After nearly two years of closed-door negotiations, Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry announced this week that the strict curfews governing John Wayne Airport's operations could remain in place through 2035 if a proposed settlement extension is approved.
A cap on the number of passengers and flights that can pass through the airport would be allowed to rise starting in 2021.
"This is a balanced approach that will follow the law and maintain the protection of our community," Curry said at a news conference in the Newport Beach Police Department auditorium. "Growth, after all, is part of life at the airport."
The current agreement, which grew out of a 1985 legal settlement aimed at curbing the airport's impact on the surrounding community, is set to expire in 2015.