Monday, November 2, 2009
FAA rejects nighttime curfew at Burbank airport The Associated Press BURBANK, Calif.-Federal officials have rejected a bid to stop night flights at Burbank’s airport, despite claims that such a curfew would reduce noise in surrounding neighborhoods. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday it rejected a request for a flight curfew at Bob Hope Airport because it would burden commerce.
The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority proposed a nightly curfew from 10 p.m. to 6:59 a.m. The airport authority can challenge the decision in court.
Local officials have tried for decades to restrict flights at the Los Angeles-area airport to reduce noise. A ban on overnight takeoffs was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973.
The latest curfew was strongly opposed by FedEx and other cargo carriers who use the Burbank airport.
Burbank airport loses appeal for nighttime curfew
After a decades-long battle over nighttime flights at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif., the FAA has ruled that a 10 p.m. curfew would harm the national air transportation network. The 42-page ruling found that late-night restrictions would “create an undue burden on commerce” and that less drastic steps can be taken to reduce noise in surrounding neighborhoods. The airport authority had spent about $7 million on research to support its claim that the benefits of a curfew would outweigh the costs, but aviation companies and trade groups argued that the noise problem was overstated and that a victory by the airport would lead to similar restrictions around the country. Los Angeles Times (11/2)
Editor’s Note: We don’t believe this is over just yet. See below………
Officials with the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority in California said they would continue in their effort to restrict nighttime flights at the airport to reduce noise, despite this month’s rejection by the FAA of a nine-year application for restrictions. Officials said they will look at bringing together lawmakers from affected cities and airlines to try to obtain a mandatory curfew, either through federal legislation or a negotiated settlement. Burbank Leader (Calif.)