Los Angeles Airport Chief Gina Marie Lindsey wants to keep job

Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, said she wants to keep her job under Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti, even though the new mayor criticized one of her pet projects during the election.

“We are not finished here at LAWA,” Lindsey said. “We have a lot going on at LAX. We certainly have challenges at Ontario, and we have Van Nuys, which is a transitioning airport. There’s a lot to do.”

Lindsey has been on a push to modernize LAX, and many of her favorite projects — like renovated terminals and a new central utility plant — have not been controversial.

But she has also championed a plan to move Los Angeles International Airport’s northern-most runway 260 feet closer to Westchester homes and businesses. The point is to create greater separation between two parallel runways, which airport officials say will improve safety and operational efficiency. The airport would not need to increase its footprint to make the change.

During the spring campaign, Garcetti said he opposed the runway move, in part because of its effect on nearby neighborhoods, and he voted against it as a member of the Los Angeles City Council. (The measure still passed.) Lindsey, who said she has not yet met with Garcetti, said the difference of opinion does not bother her.

“No,” Lindsey said. “If I let things like that bother me, I would be sleepless all the time. He’s the boss.”

Lindsey, who previously ran Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, was picked by outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in 2007 to run Los Angeles World Airports. LAX, the nation’s third-busiest airport, is the key facility in the system, which also includes L.A./Ontario International Airport and Van Nuys Airport.

Garcetti takes office July 1, and he has said he expects all heads of city departments to reapply for their jobs. Lindsey said she wants to return, and said she looks forward to discussing the region’s airports with the new mayor.

“We have a lot to talk about,” she said.

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  • sportsfanDC

    I hope Garcetti considers replacing her with someone who understands that her plan for the airport will increase noise and air pollution, tie up traffic on the West Side, waste tax dollars, destroy a local neighborhood and harm kids’ health — all without making it any safer. Modernize LAX without harming local kids, please. So far, Lindsey has ignored the concerns of locals. Westchester residents overwhelmingly supported Garcetti so that he could help stop this runway move. Let’s hope he does.

  • George Martin

    Dump her !!!!!

  • bobtube

    I hope Ms. Lindsey rushes out the door before it hits her in the hiney. Her mendacious plan to move the runway is nothing but a giveaway to big construction companies. Not that she’s a stranger to charges of cronyism, as when she overruled a selection board to award a contract to DMJM rather than the selection board’s choice of Bechtel in 2008 (http://www.dailynews.com/search/ci_9061951). What a coincidence that DMJM built Seattle’s runway, where costs expoloded from a $215 estimate to a final tab of $1.1B!

    LAX’s own EIR admits that moving the runway will not improve efficiency; the most careful, scientific safety study concluded the miniscule safety benefits could not justify the billion dollar cost; and increasing runway separation from 700 to 960 feet will do nothing — nothing — to improve Airbus A380 super-jumbo jet operations or efficiency because it comes nowhere near the FAA’s requirement for a half-mile (2,500 feet) separation needed to improve operational efficiency.

  • Sean McCarthy

    I hope the professional politicians seriously consider the repercussions on air traffic and the safety of the traveling public should they replace a professional airport manager with an unprofessional anti-airport hack.

  • larry

    LAX airport is an absolute mess. No attention is given to the customer experience. The place is dirty, ugly, and impossible to get through with any efficiency. Time for new management.

  • CHRIS J CHRISTENSEN

    It is hilarious how so many of you who live in the airport area complain so much about LAX. LAX opened in the late 1920′s. The airport was there first and has been improving since it’s opening. You move into the area and complain about how it harms your children’s health. Nearly all of the neighborhoods were built long after LAX opened. Most were built to house the families who moved to the area to work in the aircraft manufacturing plants before,during and after world war II. The noise pollution that you complain about was much worse in the late 1950′s and 1960′s. The airport provides jobs to thousands of people and each airline pays enormous taxes. Quit whining.