Cities fight bigger airplane plan

The Herzliya municipality has sent a strongly worded letter to the Israel Airports Authority, protesting against its decision to allow larger airplanes to begin using the Herzliya airfield, reports The letter, written by the city's lawyers and sent before this week's municipal elections, says that city officials were dismayed to learn that the authority recently gave permission for a dual-engine airplane capable of holding 19 passengers to use the airfield, which until now has been used only by small single-engine planes. According to the report, the letter said that allowing an airplane of this size to use the airfield would present serious problems and was in breach of the law, with the Supreme Court having ordered in 2003 that there be no increase in activities at the airfield. The letter added that the mayors of the three surrounding cities (Herzliya, Ra'anana and Kfar Shmaryahu) were opposed to the idea and would fight it "with every legal means available to them." No response was reported from the authority.