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Couple still hoping to fix damages to Paradise Airport

A Paradise couple is still waiting on PG&E to help restore damages to the airport, which the utility used as a staging area during the Camp Fire.

Posted: Jul 26, 2019 5:30 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2019 5:35 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Paradise Airport has been closed since the Camp Fire.

The Franklin’s, who own of the airport, say they signed a contract with PG&E to let them stage their equipment during the Camp Fire. In that contract, PG&E did agree to restore damages done to the airport.

Since then, the Franklin’s say they have paid to redo the runway and they are waiting on PG&E to pay them back, but they are working with PG&E and hopeful that the company will be following through with their contractual agreement.

"We are moving in the right direction we are hopeful they are going to get something moving forward pretty soon to restore the airport they are working in the right direction it is a slow-going process, but until then our family business is shut down," said James Franklin. 

It’s not only the Franklinss family business that is affected, but also the rebuilding process of Paradise if contractors want to fly in.

"Well it limits their access to come up here and be productive in their work and they have to fly to an outside airport and find a ride to come up here. So instead of being five miles south of town,” he said. 

A pilot named Ed Cox said something similar.

"There's an aircraft mechanic here, his business is affected, we are affected as it is difficult for us to come and go and we really have to navigate our system if you will," Cox said. 

Cox owns and operated a business in Southern California and said he has lost thousands of dollars because of the closure,

"Obviously there is lost time and productivity associated with that, because we take a 2 hour and 45-minute flight and that turns into an 8 hour one-way drive," he said. 

PG&E said, "PG&E is currently working with the airport owners to attempt to informally resolve the issues surrounding restoration of the airport. We cannot provide any additional details on the nature and scope of these discussions.”

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