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Airport Authority Taps Glendale Mayor to Chair

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority elected Zareh Sinanyan as its new president for the coming year.

Swinerton Lands $209M Contract for New LAX Parking Structure

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners on July 11 voted to award a $209 million contract for a new parking structure near Los Angeles International Airport to Swinerton Builders, airport officials announced.

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UPDATE: Legal Challenge to Agreement to Close Santa Monica Airport Dismissed

A local pilot’s legal challenge to the agreement the city of Santa Monica reached to close Santa Monica Airport has been dismissed, the city announced July 11.

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Warner Bros. Proposes $100M Aerial Tram to Hollywood Sign

Warner Bros. Entertainment is proposing a $100 million aerial tram to take visitors to the Hollywood sign in Griffith Park.

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Forecast: LAX Expects Record July 4 Traffic

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport over the July 4 holiday period is forecast to hit a record 2.86 million passengers, airport officials said on June 28.

LAX Passenger Traffic Up 5.3 Percent in May, 5.4 Percent Year-to-Date

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport rose 5.3 percent in May compared to last year and was up 5.4 percent for the first five months of this year, according to figures released June 26 by airport officials.

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Vegan Butterbeer Wanted

Harry Potter fans rally to add vegan option at Universal Studios theme parks

It’s going to take a little more than magic for a group of Harry Potter fans pining for vegan butterbeer on the menu at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter parks at Universal Studios, including the Universal City location.

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Frontier Air Adding Daily Service from Ontario Airport to Orlando

Frontier Airlines announced June 5 it is adding daily, non-stop service from Ontario International Airport to Orlando International Airport in August.

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Southwest Airlines Adds Flights at Burbank, Long Beach Airports

Southwest Airlines announced May 31 that it is adding flights at Burbank and Long Beach airports.

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MOCA Director Vergne Leaving Museum

The Museum of Contemporary Art will part ways with museum director Philippe Vergne, when his five-year contract expires next year.

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LAX Passenger Traffic Up 4 Percent in April, 5.5 Percent Year-to-Date

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport rose 4.1 percent in April compared to last year and was up 5.5 percent for the first four months of this year, according to figures released May 25 by airport officials.

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Long Beach Airport Slated for $59M Improvements

The Long Beach City Council on May 8 voted unanimously to award a three-year, $59 million contract for terminal-area improvements at Long Beach Airport.

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Tourists Injected $22.7 Billion in Local L.A. Economy Last Year

Tourists visiting Los Angeles County pumped a record-setting $22.7 billion into the local economy last year, the L.A. Tourism and Convention Board announced on May 7.

Long Beach Q1 Airport Traffic Up Nearly 10 Percent

Passenger traffic at Long Beach Airport rose 9.7 percent during the first quarter to nearly 1 million, according to figures released May 4 by airport officials.

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L.A. City Council Passes Short-Term Rental Rules

The Los Angeles City Council on May 2 unanimously approved the first set of proposed rules to govern Airbnb Inc. and other companies in the short-term rental industry.