LA City Council Member Advocates For Closure of Santa Monica Airport
Los Angeles City Council member Michael Bonin recently launched a petition calling for the closure of the Santa Monica Airport (SMO), a general aviation facility that logs around 100,000 annual operations, primarily private jets and propeller flight training aircraft. The City of Santa Monica, which owns and operates the airport, prohibits helicopter training at this facility. The noise, pollution, and safety risks associated with this airport have been a source of conflict and controversy for decades. Many airport neighbors and other negatively impacted residents would like would like to transform the airport property into a public park.
As stated in the petition:
“SMO today is an airport that is out of its time period, and completely incompatible with the residential neighborhoods that have grown around its borders.”