FAA approves passenger cap in LAX settlement

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Airport Director Lydia Kennard said she was pleased with the FAA’s quick action. “We look forward to the ratification process being completed as soon as possible so long-awaited improvements can get under way at LAX,” Kennard said. Under the proposed settlement announced earlier this month, the grass-roots Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion and other opponents would drop lawsuits that have stalled the controversial plan for LAX. In exchange, the city promised to limit passenger traffic by gradually closing airplane gates; to give critics and neighbors a greater voice in upgrading one of the nation’s busiest airports; and to help fund noise- and traffic-mitigation projects. Lang’s letter also said the FAA agreed with proposals to allow LAX to pay for some roadway improvements as long as they are related to air traffic, passengers or airport property. In addition, many of the proposed efforts to mitigate noise and pollution meet FAA regulations, but need a final review. A proposed deal to end litigation over the modernization of LAX cleared a major hurdle Tuesday as the Federal Aviation Administration signed off on the plan to limit the number of passengers at the airport. A letter from the FAA said the agency was still reviewing some provisions of the settlement, but backed a reduction in the number of gates at Los Angeles International Airport in an effort to cap annual passenger traffic at 79.8 million. Approval from the FAA was considered key for the proposed deal to win approval from other sides in the settlement. The gate reduction was seen as key because the FAA does not allow local jurisdictions to control the number of airport passengers. But acting FAA Administrator Catherine Lang wrote that under the settlement, the design changes that would allow the cap are considered a separate issue and do not violate FAA rules. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors met in closed session Tuesday to review the proposed deal, but delayed action for a week to get clarification on the FAA letter. Jurisdictions that need to approve the deal include the cities of Culver City and Inglewood as well as the alliance. The city Board of Airport Commissioners is scheduled to consider the settlement at its meeting Monday. It will then be sent to the City Council for consideration. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img