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The fight to close the Santa Monica Airport




A plane flies into Santa Monica Airport. Santa Monica city council voted Thursday to shutter the airport for good in 2018.
A plane flies into Santa Monica Airport. Santa Monica city council voted Thursday to shutter the airport for good in 2018.
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The historic Santa Monica Municipal Airport will be no more by July of 2018.

That’s according to Thursday’s city council vote, which has raised much debate between city officials and the Federal Aviation Administration, and the city’s airport association.

The council first tried to close the airport in 1981, but aviation groups fought to keep the space open because of a previous federal agreement. Airplane and jet noise are common complaints with Santa Monica residents in favor getting rid of the facility. City officials argue the airport’s environmental impact outweighs the need to keep the space running, along with concerns that the airport caters mostly to the wealthy few who can afford private jets.

What do you think of the vote to close the Santa Monica Municipal Airport?

Guests:

Ted Winterer, mayor pro tempore of Santa Monica

Christian Fry, president of the Santa Monica Airport Association