Court Temporarily Halts Panama City Airport Construction

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - A federal appeals court temporarily blocked construction of Bay County's new airport, granting a request by local pilots and environmental groups opposed to the project.

A three judge panel in New York yesterday issued an interim stay of the Federal Aviation Administration's 2006 decision allowing the $331 million airport to be built.

Friends of PFN - the FAA's three-letter designation for the city's existing airport - filed the motion requesting the stay.

The group of pilots don't want the airport moved. The Natural Resources
Defense Council and other environmental groups are also parties to
litigation opposing the airport relocation plan.

An attorney for the Panama City-Bay County Airport Authority says that airport officials expected the court to hear oral arguments in the case on December 18th.

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