The following page at the LGB
airport website should shed some light on the outlook for additional slots for air carriers at LGB
The executive summary in regard to slots is that the airlines were over their noise budget numbers by well over 10% for 7/1/02-6/30/03. While the actual calculation of the budget runs from 10/1-9/30 of each year, it's unlikely that the air carriers came in under-budget for that period given how far under they'd need to be in order to offset the previous nine months.
I'd add that given the noise budget calculations, it's unlikely that additional non-commuter slots will become available to the air carriers at LGB
in light of jetBlue's service patterns. Operations from 7PM to 10 PM
carry a triple noise budget penalty as compared to daytime operations, while operations between 10 PM
and 7 AM
are penalized by a factor of ten. Given how heavily jetBlue's LGB
schedule is loaded towards evening/red-eye flights (with 4 flights at 9 PM
or later and two additional flights between 7 and 9 PM
) to increase utilization, they will always be penalized in the noise budget calculations, especially when the last couple of departures are a few minutes late.
I think they're going to have a serious fight on their hands to expand/upgrade the LGB
terminal. It's pretty obvious that the folks around LGB
are unhappy about increased activity and they're likely to make their unhappiness known when it comes time to vote for City Council members.
All that said, I have to agree with most others that LGB
was probably a mistake when you look beyond a two-year horizon. The slot limitations and terminal facilities really put a hard upper limit on what jetBlue will be able to do there, and it's pretty clear that they'll have to switch focus to LAX
if they want to expand further in Southern California. LGB
is pretty much B6
-- except WN
can expand at ISP
if they want.