A few other salient tidbits from the article:
1. The city is raising parking rates at LGB
significantly - from 20-50% for most of the close-in parking areas. While parking at LGB
will still be cheaper than at LAX
, it will be more expensive than at BUR
2. "The noise studies, both done by the city and Mestre Greve, can fluctuate because of late night flights those landing or taking off after 10 p.m. that will automatically add multiple units of noise as a penalty, said Airport Manager Chris Kunze."
"But Kunze refused to project what either study would show if airlines found a way to eliminate those violations. JetBlue Airways in particular has consistently logged penalties under the ordinance for landing or taking off after 10 p.m."
That's not entirely surprising given that they have four flights scheduled to depart between 9:20 PM
and 9:50 PM
; if the 9:50 flight to ATL
is delayed by more than a couple of minutes (baggage, security screening delays, traffic delays on the inbound flight, etc.), it's going to be taking off after 10:00 PM
given the time needed to complete pre-flight checklists and taxi to the end of the runway. Having two flights scheduled to arrive at 9:45 PM
and 9:50 PM
doesn't exactly help matters either.
It's pretty clear, though, that the tight scheduling between 9 and 10 PM
required for operating red-eye transcons (i.e. an 8:30 PM
departure from LGB
puts you in before 5 AM
, which isn't terribly desirable) was going to pose some operational challenges; it will continue to do so if B6
tries to add more red-eyes from LGB
FYI, the monthly noise reports from LGB
can be found at:
3. The TSA
plans to cut the number of screeners at LGB
by nearly 55%; even with a less drastic cut, more inconvenience due to security lines is likely.