas Love Field, Southwest’s home base.

Presently, the only non-stop service from Orange County to Texas is on American Airlines to Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport. The Southwest fares offered in November are lower than those on American for similar dates and times.

JWA passenger traffic improves with fewer large aircraft flown

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in July 2014 as compared to July 2013. In July 2014, the Airport served 837,702 passengers, an increase of 0.4% when compared to the July 2013 passenger traffic count of 834,328.

Commercial aircraft operations decreased 5.3%, while commuter aircraft operations, utilizing smaller and quieter passenger aircraft, increased 131.9% when compared to July 2013 levels.

August 18 - August 24, 2014

Travelers decline at Bob Hope Airport
- Burbank Leader

The number of passengers at Bob Hope Airport dipped by almost 1% in June compared to a year ago, according to the latest report.

That followed a 3.43% decrease in passengers in May.

For the first six months of this year, the airport has handled roughly 1.89 million passengers, a 1.45% decrease from about 1.91 million passengers during the same time period last year.

Passenger tallies were on the rise at other airports in the region in June, except Long Beach Airport, which reported a 2.8% decline.

The number of passengers at Los Angeles International Airport rose by 6.7%, while there was a 5.8% hike at Ontario International Airport and a 1.2% uptick at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

August 11 - August 17, 2014

Freeing Ontario Airport won't be cheap, fast or easy
- OC Register
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s willingness to transfer control of Ontario International Airport from the city of L.A. to a local airport authority gave Inland residents reason to cheer.

The airport has lost nearly 50 percent of its passenger volume since 2007 under the oversight of Los Angeles World Airports, a division of Los Angeles city government.

Ontario officials believe that with local control, they can begin to revive the airport through cost-cutting, airline incentives, better marketing and other measures.

But even with Garcetti backing local-control, transferring the airport from L.A. to the fledgling Ontario International Airport Authority is no simple matter.

He will have to convince the L.A. City Council, and perhaps the L.A. Board of Airport Commissioners, to go along. Even with talks under way, reaching an agreement is likely to take time and consummate diplomacy. L.A. officials need to be assured the city will be made whole on its investment.

Even before Garcetti went public with his support for local control of ONT, Los Angeles and Ontario officials were trying to negotiate an agreement on how such a transfer could take place.

At the same time, Ontario’s lawsuit against L.A. for alleged mismanagement and failure to attract more airlines and flights to Ontario continues in Riverside County Superior Court. More . . .

August 4 - August 10, 2014

John Wayne Airport can do more, grand jury finds -
OC Register
The Orange County Board of Supervisors would usually have 90 days, which would be late September in this case, to either agree or disagree with grand jury's recommendations. The county executive officer, however, has requested a six-month extension, which would give them until the end of the year.  (See yesterday's website article below)

John Wayne Airport’s flights and parking are expensive, and if it wasn’t hampered by decades-old [regulatory] structures, it could make the county’s economy move and work faster.

The grand jury recommended extending one runway to accommodate heavier planes, lowering long-term parking fees, instituting policies to woo more business and leisure travelers, and building a special lot for motorists waiting to pick up passengers.

Supervisor John Moorloch, whose district includes neighboring Newport Beach, said he found the grand jury recommendations baffling. “It doesn’t reflect what the community is pursuing,” he said. “Increasing use of Ontario Airport has been the focus, and that’s where it should be.”

Website Editor:  We agreed with utilizing Ontario airport first when Newport Beach pushed for a commercial airport at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station and we still support greater utilization of Ontario. However, the inland airport is not readily accessible from much of Orange County and little has been done to improve the access.

The report comes at a critical juncture. Late next month, the Orange County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve an environmental study of a proposed amendment to the landmark Settlement Agreement that has capped flights and passenger levels since 1985. The amendment, considered crucial to those who live under the flight path, also reinforces nighttime flight curfews at the regional airport.

The report took aim at the pending Settlement Agreement in several areas. In one, they referenced an airfare study that concluded, “Orange County passengers can expect little or no airfare relief in the future if the Settlement Agreement continues to limit the number of flights and passengers in the face of growing demand for air travel.”

The grand jury didn’t explain why its report coincided with the pending Settlement Agreement. The panel also doesn’t, as a rule, make itself available for interviews.

Melinda Seely, who heads a group working to curb airport expansion, was interviewed. The Newport Beach resident said she was surprised and puzzled by the grand jury’s recommendations.  “We have been working so hard to contain the airport at its current levels,” said Seely, the president of AirFair. When she read the report, she said, “it was like what planet are they on?”

County puts off dealing with Grand Jury recommendations for John Wayne Airport

On June 27, the Orange County Grand Jury released a report entitled Maximizing the Benefits of John Wayne Airport to Better Serve Orange County. 

On July 7, Supervisor John Moorlach, whose district includes Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, posted this message on his Internet blog:

"Regretfully, it appears that our current Orange County Grand Jury missed the point of finding an appropriate balance, did not consider the recent impact of the economy on air travel, and underestimated the tremendous amount of work done by local community groups, the city of Newport Beach and the County, including my office. I guess that’s what happens when nineteen people get to be experts for twelve months."

On July 17, Michael Giancola, County Executive Officer, requested that the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court grant a 6 month extension for the County's response to the Grand Jury without providing reasons for the delay. Presumably this will excuse the County, Airport Manager and Board of Supervisors from dealing with the Grand Jury recommendations until after the County - Newport Beach negotiated limits on the utilization of JWA have moved forward towards adoption.

Traffic soars 6.5% at Los Angeles International - Airport World

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has reported that total passenger traffic during the first six months of 2014 rose 6.5% to 34,336,315 passengers from 32,217,517 during the same period last year.

While there was a 5.6% growth in domestic passengers to 25,062,714 from 23,715,708 last year, international traffic grew by 9% to 9,273,601 passengers from 8,501,809 in 2014.

Air cargo tonnage levels stayed about the same with 951,772 during the first six months of this year compared to 950,783 during the same period last year, while air mail tonnage decreased 1.3% to 35,613 tonnes from 36,115 tonnes in 2014, and freight was slightly up 0.16% to 916,159 tonnes this year from 914,668 tons in 2013.

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