I’m hearing the Proud Bird restaurant and Los Angeles World Airports remain in discussions about a long-term lease. Regular readers of this space know the Proud Bird, a Los Angeles International Airport fixture since 1967, planned to close for good in December due to a rent dispute with its landlord, the airport.
From what I hear, it’s possible the restaurant could reach a deal to stay open. But it might be several weeks until we know for sure.
This denotes some progress, because as recently as a couple of months ago, the two sides were essentially at impasse.
Traffic at L.A./Ontario International Airport east of Los Angeles fell again in October, with the airport attracting only 334,385 passengers, a decline of 9 percent from the same month the previous year. This continues a painful declines for the outlying airport, which has lost more than 40 percent of its traffic since 2007. And there’s not much hope, at least for the near term.
But another airport operated by the city of Los Angeles – -Los Angeles International Airport — did much better. It processed 5,515,805 passengers in October, up 6.25 percent from Oct. 2012. Both international and domestic traffic rose. So far for the year, LAX traffic is up almost 5 percent compared to 2012.
Love data? Here are some links to the reports on both airports. Beware: Each is frighteningly detailed.
Lax Oct13 Traffic Reports-Fytd
Ont Oct13 Traffic Reports-Fytd
LAX traffic is on the upswing, airport officials told the city’s airport commission earlier this month. Staff photo of new international terminal by Brad Graverson.
A new Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners took over a couple of months ago, and the group — appointed by new L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti — wanted a full update on traffic trends at LAX.
Luckily for us, that report, delivered at the Nov. 14 meeting, is public record. There’s nothing top secret in the power point airport officials delivered, but it might help you better understand some key LAX metrics.
Let’s take a look at what airport commission members learned:
- Board members were told LAX is unique because it has no dominant airline. Instead four carriers – -American, Southwest, Delta and United — have roughly equal market shares. This pie chart is a bit misleading because American’s tally includes flights operated by its American Eagle subsidiary. United Express and Delta Connection flights, however, are not include in the larger airline’s tally. (Many of the Skywest flights in the chart, for example, are operated as United Express.)
- LAX passenger traffic peaked in 2000, but airport officials are predicting 2014 will be a big year. Also, below, you’ll see New York Kennedy got a big traffic bump from Jetblue, which began operations in 2000.
- As you can see below, LAX officials are bullish on international traffic. In the past six months, airlines have announced new flights to Stockholm, London Gatwick, Oslo, Jeddah, Abu Dhabi and Sao Paulo.
- Some of the airport commissioners said they’re concerned San Francisco International Airport is seeking to “steal” many of LAX’s international flights. But this slide below puts the competition in perspective. LAX still has almost twice as many international passengers as San Francisco.
- In terms of international flights, San Francisco gained on LAX during the middle portion of the 2000s, in part because United and other Star Alliance carriers increased schedules at SFO. But since 2010, LAX has been holding steady against SFO, according to airport officials.
Delta unveiled the first half of its $229 million renovation Los Angeles International Airport last week, and while there’s no ‘wow’ factor in the upgrades, Terminal 5 is looking much cleaner and brighter than before.
Los Angeles World Airports, the landlord, is paying nearly all of the upgrades, with the Transportation Security Administration funding about $25 million in security improvements and Delta adding another $12 million for so-called “proprietary improvements.”
Most of Delta’s big changes will come in 2015, when Phase 2 improvements such as a wider security checkpoint and special VIP lobby will be finished. But I got a look this week at Phase 1.
Here’s what I learned:
The Proud Bird will not close Thursday as scheduled. L.A. News Group photo by Steve McCrank.
The Proud Bird restaurant at Los Angeles International Airport will not close Thursday and will instead remain open at least one more month, company officials said Wednesday.