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The Region

The City of Irvine moved to block an agreement between Newport Beach and Orange County limiting expansion of John Wayne Airport, arguing that the pact will lead to “intense pressure” to convert the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station to a civilian airport. In a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Irvine asked the court to reject the agreement, arguing that any binding limits on passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport are bound to place new demands for development of an additional civilian airport along Irvine’s eastern boundaries at El Toro. County officials project that by the year 2005, there will be a demand within the county for service for 22 million air passengers a year.


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