LAX bracing for 11 busy days around Thanksgiving holiday
A second plane, an Airbus A320 carrying an additional 140 passengers from Hong Kong, was also set to arrive at the airport over the weekend, while dozens of other airlines were expected to land between 10 and 15 additional flights in the coming days.
Airlines from Hong Kong on Tuesday said they would be able to land at the airport as well as those from mainland China and Macau.
China’s Civil Aviation Administration said it plans to keep operating flights in and out of the city until the end of the week, in compliance with the order from the court, but that Beijing-based airlines would stop services to the city once the situation settles down and the airspace is no longer overcrowded.
AirAsia said flights to the city had been suspended since Jan. 1, citing “security and safety considerations.”
AirAsia’s move followed Chinese authorities’ order to halt flights to and from the city, citing a threat of an “extremist attack,” Xinhua news agency reported last week.
Boeing has also been told by regulators in the U.S. and Europe to suspend its work on the project, the newspaper said.
Chinese regulators did not immediately confirm the report, but said earlier they did not see a threat to the city.
The U.S. plan to suspend the project was not initially prompted by concerns about air pollution, and was instead a response to unspecified “new information” uncovered by Boeing, the newspaper said, quoting the company’s statement.
The newspaper did not say when the threat to the city’s environment was discovered or how Boeing got wind of it.
Boeing said it continued to look into the plane’s safety and environmental effects.
A spokesman for Boeing declined to comment when contacted by phone.
It was not immediately clear how much of the cost of the project would be covered by the government or other sources, but the newspaper said the total estimated cost of the project to date was at least $4.5 billion.
Beijing has vowed to use its economic might to ensure that the situation does not arise again, and has dispatched more than 3,000 military and police personnel to the city’s airport