The City Council Tuesday formally approved an ordinance that ties expansion of Long Beach Airport to airlines' compliance with strict guidelines for noise.
The ordinance, approved 7-0 with council member Edd Tuttle absent, says that the number of daily commercial flights can be expanded on a quarterly basis from the current 18 to a maximum of 32. The increase of up to two new flights per quarter can only be approved if airlines adhere to a 65-decibel noise limit for adjacent residential areas, according to the ordinance.
The council in a unanimous July 1 vote authorized City Atty. John R. Calhoun to draft the ordinance. After a second reading, scheduled for Tuesday, the ordinance is to become law Aug. 22.
In amendments to the ordinance approved Tuesday, the first 10 new flights would be awarded on a preferential basis to airlines not no doing business at the airport, according to Assistant City Atty. Robert E. Shannon. Any additional flights will then be awarded on a random basis to all interested airlines, Shannon said.