Airport spokesman Victor Gill said United's schedule will continue
until June 8. After that time, he said, all United flights will comply
with the curfew.
The voluntary curfew, which is aimed at scheduled commercial
operations, is from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily. Before United switched its
schedule, about three or four planes have been flying into Burbank
Airport each day after 10 p.m. There are also about three landings per
day before 7 a.m., Gill said.
"We persuade (airlines) to not schedule flights after 10 or before 7,
but (United) had what I would call an aberration," Gill said. "They never
had departures after 10 before."
Councilman David Laurell said he was disappointed by the schedule
change, adding that the airlines need to respect residents living under
the flight paths.
"It's always discouraging when the airlines feel they don't need to
abide by a voluntary curfew, " Laurell said. "I think we are not telling
the airlines something they don't already know, that their operations are
destroying the quality of life for those impacted."
Gill attributed United's new flight times to logistics. The airline
had to work within the parameters of its maintenance operations and
within the alignment and inventory of available planes.
Despite scheduling flights within the curfew hours for a month, Gill
said United's change will not open the floodgate for more late-night
flights. He pointed out that United initially planned to continue the new
flights after June 8 but voluntarily changed its schedule.
"I think it's a good move on (United's) part to correct it they way
they did so it only lasts one month," Gill said. "We hope the public will
be encouraged by the fact that the airlines have complied with the curfew
95% or more of the time."
Laurell said he didn't believe other airlines would follow United's
example but that Burbank can not afford to leave the issue to chance.
"This is why we need an imposed, mandatory and enforceable curfew
before we can let the (airport) authority build a new terminal," he said.