A couple of weeks ago, I asked if any airline pilots would give their opinion on whether LAX should move its northern-most runway 260 feet closer to homes and businesses in the Westchester community of Los Angeles.
Neighbors say the move is unnecessary. But airport officials say increasing the space between two parallel runways — and building a new taxiway between them — is vital for safety. The airport already completed a similar project on two runways on the south side of LAX.
Jeff, a captain at a major airline who runs his own website, was kind enough to respond. (Jeff can’t say his employer, but if you go his site, you can likely guess). Here’s his take:
“Having flown in and out of LAX many times in the last two decades, I can readily confirm the hazard faced shortly after landing. Slowing the big jet to a safe taxiing speed is demanding enough, but you are faced with holding short of another active runway used for take-offs in a surprisingly short space.
The added room between runways with the associated parallel taxiway has definitely reduced the high number of runway incursions on the south runway complex. If safety is “Priority One” at LAX, then I’d say most airline pilots would be in favor of doing the same on the north side. I know I am.”