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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.

LAX Passenger Traffic Up 6.6 Percent; International Jumps 12 Percent

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport rose 6.6 percent in March – including a nearly 12 percent jump in international travelers – and was up 6 percent for the first quarter, according to figures released April 26 by airport officials.

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JetBlue Returns to Ontario Airport; Reduces Flights at Long Beach

JetBlue Airways Corp. is returning service to Ontario International Airport in September as part of a regional flight shuffle in which the carrier is adding flights at Hollywood Burbank Airport but sharply reducing flights at Long Beach Airport, the airline announced April 25.

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New Electric Buses at LAX

The L.A. Board of Airport Commissioners approved a $23.7 million purchase of new 60-foot electric buses that will be used to transport passengers between terminals on the airfield.

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Surf Air Adds 20 Global Destinations to Offerings

Surf Air, the Los Angeles-based airline that offers unlimited flights for a monthly subscription, announced partnerships with JetClass and BLADE, giving customers access to additional domestic and international locations.

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Passenger Traffic Up 10 Percent at Ontario Airport

Passenger traffic at Ontario International Airport surged 10 percent during the first quarter over the same period a year ago, airport officials announced on April 19.

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Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel Revises Renovation Plan

The 302-room luxury Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica reportedly unveiled a new plan to dramatically alter its footprint.

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