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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.
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.
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.
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.
April 16, 1989
I am writing in response to William M. Monroe's view on noise abatement (April 9). First of all, let me say on behalf of most pilots that we try to follow noise abatement procedures when we fly. However, when most of us do fly, we think of flying the airplane first. Imagine an airliner loaded to capacity taking off at airports with relatively short runways--like those at John Wayne Airport. The captain doesn't like to reduce power just for noise because that would reduce performance, especially in an emergency, but he does.
October 19, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Private aviation returned to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, four years after restrictions were imposed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The first aircraft arrived at the airport in Arlington, Va., from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. New rules by the Transportation Security Administration require passengers and crew members on private flights to undergo background checks.
In a decision that is likely to lead to a major victory for Los Angeles airport officials, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that local authorities have broad power to impose "reasonable" charges on airlines for use of their airports. On a 7-1 vote, the court rejected a claim by the airline industry that courts should carefully review landing charges and limit fees that might be considered excessive.
February 14, 1989
Hundreds of passengers were stranded after Orange County's John Wayne Airport shut down when rainfall knocked out new runway lights, officials said. All incoming flights were diverted to Ontario and Los Angeles International airports, and outgoing flights were canceled. A spokesman for American Airlines said the airport closure forced the carrier to re-route seven flights carrying a total of 300 to 400 passengers. Delta Airlines re-routed two flights.
March 7, 2002 | James Flanigan
The end of the battle to build an international airport at El Toro is likely to spur greater booms in Ontario, the nearby Inland Empire, San Diego and perhaps neighboring Tijuana as well. That's where public officials and businesspeople were looking Wednesday to find future alternative airport space to accommodate Southern California's growing population and global businesses. Their mission is critical.
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