L.A. City Council gives thumbs up to United LAX-to-China flights
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday gave approval for a United Airlines’ proposed daily nonstop service between China and Los Angeles International Airport.
According to the application, filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation last month, United Airlines will offer daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and Shanghai beginning in 2009, and between San Francisco and Guangzhou in 2008.
Originally scheduled for a vote on Tuesday, Council member Janice Hahn asked for the council to provide more evaluation time, affording Hahn an opportunity to speak with United Airlines about providing workers with a living wage. The city estimates that two routes will generate about $165 million a year in wages and create 3,120 jobs.
Also aboard with the plan was Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who announced his endorsement of the proposed flights last month.