FATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5800 posts, RR: 15 Posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4388 times:
The Long Beach city council is set to approve an agreement today over control of slots at LGB. The settlement calls for JetBlue to return 5 slots with 3 going to AA and 2 going to Alaska. If at any time before 1/1/2009 AA or AS stops using their new slots they immediately will go back to JB.
The agreement also calls for new noise studies at LGB to determine if cumulative noise levels exceed that allowed in the airport's "noise budget". If they do not, then additional slots above the 41 mainline limit may be created.
The noise budget was a key part of the original LGB noise agreement. A cumulative allowable noise level was determined. Then using average noise levels caused by aircraft at the time (1980s) it was decided that 41 slots was the maximum that could operate without exceeding the "budget".
If the city of Long Beach approves the agreement today it then goes to the FAA for final approval.
Trey From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 250 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4306 times:
smart move by JB. Not sure if AA will be dumping a lot of new flights into LGB based on financial condition. guess anything is possible but it seems JB may have made a great decision taking in to account the timing and state of AA. if AA does not activate slots do they revert to JB till '09?
FATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5800 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4112 times:
It appears that this gives AA long-term control of slots that it is currently using. Back in June AA was given 4 slots on a temporary basis since JB was not using them all. That agreement was due to end in March. My understanding is that this allows AA to keep 3 and avoid the March deadline, as long as they keep using them.
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