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Tenants say Santa Monica Airport must operate until at least 2023
Tenants say Santa Monica Airport must operate until at least 2023

National aviation groups and Santa Monica Airport tenants, including actor Harrison Ford, filed a federal complaint Wednesday challenging the long-held position of city officials that the embattled airport can be shut down next July. Santa Monica officials have insisted that the terms of federal airport improvement grants the city has received over the years allow them to close the general aviation hub next year because all conditions will have expired. But in a complaint filed with the Federal Aviation Administration, the tenants point out that in August 2003, $240,600 was added to a $1.6-million grant, pushing back the closure date to at least August 2023. Grant terms usually expire...

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