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Santa Monica Airport Decision Under Fire From Both Sides

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Santa Monica Airport Decision Under Fire From Both Sides

FAA's Unexpected Concessions Caught Everyone By Surprise

If there is one thing that the supporters of Santa Monica Airport (KSMO) and those who want it to close can agree on, it's that they're unhappy about the deal struck between the FAA and the city to allow the airport to be closed in 12 years, and shorten the runway in the interim.

The Santa Monica Daily Press reports that both aviation supporters and anti-airport groups feel like they were sandbagged by the city and the FAA. On the one hand, airport supporters contend that the airport should remain open into perpetuity, and see the FAA's decision as a stab in the back, and one that does not protect the interests of the aviation community. But citizen groups opposed to the airport say that the decision to allow the airport to stay open for 12 more years does not reflect the desires of the community to close the airport sooner. Neither side is happy that the city and the FAA negotiated the deal with no input from the either faction.

Two anti-airport groups went so far as to file an emergency motion in court in an effort to stop the settlement. That motion was denied by a district court judge, who said the settlement was "fair, reasonable and adequate to all concerned." Citizen groups plan a protest Saturday, saying that allowing 12 more years of jet flights at the airport is far from reasonable.

 

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