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Concorde / Kennedy International Airport #492981

NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 07, 1977
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(Studio) Britain and France have launched pressure attacks in attempt to get permission to land supersonic transport Concorde in NYC. Port Authority has jurisdiction over airports and was to decide this week on issue; now decision has been postponed indefinitely.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Kennedy International Airport, New York) If Authority had voted this week, vote would have been against supersonic transport landing at Kennedy International, due to political pressure from Governor Hugh Carey, who has veto over Authority. Postponement requested by British and French officials so technical people to offer alternative procedures for noise abatement.
REPORTER: Robert Hager

(Studio) Reaction in France to NYC's refusal of Concorde noted; some groups, incl. Communists, petition United States embassy in Paris; issue has strained US-France relations
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(London, England) Anxiety of British and French to get New York City landing permission and reasons noted. 2 groups meet with United States ambassador in Paris. [French legislature Lucien NEUWIRTH - cites French concerns with regard to decision of NYC government] Later French Communist party group meets with United States ambassador Issue has caused strain in United States relations with Britain and France.
REPORTER: John Palmer

(Studio) Anchor asks what form retaliation spoken of by British and French may take.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(London, England) Exs. of possible retaliation measures cited; 1 is American passenger planes to France might be forced to land at Lyons, 3-hr. drive from Paris.
REPORTER: John Palmer

(Studio) Anchor notes United States would have right, whether it was used or not, to require conventional jets of Britain and France to land outside NYC.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(London, England) Says British and French realize they're not in position to go into actual economy warfare with US, but hope threat of action against United States airlines might cause Port Authority and governor of New York to look on situation more favorably.
REPORTER: John Palmer

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Hager, Robert;
Palmer, John

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