Posted: Jun 29, 2012 6:17 AM
Updated: Jun 29, 2012 6:17 AM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Austin City Council has nixed a proposal for a temporary terminal extension to handle flights for a Formula One race this fall.
Council members Thursday night rejected the $5.5 million plan for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Additional private flights are anticipated for the Nov. 18 race that marks the F1's return to the U.S. for the first time since 2007.
The Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/LTIWm5 ) reports the modular space would have been used to handle international charter flights and immigration processing.
The City Council raised concerns about the return on the more than $5 million investment. City aviation officials say a typical charter flight would generate about $9,000 in landing fees and fuel purchases.