Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles City Council
gave final approval in early 2006 to an historic settlement of lawsuits filed
against the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Master Plan. The settlement
was also approved by the city councils of Culver City, El Segundo and Inglewood;
the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; the board of the Alliance for a
Regional Solution to Airport Congestion (ARSAC); and the Los Angeles Board of
As a result of the settlement agreement, the plaintiffs in the lawsuits
against the LAX Master Plan will drop their state and federal lawsuits. The
settlement removes potential litigation obstacles and allows Los Angeles World
Airports (LAWA) to begin construction on the LAX South Airfield Improvement
Project and to develop new plans for LAX consistent with the Mayor’s vision for
the regional redistribution of aviation demand.
Among key provisions of the settlement, LAWA will:
- Discontinue passenger operations at ten narrow-body gates at the rate of two
gates per year starting in 2010. This requirement will be in effect until 2020
unless LAX is serving less than 75 million annual passengers or if, through
amendments to the Master Plan, LAX has 153 gates or less.
- Provide funding to Inglewood, Los Angeles County, El Segundo and ARSAC
totaling $266 million over a 10-year period to include: (1) accelerated noise
mitigation for Inglewood, Los Angeles County and El Segundo; (2) job training
and increased job opportunities; (3) traffic mitigation for Inglewood and El
Segundo; (4) street removal and landscaping in the dunes west of Pershing Drive;
and (5) street lighting in Westchester. An additional commitment of $60 million
will be spent by LAWA on various air quality and environmental justice programs.
Under no circumstances will any of LAWA's obligations under the settlement
require any expenditure from the City's general fund or any other
City-controlled source of funds.
- Invite the Federal Aviation Administration, the Southern California
Association of Governments, Southern California counties and airport operators
to participate in a working group to plan for regional distribution of air
- Develop a regional strategic planning initiative to encourage passenger and
cargo activity at LAWA's other airports.
- Join a working group with ARSAC and Los Angeles City Council District 11 to
seek input from interested parties on how LAWA can address the concerns of
The settlement agreement is available for viewing on the LAX Master Plan
More details concerning the LAX Specific Plan Amendment Study can be viewed
at: LAX Specific Plan Amendment Study.