- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is looking to hire additional airfield staff after the Federal Aviation Administration said it fail to meet safety requirements during winter weather.

The federal agency has proposed civil penalties totaling $735,000 against the city of Cleveland. The FAA alleges airport managers failed to keep the airport’s runways and taxiways clear of snow and ice on multiple occasions during a 15-month period that ended in March.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports (https://bit.ly/1ioUeVR ) that the city will start accepting applications Saturday for maintenance workers, airport operations agents and other personnel.

City spokesman Dan Williams says Cleveland must hire seasonal snowplow operators, too. He says the airport currently has 25 part-time snowplow drivers and needs 46 to meet minimum-staffing requirements under an agreement with the FAA.

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This story has been corrected to report that FAA has proposed civil penalties totaling $735,000, not fined.

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Information from: Northeast Ohio Media Group, https://www.cleveland.com

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