Deal reached to close Southern California airport

A Southern California city says it has reached an agreement with the federal government to close Santa Monica's airport.

The city says in a press release issued Saturday that the airport would be closed in December 2028.

Santa Monica spokeswoman Constance Farrell says the city aims to turn the 227-acre site into a large park.

She says more details will be released at a press conference later Saturday.

The agreement would put an end to a lengthy battle with the Federal Aviation Administration over the future of the site.

Residents who wanted the airport closed raised concerns about noise, air pollution and the risk of planes crashing into nearby neighborhoods.