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October 1, 2013 |
The Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic controllers will continue to work during the government shutdown, but more than 110 safety inspectors and other staff will be furloughed at airports across Southern California. The furloughs -- which include FAA administrators, support staff, engineers who work on airport facilities and safety inspectors -- started Tuesday and effectively gut the agency's ability to oversee critical aspects of the nation's aviation system. U.S. government agencies were ordered to close for the first time in more than 17 years after lawmakers stalemated over Republican efforts to block President Obama's healthcare law. More than 800,000 federal workers were to spend Tuesday, the first day of the new fiscal year, on unpaid furloughs as agency managers executed contingency plans for the costly process of closing down operations indefinitely.
September 22, 2013 |
The food truck craze that has swept the nation will soon roll up to Los Angeles International Airport. No, airport security won't allow food trucks to pull to the curb of the terminal. Instead, an airport concession operator plans to install the shell of a food truck inside of Terminal 4. The fake truck will be outfitted inside with grills, pots, pans and other equipment to serve food. Starting Nov. 1, the food truck will be operated by food truck chefs based in Los Angeles, who will rotate in once a year or so. “This is our way to help bring people with local talent to offer their food at the airport,” said Rich Bennett, senior director of operations for HMSHost, a concession operator at Los Angeles International Airport.
September 18, 2013 |
Aerospace giant Boeing Co. said Wednesday it plans to complete production of the C-17 cargo jet and close the final assembly facility in Long Beach in 2015. The move marks the end of the last major airplane production line left in Southern California. Last Thursday, Boeing delivered its 223rd and final C-17 to the Air Force. Now, with few foreign orders to fill, company officials have decided to shutter the assembly line for good in 2015. "Ending C-17 production was a very difficult but necessary decision," said Dennis Muilenburg, chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security.
September 5, 2013 |
The Transportation and Security Administration plans to roll out its PreCheck faster screening program to 60 more airports, including those in Burbank, Ontario and Long Beach, by the end of 2013, according to a TSA statement. Other California airports in line for PreCheck include Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego and San Jose. The agency also will increase the number of security lanes at the 40 airports already using PreCheck, including at LAX and John Wayne Airport in Orange County.
July 25, 2013 |
Aerospace giant Boeing Co., which for years has been cutting its workforce in Southern California, announced that the work performed by 375 people in the Puget Sound region around Seattle is being moved to Long Beach over the next 18 months. Tim Copes, the company's vice president of commercial aviation fleet services, wrote in a note to employees Thursday that the business of modifying Boeing's commercial airplanes will gradually shift to the Southland. Boeing said it did not know exactly how many jobs the shift from the Seattle area would mean for Southern California yet, but it is the second big announcement this year by the company involving the facility located near Long Beach Airport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2013 |
Bob Hope Airport in Burbank saw the number of passengers who passed through its gates rise slightly in May -- the second month this year to show an increase. The airport handled 345,997 passengers in May, a 0.4% increase compared to 344,566 in May 2012, according to statistics released by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority last week. This uptick came two months after a 0.27% increase in March, which was followed by a 2.4% drop in April. There were double-digit declines the first two months of the year.