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San Fernando Valley Airports May Have Flight Curfews

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three California congressmen have introduced legislation to allow two San Fernando Valley airports to ban night-time flights in response to surrounding residents’ complaints of noise.

The Valley-Wide Noise Relief Act would allow Bob Hope International Airport in Burbank and Van Nuys Airport to adopt flight curfews from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration has in the past denied the airports’ applications for a curfew, saying that banning night flights would congest airspace and cause system-wide delays.

Democratic Congressmen Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman and Howard Berman said in a statement Monday that curfews at both airports would eliminate air traffic shifting from one airport to another and note that nearby Los Angeles International Airport accommodates night flights.

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