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WORLD
June 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Beijing's airport is declaring war on pigeons. Flocks are crashing into planes and threatening safety, the state-run China Daily newspaper said. Some are carrier pigeons raised as pets, a centuries-old Beijing tradition. "Pigeons are now one of the greatest threats for airplanes," an airport manager was quoted as saying. "It is with urgency that local authorities ban pigeon breeding, feeding and flying anywhere near the airport."
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WORLD
April 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An airport in the Solomon Islands reopened for regular flights, easing aid delivery to the largest population center hammered by a magnitude 8.1 quake and killer waves Monday. Four International Red Cross boats laden with medical and shelter supplies were heading out of Gizo today toward outlying villages. Scattered cases of dysentery were reported. Officials still fear malaria and cholera could break out in hillside camps where conditions remained unsanitary.
NEWS
December 14, 2004 | Christopher Reynolds
WHEN is a boom bad for business? Ask the leaders of St. George, Utah, whose prosperous city had been planning to complete a new airport by 2008. Their ambitions have been stalled by environmentalists, who warn that Zion National Park, fewer than 50 miles from town, could suffer with the noise from increased flights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2001 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council on Tuesday approved a $56-million renovation project at the airport. "This is the type of issue that defines the future of Santa Barbara," Councilman Tom Roberts said. The council voted 6 to 0 to proceed with the renovation, which has been on the drawing board for a decade. It still needs California Coastal Commission approval.
WORLD
February 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Tempelhof Airport, Berlin's lifeline during the Soviet blockade of the 1940s, was cleared for closure next year when a court threw out legal challenges. Tempelhof, a 10-minute drive from the Brandenburg Gate in central Berlin, is to close Oct. 31, 2008. There is no right of appeal. Allied planes, carrying lifesaving loads of food and coal, landed there every few minutes in 1948 and 1949. Now the airport handles private jets and some domestic commuter flights.
NEWS
September 12, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
There will be much tighter security at U.S. airports, railroad stations and other transportation centers from now on, Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said. Responding publicly to the calamitous hijackings and crashes in New York, Washington and outside Pittsburgh, Mineta said at the White House that the government would authorize more surveillance and random checks.
BUSINESS
September 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Venezuela's aviation agency is criticizing a U.S. travel advisory stating that the U.S. can't vouch for the security of flights departing Venezuela. The National Civil Aviation Institute insists that Venezuela's airports are in full compliance with international standards set by the U.N. agency overseeing civil aviation. Institute President Jose Luis Martinez Bravo denied that Venezuela's government had blocked U.S. officials from visiting its airports. But he acknowledged disagreement with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration on its request to evaluate security.
NATIONAL
December 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Many Christmas Eve travelers around the country got what they wished for -- few airport delays and highways that were mostly clear. Even usually congested airports in the New York area -- Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark-Liberty -- all reported departure delays of less than 15 minutes; no major delays were reported at LAX or Chicago's O'Hare. A weekend snowstorm across the Plains and Midwest that blacked out thousands of homes and businesses ended and driving conditions quickly improved.
BUSINESS
January 9, 1998 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The surge in airline passenger traffic has many U.S. airports bursting at the seams, especially in California. And that's boosting the fortunes of at least one design firm. McClier Corp., a Chicago-based design and engineering firm that also has an office in Los Angeles, is drawing up plans to simultaneously upgrade or expand airports in San Diego, Ontario and San Luis Obispo over the next two years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1998
Brackett Field, one of five small airports owned by Los Angeles County, will get a $900,000 upgrade in its lighting systems and equipment, officials said. The county has awarded a $900,000 contract to Tom Watson Inc. to replace the lighting system, widen the runway and replace guidance symbols, officials said. Nearly all the money will come from the Federal Aviation Administration's airport improvement program. The airport averages 450 takeoffs and landings a day.
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