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Airport Traffic Problems Essay, Research Paper In 1985, Orange County and Newport Beach made a deal, according to which the usage of john Wayne Airport was artificially limited to 8.4 million passengers a year. This agreement left the airlines with five million empty seats. Because, the airport in not used to its full capacity, the potential profit for both the airport and Orange County is decreased. Furthermore, the passengers have to pay higher fares from John Wayne because the airlines do not offer bargains to fill the seats. Regardless of the supply of seats or demand for them, no more than the agreed quota of passengers will be served. The airlines have no incentive to cut fares to fill the seats. They lack the opportunity cost, the value of the next best alternative,

doesn’t exist because there is no scarcity of seats (limited resources pursue unlimited wants). A couple years ago, an idea for a new airport to be built in El Toro was created. Initially, the proposition sounded tempting, yet, as its results were further investigated, it lost its appeal, to many of its original supporters. In response, the Millennium Plan was created and it envisioned building businesses, an industrial park and an art center at the soon-to-close Marine Corps Air Station. The new plan was much less faulted in its ideology in comparison to the El Toro Airport. On one hand, the new commercial airport would create 16,536 on-site jobs and bring $542 million in salaries. The proponents of the project argue that this would not only decrease the unemployment rate,

which is the number of people unemployed- recently laid-off or actively seeking work within the last 30 days- over the total labor force, but also it would cause an increase in consumption. With more money in their pocket people would probably increase their marginal propensity to consume, the amount spent of one’s disposable income (what’s left after paying all the taxes). Also, it is said that a second airport, besides John Wayne, would attract more tourists and thus, help the economy with ‘non-domestic’ money. However, this project for El Toro airport is not flawless. Already, the County loses revenue from making limited use of the John Wayne airport and it recently built a new terminal and parking structures. Another airport would add more expenses. Cites were asked

to contribute $175,000 each as part of the public outreach program for the project. Millions of tax dollars are already wasted for planning and lobbying and litigating over a new airport, while the old airport is not used to its best capacity. Another argument against the new project comes from the community. The latter question assumptions about the standards for acceptable noise levels. The residents certainly do not like the idea of such disturbances as the newly created pollution and uncomfortably loud environment (Please refer to Table 1). Property owners dislike the idea of the El Toro airport, because, as previous research has already demonstrated, houses in surroundings close to an airport are sold at about 10% less than if they were sold in other areas. Thus, the real

estate values would decrease. The unpleasant elements of the surroundings would scare away any potential customers, and with them would disappear the money that could have been put into the economy. The decreasing demand for housing in such locations would result in the owner’s of the property to take their houses off the market. Furthermore, Orange County economy is not based on the activity of an airport. Since the County produces more jobs than homes, more roads and homes would be desired rather than an airport which would not be able to accommodate all the new workers with homes. Consequently, the County roads would be highly overcrowded, as the workers would commute to their jobs. On the other hand, there is the Millennium Plan (please refer to Table 2), which would