Santa Monica Airport FBO Files Complaint Against City

Atlantic Aviation asks that FAA step in to make city renegotiate its lease agreement in good faith.

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Santa Monica Airport FBO Atlantic Aviation has filed a Part 16 complaint with the FAA against the city of Santa Monica.Atlantic Aviation

The fight over Santa Monica Airport continues. This week, Atlantic Aviation, an FBO operating at the embattled airport, filed a Part 16 complaint with the FAA against the city of Santa Monica.

The complaint documents a long history of the city's efforts to reduce aircraft services and eventually close the historic airport.

In March, the Santa Monica City Council adopted a policy that nearly doubled Atlantic Aviation’s rent without providing a long-term lease agreement, the complaint states. Since then, the FBO has been renting its space from the city on a month-to-month basis.

Atlantic Aviation, which describes itself as the only full-service FBO at Santa Monica Airport and employs 30 people, requests that the FAA issue an order for the city to negotiate a long-term lease renewal at competitive rates and maintain the full range of FBO services at the airport.

Atlantic Aviation asked the FAA to expedite its complaint because “the city’s newly-enacted FBO policy directs the city manager to serve [Atlantic Aviation] with a notice of eviction on September 15, 2016, or soon thereafter, and the city will take over [Atlantic Aviation’s] FBO as a proprietary operation by December 31, 2016. If the city is permitted to do either,” the complaint states, “[Atlantic Aviation] will be irreparably harmed.”