11/3/2009

After a decades-long battle over nighttime flights at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif., the FAA has ruled that a 10 p.m. curfew would harm the national air transportation network. The 42-page ruling found that late-night restrictions would "create an undue burden on commerce" and that less drastic steps can be taken to reduce noise in surrounding neighborhoods. The airport authority had spent about $7 million on research to support its claim that the benefits of a curfew would outweigh the costs, but aviation companies and trade groups argued that the noise problem was overstated and that a victory by the airport would lead to similar restrictions around the country.

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