If you live just east of LAX, you might have a more difficult time sleeping next week as the giant jets will be on an unusual nighttime landing pattern.
Maintenance work at LAX next week will mean that planes will be coming in from the east to land over Inglewood and other communities directly east of the airport in the early morning hours.
The work originally was scheduled for earlier this week but was rescheduled for March 20 and March 22 due to low-visibility weather conditions, according to Los Angeles World Airports, which operates LAX.
Usually, LAX shifts to “over-ocean operations” from midnight to 6:30 a.m. During those hours, planes approach the airport from over Santa Monica Bay, instead of lining up over eastern L.A. County to land in an east-to-west direction.
That leaves air controllers with the delicate balance of planes both taking off towards the ocean, and coming in from the ocean at the same time.
LAWA said the usual nighttime noise reprieve will not happen on those two nights, when all planes will be coming in from the east from midnight to 6:30 a.m.
The southern-most runway, called 25 Left/7R, is being closed for maintenance. The largest jet planes — Airbus A380s and Boeing 748s — cannot take off on the southern pair of runways. And the FAA will not allow the big planes to take off in the same direction as arriving flights using the northern runways.
That means the entire airport will operate in an east-to-west traffic flow all night, LAX officials said.
“Persons living near the airport may notice a change in aircraft flight activity and associated noise,” the airport warned.
Lennox, Inglewood and other communities in the normal approach pattern area could be affected.
— City News Service
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