Airport Authority Asks Burbank to Join in Claim Against L.A. Plans to Grow Burbank Flights

Petition Will Seek Environmental Impact Report for City of Los Angeles Decisions at LAX Leading Toward Shift in Flights to Burbank

BURBANK, Calif., October 19, 2000 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority voted unanimously this week to file a cross petition in ongoing litigation with Los Angeles alleging that Los Angeles has not done adequate analysis of the environmental impact of projects at Los Angeles International Airport that will result in increased flight activity at Burbank Airport.

The Authority is also asking the City of Burbank to join in support of the litigation, given the concerns shared by both agencies over future noise impacts at Burbank Airport.

“We feel Los Angeles is making decisions at LAX that are designed to shift traffic to Burbank, and those effects should be analyzed under the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act.  It is totally inconsistent for Los Angeles to develop a plan that increases demand for air travel at Burbank Airport, while at the same time, the Los Angeles City Council is alleging that it is attempting to protect its Valley citizens from Burbank Airport noise impacts,” said Carl Meseck, president of the Airport Authority.

“We also feel the City of Burbank would be well served to join the Authority in this case.  Both of us want to avoid Burbank Airport being forced to accommodate a disproportionate share of the region’s aviation activity.  The Authority is doing all it can to get a curfew, and the city should come forward in this effort if we are to avoid a shift in the share of flights handled at Burbank,” Meseck added.

At issue are expansions of LAX cargo facilities and the Bradley International Terminal which are precursor measures for runway enlargement to allow increased international and cargo capacity at LAX.  The Authority maintains these measures will result in a detriment to the operation of short-haul and medium-haul domestic flights at LAX, leading to a shift in these flights to Burbank and other regional airports.

The Authority must submit its petition to Los Angeles Superior Court by October 23 in a case brought by Los Angeles alleging inadequate environmental analysis of various Burbank Airport projects.