Burbank airport seeks night flight ban

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Burbank, California's Bob Hope airport received local approval to ask FAA to implement a night flight ban at the suburban facility roughly 30 miles north of Los Angeles International airport.

Airport operator Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport Authority voted unanimously for the request as the authority spent $6 million on a Part 161 study of a curfew between 10 pm and 6:59 am.

Only one carrier has a scheduled arrival after evening curfew, and three carriers have scheduled departures before the morning cap.

An airport spokesman says the ban is primarily aimed at cargo carriers and general aviation aircraft.

This is the first time a US airport seeks to restrict modern jets known as Stage 3 aircraft.

If the night ban becomes mandatory, the airport will allow for a one-hour grace period for delayed arrivals, and have other exceptions such as in-flight emergencies.

FAA will have 180 days to make a decision about the request once it receives the application.