When residents of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa believe there are more flights over their heads this year from John Wayne Airport, they are not mistaken.
The number of commercial jets increased 5.7%, and the number of passengers was up 6% when you compare JWA’s statistics for the first seven months of 2007 and 2006.
It is a mistake to report that that the total number of aircraft operations has decreased 6.6% compared to July 2006.
Only private aircraft has decreased by that number, and that is because of ongoing construction and the rising number of commercial jets.
JWA not only affects Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, but also all of the cities lying under the arrival flight path: Anaheim, Orange, Tustin, Santa Ana and Villa Park.
That is why when AirFair organized five years ago at the time the last Settlement Agreement was enacted, we decided to be a grassroots and a regional organization.
Perhaps it is human nature to think that the government or someone will come along to keep JWA from destroying parts of the cities that lie under the flight path.
True, the current city councils and some of the supervisors are supportive of limiting a further expansion of JWA.
However, unless an agreement is adjudicated, it may only last as long as that council or supervisor is in office. Elected officials cannot make promises for future officials.
That leaves it to us. Unless we work hard with residents of other cities to contain growth of the airport, forces calling for another expansion of JWA will succeed, and the planes will not affect just those residents in a narrow flight path, but a much wider area.
That is why I am a member of AirFair.
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