BREAKING: Santa Monica Reaches Agreement with FAA to Close Airport by 2028

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Via the City of Santa Monica.
On Saturday, January 28, 2017, Santa Monica City Council announced an agreement with the U.S. federal government on the closure of Santa Monica Airport. The agreement ends a longstanding legal battle and secures, with absolute certainty, that the 227-acres of aviation land will be returned to the residents of Santa Monica. Key terms of the agreement include:
  • Closure of Santa Monica Airport on December 31, 2028
  • The immediate reduction of the runway to 3,500 feet, substantially reducing jet traffic and commercial charters
  • U.S. Government acknowledgement that the City of Santa Monica has the right to establish its own proprietary exclusive fixed based operation (FBO) services
  • No environmental assessment is required to close the airport
The City of Santa Monica will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. today, Saturday, January 28, to share this historic announcement and review the terms of the agreement made with the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Department of Justice.
Speakers: Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer, City Manager Rick Cole, City Attorney Joseph Lawrence, and Sr. Airport Advisor Nelson Hernandez
Place:     Santa Monica City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
Time:      2 p.m.
Parking: Media parking is available in the lot on the north side of City Hall. Enter from Main Street or Olympic Drive.
About the Santa Monica Airport 
The 227-acre property currently occupied by the Santa Monica Airport has been under continuous City ownership since 1926 when the City purchased the property using park bond funds.  In 2014, Santa Monica voters passed Measure LC which mandates that if the airport were to close, the only permitted uses would be parks, open space, recreation, education and/or cultural uses without a vote of the people. The agreement signals the next phase in the evolution of the land from an airport into a great park.

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  • Sadness. I grew up next to the place and was looking forward to taking my kids to watch the planes when I'm a parent. The airport is a magical, hidden-in-plain sight part of our city. I see no logical reason to get rid of it. I agree that leaded fuel should be banned. However, the pollution from the 10 freeway seems just as awful if not worse than the pollution from the airport. Remember how clear the air was during Carmageddon? I also don't see any point to discouraging jets from using SMO as they seem to crash much less often than the smaller prop planes, which are usually older and less likely to be piloted by professionals. Those prop planes go down all the time in the neighborhood.