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/ CORRECTION - Los Angeles World Airports

/ CORRECTION - Los Angeles World Airports 
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 12/05/05 --  In the news release
"Board Certifies Runway Project EIR; Asks City Council to OK Project
for Safety Benefits, Provision for A-380 Aircraft," issued earlier
today by Los Angeles World Airports, we are advised by the company
that the headline should read "Airport Board Certifies Runway Project
EIR; Asks City Council to OK Project for Safety Benefits"; the second
sentence of the first paragraph should read "The Board's action
further recommends that the Los Angeles City Council approve the
project, which would include moving LAX's southernmost runway
approximately 55 feet south to improve safety by providing for a new
center taxiway." rather than "The Board's action further recommends
that the Los Angeles City Council approve the project, which would
include moving LAX's southernmost runway approximately 55 feet south
to improve safety and provide for New Large Aircraft in 2007."; the
fourth sentence of the fourth paragraph should read "Landing aircraft
on 7R/25L now will be physically separated from the neighboring
takeoff runway as they move off the runway to reach passenger
terminals via a new center taxiway." rather than "Landing aircraft on
7R/25L now will be physically separated from the neighboring takeoff
runway as they move off the runway to reach passenger terminals.";
and the second sentence of the eight paragraph, "The south airfield
is the only part of the airport that can accommodate the aircraft
capable of handling more than 500 passengers and is larger than the
Boeing 747 airliner," should be deleted in its entirety, as originally
issued. Complete corrected text follows. 
Airport Board Certifies Runway Project EIR; Asks City Council to OK
Project for Safety Benefits 
LOS ANGELES, CA -- 12/05/2005 -- The Los Angeles Board of Airport
Commissioners certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
and adopted other related documents for the Southside Airfield
Improvement Project (SAIP) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
 The Board's action further recommends that the Los Angeles City
Council approve the project, which would include moving LAX's
southernmost runway approximately 55 feet south to improve safety by
providing for a new center taxiway. 
The project-specific or tiered EIR is the first such project to come
out of the LAX Master Plan approved December 2004 by the City
Council.  The LAX Master Plan looked at the overall impacts and
provisions for mitigation of the modernization of the airport, while
this project-specific EIR addressed only the environmental effects
related to the construction of the runway project.  Each project
contained in the LAX Master Plan must have its own EIR prepared and
approved. 
The South Airfield Improvement Project consists of moving Runway
7R/25L at LAX approximately 55 feet south of its present location and
constructing a new parallel taxiway between the airport's two south
airfield runways.  The South Runway Complex is located south of the
Central Terminal Area, north of the cargo and other facilities along
Imperial Highway, east of Pershing Drive and west of La Cienega
Boulevard. 
Airport officials have determined that the relocation of the runway
and the addition of the taxiway are critical to improving airfield
safety and reducing the potential for runway incursions on the south
airfield.  LAX and Federal Aviation Administration officials have
been concerned over recent years about the persistent number of
runway incursions of varying severity.  While no accidents between
aircraft landing or departing LAX have occurred on the South Runway
Complex, officials studied the problem and determined the Southside
project offered the best physical solution to reduce the risk of
runway incursions.  Landing aircraft on 7R/25L now will be physically
separated from the neighboring takeoff runway as they move off the
runway to reach passenger terminals via a new center taxiway. 
It is the first major construction project approved by the Board
since a proposed legal settlement addressing the modernization of LAX
was announced Dec. 1, 2005, by Los Angeles World Airports,
neighboring cities, a community group and the County of Los Angeles. 
The board action certifies the project-specific EIR complies with
both the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and Los Angeles
City CEQA guidelines; the mitigation measures identified in the EIR
constitute all feasible mitigation measures for the project and
reduce most potentially significant impacts to a less significant
level; and that where impacts remain significant and unavoidable
despite the implementation of feasible mitigation measures or LAX
Master Plan Commitments, specific economic, legal, social,
technological or other considerations outweigh the potentially
significant unavoidable effects on the environment. 
The EIR was published August 1, 2005, and was subject to a 45-day
public comment period that ended September 15, 2005. 
In addition to safety considerations, the SAIP will provide for
flight operations by the new Airbus A-380 that some international air
carriers expect to place in service at LAX in 2007. 
The Board of Airport Commissioners is expected to award the
construction contract for the runway project at its next Board meeting
Dec. 19. Construction is expected to begin during Spring 2006 and
last 26 months. 
On a related matter, LAWA gave a Notice to Proceed to Swinerton
Builders on Nov. 30 to reconstruct Gate 101 at the Tom Bradley
International Terminal to accommodate passenger loading and unloading
of the A-380 at LAX. 
In another Board action, the HNTB Corporation received an amendment
to its contract to provide complete professional design and
construction administrative services for the Southside Airfield
Improvements and New Large Aircraft Studies Program.  The amendment
for $2.1 million will cover work through April 2008. 
CONTACT:
Thomas Winfrey
(310) 646-5260 
Provider ID: 05103184
 
 
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