Santa Monica Airport

Santa Monica can't be a slumlord to its airport for the next decade

Santa Monica can't be a slumlord to its airport for the next decade

For decades, the city of Santa Monica has been at loggerheads with the federal government over the use of the city’s general aviation airport. Whether it sought to curtail jet traffic or completely take over the airport from the Federal Aviation Administration, the city has lost most of its battles. So when the FAA announced in late January that it had reached a court-approved settlement with Santa Monica to relinquish control of the historic 227-acre field at the end of 2028 and allow the city to close it down, pilots and aviation enthusiasts were stunned.

During the prolonged legal fight, we strongly supported keeping the airport open as a vital part of the regional air...

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