We're concerned, too. Even though all of Pleasanton's homes are outside of the airport's noises contour as defined by Livermore, airport authorities received 60 aircraft noise-related complaints from Pleasanton residents in 2009. This number counts as only one complaint each from two residents who call to complain regularly. It also includes a 10-percent decrease for flights not associated with the Livermore airport with more complaints being made last year when Southwest Airlines re-routed its incoming flights to Oakland closer to the skies over the Ruby Hill and Vintage Hills neighborhoods. These complaints are expected to increase as more jets fly in and out of Livermore. Both Bechtel Corp., which now manages the Livermore Labs, and San Ramon-headquartered Chevron have the largest fleet of corporate planes at Oakland International Airport and could find Livermore more convenient in the future. The Livermore and Sandia labs also attract government-owned jets flying here from Albuquerque and Washington, D.C., and that traffic could increase. Other Tri-Valley companies that have their own aircraft and also have suppliers that travel here frequently on corporate jets include Safeway Corp. and Kaiser Permanente.
In rezoning the airport land, the Livermore City Council also promised that any future development at the airport will only be approved based on actual demand, that airport managers will not encourage major cargo carriers to use the Livermore airport as a more convenient landing field than Oakland, that the city has no intention of expanding either of the airport's two runways and that it will continue to work with Pleasanton and other Tri-Valley communities, including its own residents, to monitor noise and seek noise abatement where possible.
The Pleasanton City Council plans to take another look at the documents Livermore just approved to see if they satisfy the city's long-standing and frequently-stated airport noise, jet traffic and safety concerns. If not, another round of public hearings and possible litigation may follow.