PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

8/10/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:081017
Subject:
Long Beach Airport Initiates Process to Reduce Curfew Violations
Contact:
Stephanie Montuya-Morisky
Public Affairs Officer
Long Beach Airport
562.570.2678
Stephanie.Montuya-Morisky@longbeach.gov




Long Beach Airport is beginning a public process to consider amendments to the City’s noise regulations. The recommendation is based on an initial analysis by Airport staff and review by the City Attorney’s Office, outside legal counsel, and preliminary discussions with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to encourage compliance and reduce curfew violations.

“We are committed to reduce the number of nightly curfew violations at the Long Beach Airport,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. "It's important that we protect the quality of life of the thousands of residents who are being affected by the constant violations."

The Noise Ordinance has been largely successful in minimizing the number of departure and arrival curfew violations; however, in more recent years, the number of curfew violations increased significantly. From January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017, there have been 119 violations during the sensitive nighttime hours between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., with an additional 14 violations occurring during 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Between 2015 and 2016, the number of curfew violations significantly increased from 89 to 134. Through the first six months of 2017, air carrier curfew violations conducted outside of the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. for a total of 133, nearly double the number of violations in previous periods. This pattern illustrates that the current fine structure does not provide the financial incentive to avoid curfew arrivals and departures at the Airport.

“We are encouraged that with recent administrative regulation changes made at other noise controlled airports, there is precedent for the City to make some adaptations to our Airport noise regulations,” said Jess L. Romo, Airport Director. “Long Beach Airport has a long history of working with the community and balancing the interests of our various stakeholders. We are fortunate to have one of the few noise control ordinances in the nation. Originally enacted in 1995, these updates are needed to encourage compliance.”

The proposed amendments would:
  • Increase the fine structure and target repeat violators by progressively increasing fine amounts to be more in line with fines at other curfew airports in the region.
  • Authorize the Airport Director to require the return of allocated air carrier flight slots in the case of excessive and repeated noise violations.
  • Modify the minimum flight slot-use regulations to require increased utilization.
  • Make other updates and changes to modernize the ordinance, while ensuring that the City maintains its grandfathered status under the federal Airport Noise and Capacity Act or “ANCA.”
For specifics on the proposed changes, please visit: http://bit.ly/LGBNoise

The Airport with close coordination with the City Attorney’s office, outside legal counsel and in communication with the FAA, will connect with air carriers and interested parties for review and comment on the proposed modifications. The Airport will also hold public input meetings to discuss the proposed amendments. At the end of this process, the proposed recommendations will be presented to City Council for review. More information is available online.

About the Noise Ordinance
The Noise Ordinance consists of the Long Beach Municipal Code, Chapter 16.43 Airport Noise Compatibility (Noise Ordinance) and Resolution No. C-28465 (implementing provisions for the Noise Ordinance), which are the management tools designed to control and reduce the Long Beach Airport's noise impact on communities near the Airport. These regulations were developed over the years since the Airport's inception, and ultimately enacted by the City of Long Beach in 1995 arising from a stipulated settlement agreement between the City and the airlines. These regulations are "grandfathered" under the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 (ANCA). This grandfathered status permits the City to continue to enforce the flight and noise restrictions at the Airport.

About Long Beach Airport
Founded in 1923 as the first municipally-owned airport in California, Long Beach Airport (LGB) completed a revitalization in 2012 to update its facilities. A new passenger concourse opened to the public and has since garnered extensive praise for its modern design and architecture, local eateries and easygoing travel experience. Recently, Sunset magazine awarded LGB with a Best of 2017 Travel Award. In addition, USA Today and 10Best.com recognized LGB for Best Airport Dining in their Readers Choice poll. LGB offers non-stop service to several U.S. cities while supporting a healthy general aviation community with over 260,000 annual operations. The airport is also a source of substantial economic activity and employment. Long Beach Airport and its tenants generate more than $10 billion and 45,000 jobs in total economic activity to the Long Beach region with an additional $1.1 billion in tax revenue at the federal, state, and local levels. Long Beach Airport prides itself in maintaining a safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible operation. For more news, pictures, videos and announcements of what's happening, "Like" us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @LBAirport and Instagram @lgbairport.