JetBlue appeal of late-night flight fines is canceled at airline’s request

Long Beach Airport (above). File photo. 

JetBlue Airways on Friday withdrew its request for a hearing over an appeal of $96,000 in fines the city has assessed the airline for violating the Long Beach Airport noise ordinance.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the airline withdrew the appeal, which had been postponed last month at JetBlue’s request. 

The City Council was set to hold a special meeting on Tuesday for the appeal, but the meeting has been canceled, as that was the only item on the agenda.

JetBlue has contended that it should not be fined for certain late-night flights because air traffic control issues around the country caused the delays. Planes are generally restricted from landing at the Long Beach Airport between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. to stem noise.

Exemptions to fines can only be made if the flight delays are caused by local conditions, at the direction of local air traffic controllers, according to the city.

In total, JetBlue was appealing 16 flights that occurred after 11 p.m. during the second quarter of 2017 out of a total of 58 flights that violated the city’s noise curfew at the airport.

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