Three councilmembers who represent airport-noise impacted areas are making an effort at the November 1 city council meeting to further delay approval of international flights at the Long Beach Airport.
On November 15, the city council is expected to discuss and possibly vote on whether to establish a U.S. Customs facility at the airport – a facility first proposed by JetBlue nearly two years ago. In January of this year, the city council requested a Federal Inspection Services Feasibility Study, which was completed last month. The study indicated international flights could be accommodated within the limits of the Long Beach Airport Noise Ordinance.
But City Councilmembers Daryl Supernaw, Roberto Uranga and Al Austin have agendized an item for the November 1 city council meeting calling for a “long-range master plan for the Long Beach Airport.” They wrote, “Without an articulated long-range vision, the Airport is subject to external pressures to pursue certain development objects and opens itself up to suspicion and mistrust among certain airport stakeholders, including impacted communities.”
In order to move forward with their proposal, the three councilmembers would need the support of at least two of their colleagues.
The November 1 city council meeting begins at 5 p.m. at city hall.