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Los Angeles gives up operating Palmdale airport

January 26, 2009 |  5:27 pm


More than seven weeks after United Airlines canceled its flights out of Palmdale, Los Angeles World Airports announced today that it plans to surrender its federal certification to operate Palmdale Regional Airport as a commercial facility.

Mike Molina, a LAWA spokesman, said maintaining the certificate no longer made sense given the current economic recession and the difficulty developing air service in the high desert city, where eight airlines have come and gone since 1971. United departed Dec. 7 after operating at Palmdale for 18 months.

Should the opportunity arise to provide air service in the future, Molina said that Los Angeles World Airports can easily reapply to the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to operate at Palmdale.

Read The Times' full story on the Palmdale airport.

-- Dan Weikel

Photo: United cancels flights out of Palmdale and plans to surrender its federal certification. Credit: Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press