The Air Transport Association (ATA) is endorsing a “consensus plan” for development at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) proposed by Los Angeles Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski.

ATA association members include American Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines and America West.

Miscikowski is proposing that only uncontroversial elements of LAX Master Plan Alternative D, by Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn be immediately developed.

Under the Miscikowski proposal, controversial elements of Hahn’s plan would be delayed for further study.

The Miscikowski proposal would require immediate adoption of the entire Hahn plan, a concept opposed by many airport area residents and officials.

The ATA support was made on behalf of the LAX Airlines Airport Affairs Committee, an association of domestic airlines at LAX.

Under Miscikowski’s consensus plan, there would be immediate realignment of the south side airfield and construction of a new consolidated rental car facility, a new transportation center with links to regional transit, an automated people mover and an expansion of the airport FlyAway bus program, said Nancy Castles, spokeswoman for Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates four city-owned airports.

ATA airline members carry 90 percent of all passenger and cargo traffic in the U.S.

“The LAX consensus plan is good for Los Angeles. It’s good for the airlines. It’s good for travelers,” claimed James C. May, ATA president and chief executive officer. “It’s also good for local jobs in greater Los Angeles.

“And it’s good for the local economy by energizing LAX as one of this region’s primary economic engines.”

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