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The Latest: Lawmaker urges appeal of airport runway ruling

July 9, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on a federal appeals court overturning a Connecticut law that limits the length of Tweed-New Haven Airport’s main runway (all times local):

4 p.m.

A top Connecticut lawmaker is urging the state attorney general to appeal a new court ruling that overturns a law limiting the length of Tweed-New Haven Airport’s main runway.

State Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney, a New Haven Democrat, said Tuesday that neighborhoods around the airport need to be protected from any damaging effect from the court decision.

Three federal appeals court judges ruled earlier Tuesday that federal aviation law trumps the 2009 state law that limits the runway length to the current 5,600 feet (1,707 meters). Airport officials say Tweed can’t attract more commercial flights because the runway is too short.

Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano, of North Haven, says the runway length restriction should remain in effect because it’s in a contract between the airport, New Haven and East Haven.

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10:50 a.m.

A federal appeals court has directed a judge to overturn a Connecticut law that limits the length of Tweed-New Haven Airport’s main runway, saying it conflicts with federal aviation law.

The decision on Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York is a victory for the state-run airport, which said the 2009 law limiting the runway to its current 5,600 feet threatened existing airline service and prevented it from attracting more commercial flights.

It wasn’t immediately clear if state Attorney General William Tong’s office planned to appeal the ruling.

A federal magistrate judge in Hartford upheld the state law in 2017, prompting the airport to appeal to the federal appellate court.

The airport currently has daily flights to and from Philadelphia.

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