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Judge Tells L.B. to Draft Plans With Airlines for Adding Flights : L.B. Ordered to Draft Plan for 8 New Flights

A federal judge has directed city officials to work with four airlines to draft a plan to add eight daily flights at Long Beach Airport even before a federal appellate court hearing on the extra flights in March.

U.S. District Judge Laughlin E. Waters told attorneys at a hearing last week that plans to increase flights from 18 to 26 should go forward because an eventual flight increase is nearly certain, regardless of how the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules. He Though he ordered the parties to proceed with plans for adding the flights, he stopped short of ordering them to institute the additional flights.

In December, Waters ordered a prompt eight-flight increase as part of a larger, 3 1/2-year-old case brought by airlines seeking more airport access.


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