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Notice of Increase in the Number of Air Carrier Flights Available for Allocation at Long Beach Airport

January 7, 2016

The Airport Noise Compatibility Ordinance (Noise Ordinance) for the City of Long Beach establishes a Community Noise Equivalent Level (CNEL) noise budget for air carrier flights at Long Beach Airport set in the baseline year of 1989-1990. The Noise Ordinance allows air carriers to operate a minimum of forty-one (41) flights per day. Under the Noise Ordinance, however, the number of flights must be increased above the forty-one (41) flight limit if all flights in that category operate at or below the 1989-1990 baseline CNEL noise budget. Therefore, the Airport must determin on an annual basis whether additional flights must be allocated based upon the cumulative noise generated by air carrier operatioins during the prior twelve (12) month period. Additional flights above the forty-one (41) flight limit must be allocated to the extent the Airport Director determines that initiation of service utilizing those flights will not lead the air carriers, as a group, to exceeed the noise levels established in the baseline noise budget.

Based on an analysis and review of noise data for October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015, the Airport Director has determined that the Airport is currently operating below the noise budgets for air carriers at the Airport and that nine (9) flights beyong the forty-one (41) flight limit must be made avaialbe for allocation in order to maintain compliance with the City's Noise Ordinance.

ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW PERIOD: Any person may request an administrative review of the Airport Director's decision no later than fifteen (15) days after the date of the publication of this notice pursuant to, and consistent with, the requirements of Section 16.43.110 of the City's Noise Ordinance, and as provided in the Allocation and Withdrawal Protocol and Administrative Review Provisions. Any written request for administrative review must be delivered or mailed to the Airport administrative offices at 4100 Donald Douglas Drive, 2nd Floor, Long Beach, California 90808; requests for administrative review must be postmarked by January 22, 2016.

COPIES OF THE CITY'S NOISE ORDINANCE AND ALLOCATION PROTOCOL FOR THE ADDITIONAL FLIGHTS AT LONG BEACH AIRPORT AND ALL REFERENCE DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE AIRPORT DIRECTOR'S DECISION TO ALLOCATE ADDITIONAL FLIGHTS AND THE ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW PROVISIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW at the Long Beach Airport administrative offices, 4100 Donald Douglas Drive, 2nd Floor, Long Beach, California, during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The documents are also available online in portable document format (pdf) at If there are any questions, please call (562) 570-2619.

To read the Allocation and Withdrawal Protocol and Administrative Review Provisions in their entirety, please click here.