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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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 18, 2009 | By John M. Glionna and Catherine Makino
He is a man caught between two countries, a political protester who has stubbornly steeled himself inside the sterile purgatory of Tokyo's Narita International Airport. Each day, Feng Zhenghu sits on a bench in front of the Japanese customs booths, calmly looking on as tens of thousands of arriving passengers go by, resigning himself to residence in a diplomatic no man's land. He refuses to pass through government customs because that would mean entering Japan -- something Feng has decided he simply will not do. He wants to go home to China.
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.
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.
September 27, 2005 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
The city's airport director resigned Tuesday, the second high-profile department head to leave since Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took office in July. Kim Day, who oversees the city's four airports -- Los Angeles and Ontario International, and facilities in Van Nuys and Palmdale -- said in a letter to the mayor that she will resign effective Oct. 7 "so that I might resume my profession as an architect."
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.
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