City files response to FAA fine over ‘unsafe conditions’ at Cleveland Hopkins Airport

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The city of Cleveland has filed a response after the Federal Aviation Administration fined Cleveland Hopkins International Airport for unsafe conditions.

It was announced in September that the agency was fining the airport, alleging that it failed to adequately staff snow removal teams on several dates over the course of the last two or three years. It forced a number of flights to be diverted to other airports.

The FAA says Hopkins also failed to respond in a timely manner to icy conditions and failed to tell airlines which areas of the airport were safe.

In its response, the city of Cleveland states that the violations cited by the FAA either did not occur or the circumstances that did occur do not warrant the amount of the fine. It also says that it works to ensure safe practices at the airport.

The city added that it's developed "new, creative methods" to maintain staffing levels and be well-equipped to handle the upcoming winter season.

The city, in part, also asks the FAA to consider reducing the proposed fines and to find that throughout the 2014-2015 winter season, the airport was safe and secure.

**Click here for the city's entire response**