Ruling OKs Burbank Airport Expansion

In a major victory for Burbank Airport, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that a federal environmental impact statement on the expansion was adequate.

The cities of Burbank and Los Angeles had challenged the statement, which the Federal Aviation Administration certified in March 1996 on the grounds that the expanded terminal would greatly increase noise and vehicle traffic.

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority had maintained that the terminal project was designed primarily to handle the airport's existing needs.

Burbank officials had no immediate comment.

The authority wants to replace the airport's 170,000-square-foot, 14-gate terminal with a 465,000-square-foot, 19-gate terminal. The existing terminal dates back to 1930 and is too close to the airport's east-west runway under modern FAA standards.

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