LONG BEACH — A federal judge has allocated eight new flights at Long Beach Airport to four airlines not now serving the city.
However, the new flights, which will increase the daily total to 26, cannot begin until after a federal appellate court hearing in March.
The city appealed the new-flight order of U.S. District Judge Laughlin E. Waters of Los Angeles in December, arguing that it undercuts a new airport noise ordinance that would allow more flights only after noise is reduced in nearby residential areas.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed Waters' order without comment last week. If it is eventually allowed to stand, two flights each will go to Western Airlines, Air California, America West and Ozark Airlines, said Waters in a letter mailed to airline and city lawyers last Thursday.