What will the American/US Airways merger mean for Los Angeles.
Apparently no one at the U.S. Department of Justice asked Los Angeles World Airports executive director Gina Marie Lindsey her opinion before the Feds reached a settlement with American and US Airways.
The settlement agreement the carriers agreed to this week requires the combined airline to give up two gates in LAX’s Terminal 3. US Airways was to take those gates next year when it moves out of Terminal 1. The L.A. Airport Commission asked Lindsey on Thursday about those gates, and I think I sensed some sarcasm in her answer.
“US Airways is supposed to give up two gates,” she said. “Interestingly enough, it’s two gates they didn’t really have.”
Board members asked Lindsey if she was concerned the merger might hurt LAX. She said she is not worried.
“I think we have a pretty good sense from American that L.A. is very important to them,” she said. “We don’t see any pulling back on their commitment to L.A.”
Brett Snyder, who knows the Southern California market better than anyone, wrote this week on his crankyflier.com blog that American probably only will pull back on some of its marginal routes. It’s hard to know exactly what those routes would be, but your mid-level U.S. cities might be targets — Indianapolis, Hartford, Columbus. (Apologies to residents of those cities, but I don’t believe your yields can match Miami, Chicago and New York.)
In case you have not seen my story from our main website, I reported last night that Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, will remain on the job under new Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Garcetti, who celebrates his 100th day in office today, had asked the heads of all Los Angeles city departments to reapply for their jobs.
The Great Hall of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. Photo: Brad Graverson/Staff Photographer
A major piece of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport is scheduled to open on Sept. 18, two sources with knowledge of the matter told L.A. Airspace on Monday.
The opening date has been notoriously fluid – for a long time it was supposed to open on Dec. 12, 2012 – and it is certainly possible the date could get pushed back. But for now, my sources assure me, Sept. 18 is a good bet.
Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, is one of the more polarizing public figures in Southern California.
Her core staff seems to love her and consistently cites her chief accomplishments, like overseeing the new $1.9 billion international terminal at Los Angeles International and presiding over impressive upgrades at Terminals 5 and 6. They note that the airport was essentially stuck in a time warp between 1984 and when she took over in 2007.
But Lindsey has plenty of detractors, especially residents living near LAX, who say she hasn’t listened to their concerns, and politicians in Ontario, who say she has mismanaged L.A/Ontario International Airport.
It is against this backdrop that Lindsey has signaled her desire to stay on the job under new Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti. Last week, she sent a memo to the mayor outlining why she believes she should get to stay on.
Read Lindsey’s memo here: LAWA – Mission Achievements and Goals 2013
A spokeswoman for the mayor said it will be at least two months before Garcetti decides which city department heads get to stay. Many will be watching carefully to see what he decides.
What about you? Do you think Lindsey should stay? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.
Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, has not yet met with new mayor Eric Garcetti about the prospect of keeping her job, a spokeswoman said Monday night.
Garcetti, who took office on Monday, has said all heads of city department would need to reapply for their positions. Last month, Lindsey told me she wanted to stay.
“As of today, Garcetti and Gina Marie have not yet met,” airports spokeswoman Nancy Castles told late Monday night. “So, our response remains the same as what we provided you last month about Gina Marie looking forward to meeting with the new mayor because there are several important airport issues to be discussed (and not just about LAX).”