Long Beach Airport officials announced late Thursday that they will start the process to amend the city’s noise ordinance and punish airlines landing after the airport is supposed to be closed.
Airport Director Jess Romo said in a release that nearby John Wayne Airport had successfully amended its noise ordinance — which is similar to Long Beach’s — to significantly increase fines for curfew violations. He also said that the Federal Aviation Administration had been consulted and concurred that an amendment would not jeopardize the grandfathered noise ordinance.
“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,” Romo said in the release.
Without ever naming JetBlue Airlines, the action clearly is a reaction to Long Beach’s primary tenant. JetBlue long has been the primary curfew violator, with frequent landings after 11 p.m., largely from late-night flights from the East Coast. In a nine-page memo to City Manager Pat West, Romo said that curfew violations increased from 89 in…
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