3 Officials to Discuss Expansion of Airport

Three representatives from Burbank Airport will discuss the airport’s possible expansion at Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Studio City Residents Assn.

Scheduled to appear are Mary Knuckles, community relations manager for the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, Sean McCarthy, the authority’s assistant public affairs director, and Sherry Avery, the FAA’s director of tower operations at the airport. Peter Melia, the FAA official directly in charge of Burbank Airport, declined an invitation to speak, according to the association.

The independent authority, which consists of three representatives apiece from Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena, has been pushing for an expansion of the airport from 14 to 19 gates, with the potential for adding eight more.

Officials in Burbank, the city most likely to be affected by a larger airport, have bitterly opposed the growth plan, pledging support for no more than 16 gates.


In the residents association’s latest newsletter, president Tony Lucente wrote: “The authority has stated publicly that it is going ahead with its proposed expansion, despite the obvious concerns to the communities. We strongly encourage every member . . . your voice be heard on a matter which could fundamentally change the nature of our entire community.”

Lucente said the homeowners association opposes the current expansion plan.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Carpenter Avenue Elementary School auditorium, 3909 Carpenter Ave., Studio City.