LONG BEACH — A new helicopter airline began daily scheduled flights Wednesday out of the Long Beach Airport.
L A Helicopter Inc. received a one-year city permit to operate its passenger and freight service between Long Beach and Los Angeles International Airport--the first helicopter service with scheduled flights in Long Beach, according to the company's president, Gordon J. Myers. When City Manager James C. Hankla advised the City Council of the permit Tuesday, Councilman Warren Harwood objected to the service.
Harwood agreed to vote with his colleagues to "receive and file" the permit only after Hankla assured him that the helicopters would not fly over his district. The council was not asked to vote on the permit, which was issued through the Public Works Department.
'Not Too Eager'
"I'm really not too eager about having more flights (over Long Beach)," Harwood said after the meeting.
Myers said his Aerospatiale "Astar" helicopters are considered the industry's quietest. Service between LAX and Long Beach will begin with 11 round-trip flights a day, increasing to one every hour, from 6:45 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., Myers said after Tuesday's council meeting. If the company wins approval to operate in Orange County, additional flights between LAX and Orange County will stop in Long Beach as needed, Myers said.