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Reagan Airport in D.C. to Reopen

September 28, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said Friday that Reagan National Airport will reopen, and an announcement could come next week.

Speaking on ABC’s ``Good Morning America,″ Mineta said the airport will definitely reopen and that the Transportation Department is working with the National Security Council and Secret Service to develop a security plan to make that possible.

``The Secret Service is very concerned about the flight pattern into National, but every day we work ... coming up with alternative plans to make sure that they’re satisfied about security,″ Mineta said.

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said a decision has not been reached, despite Mineta’s statement. He said President Bush is concerned about the economic impact of keeping the airport closed, but realizes there are security issues as well.

Separately, senior White House officials said there are tentative plans for Bush or Mineta to announce next week that the airport will be reopened once security issues, such as securing cockpits, are addressed.

The airport just outside Washington is the nation’s only commercial airport that remains closed as a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

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