Board of Airport Commissioners Share Support of the Rehabilitation of Van Nuys Airport’s Runway 16R
(Van Nuys, California – June 20, 2012) On Monday, the Board of Airport Commissioners shared their support of the agreement reached between Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and the Van Nuys Airport Association to rehabilitate runway 16R. The project will be completed in four phases and calls for ten days of complete runway closures, 26 nighttime runway closures and 65 days of shortened runway lengths.
“This project is a testament to what can be accomplished when teams collaborate for a common goal,” said Commissioner Joseph A. Aredas, who represents the Valley area. “I am pleased the groups were able to come together to reach an agreement that meets everyone’s needs,” said Commission President Michael A. Lawson. Curt Castagna, President of the Van Nuys Airport Association added, “This is a major milestone. Over the past few months, we have worked with LAWA’s project team to determine a rational and prudent alternative that meets airport safety and eliminates runway closures to the fullest extent possible.”
Construction is scheduled to being in the first quarter of 2013. The Federal Aviation Administration will fund 95% of the project.
About the Van Nuys Airport Association
Founded in 1982 as a non-profit organization, VNAA is a collaboration of Van Nuys Airport tenants and supporters working to preserve general aviation as a major economic driver. The organization is committed to supporting initiatives and programs that promote, preserve and protect jobsand businesses at Van Nuys Airport. For more information, visit http://www.thevnaa.org/.
About Van Nuys Airport
One of the world's busiest general aviation airports, VNY serves as a valued San Fernando Valley resource, providing ongoing leadership in general aviation, business and community service. Dedicated to noncommercial air travel, VNY had more than 310,000 operations in 2011. More than 100 businesses are located on the 730-acre airport, including five major fixed-base operators and numerous aviation service companies.
Annually, the airport contributes approximately $1.3 billion to the Southern California economy and supports over 12,000 jobs. In addition, VNY provides programs to benefit local residents, along with educational initiatives and aviation-related career and training opportunities. For more information, visitwww.lawa.org/vny or follow us on Facebook at