Curry to address Airport Working Group

Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry plans to address the quickly expiring settlement agreement and subsequent amendments that sets limits on noise, flight times, terminal size, parking and other factors at John Wayne Airport during the Airport Working Group's annual meeting.

The group, commonly called AWG, is focused on quality of life in sections of Newport Beach and other cities affected by air traffic at JWA Members monitor data from the flight path.

Curry plans to discuss the current state of the agreement that settled a 1985 lawsuit filed against the county by the city of Newport Beach, AWG and other parties, as well as a later amendment that permitted limited growth at JWA.

The settlement, which limits flight times to 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays, expires in 2015.

AWG is negotiating a second settlement extension.

"As a signatory to the JWA Settlement Agreement, it is our duty and obligation to explore all options in pursuing our mission of limiting the expansion of John Wayne Airport," AWG President Tony Khoury said in a news release. "The AWG annual meeting is in keeping with our organization's obligation to the public. Just as important is the necessity to bring as many potential solutions to the table as possible."

The AWG meeting begins with a buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Balboa Yacht Club, 1801 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar. Organizers said Tuesday there are only a few seats left. To make a reservation, email or call (949) 933-0124.

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