As my local readers know, the big question at LAX now centers on the northern-most runway, which airport officials wants to move 260 feet closer to homes and businesses in the nearby community of Westchester.
Airport officials say this is an issue of safety. They say they must increase the separation between the two parallel runways on the north side of the airport so they can build a center taxilane between them. It’s similar to a project that was already completed on the airport’s south side. Airport officials say more runway separation will help cut down on the number of potentially dangerous runway incursions.
Many residents living near LAX say the runway configuration change is not necessary. They say it will create more noise and pollution in their neighborhoods. Some say they airport simply wants to expand, though LAX will be able to build the new runway inside its current footprint.
What do you think? Is this runway configuration change necessary?
I’d especially like to hear from airline pilots in the comments section. Does LAX need more separation and a center taxilane? Why or why not?