The noise and pollution from John Wayne Airport has been a vexing challenge for the City of Newport Beach. However, with a new agreement on airport operations in the works, current restrictions could extend to 2035 and represent the tightest controls on a regional airport in the nation.

A new plan for the airport was negotiated and agreed upon and is now entering its environmental review phase, where the public will have the opportunity to provide their input. The agreement would require the current curfews of 7 am and 10 pm to continue for the next twenty years, and would allow incremental increases in the annual passenger capacity cap. Currently, the passenger limit is 10.8 million people.

The new agreement also includes provisions about land use around the airport. Those provisions give City officials the ability to control airport runway expansions.

Read the full article at the Daily Pilot.