The FAA has redesigned airspace and addressed inefficiencies, will introduce new Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures, and make use of Time Based Flow Management (TBFM) to make the Southern California Metroplex airspace more efficient and improve access to its airports. Some of the airports in the focus area include: Bob Hope (BUR), Hawthorne Municipal (HHR), Los Angeles International (LAX), Long Beach (LGB), Ontario International (ONT), Oxnard (OXR), Palm Springs International (PSP), San Diego International (SAN), Santa Monica Municipal (SMO), John Wayne-Orange County (SNA), and Van Nuys (VNY). The information below may also include data from nearby airports outside of the Southern California Metroplex (please see the Reference Guide for additional information).
The FAA has recently adopted a structured process for executing Metroplex projects. The process includes multiple opportunities for public involvement as the agency proceeds through the design, required environmental analysis, and implementation of procedures. The Southern California (SoCal) Metroplex project was already in progress when this process was adopted, and is currently in the evaluation phase. The agency completed an environmental assessment, which included input received from the public. The FAA issued a Finding of No Significant Impact and decided to move forward with implementing the proposed SoCal Metroplex project.
The agency will hold public meetings to provide information on the new procedures. Interested members of the community can interact directly with FAA airspace designers. Participants can learn more about what the agency is doing, ask questions, and find out how the airspace changes might affect their community. The FAA has a structured, publicized method to advertise these informational meetings. Please see the Metroplex Public Engagement page for more information.
All results are reported by Fiscal Year (FY), October 1 — September 30.
Projected Annual Benefits
Source: FAA — Southern California Metroplex Study Team
Value of Fuel Savings
2.7 Million Gallons
23.3 Thousand Metric Tons
These are annual benefits expected to accrue upon completion of the NextGen near-term procedural improvements implemented by the FAA's Metroplex program. They are based on the FAA's preliminary assessment of proposed airspace improvements compared to operations in a year before any improvements were made. The value of the projected fuel savings is based on a $2.85 per gallon rate. The data estimates are current as of July 2015.
Southern California Average Daily Metroplex Traffic (FY09–FY14)
Source: Operational Network (OPSNET)
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Average Daily Scheduled Flights (FY09–FY14)
Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)/Air Carrier Statistics Database