A jet that landed at Lincoln Airport about three and a half years ago has overstayed its welcome, so the airport has started charging daily parking.
The 1981 Canadair CL-600 Challenger had been flown from Santa Ana, Calif., to Lincoln on Sept. 3, 2009, for maintenance at Duncan Aviation.
Duncan spokeswoman Lori Johnson says that "due to many unforeseen circumstances, it did not leave at that time." She says Duncan is helping the current owner in trying to move the jet away from Lincoln.
Johnson says she did not know whether the jet is flyable. However on Monday Eric Haymes, President of Mojave Jet Group in Beverly Hills, California said his company will put the corporate aircraft back into flying order and have it moved. He said the aircraft has not been abandoned. He just saw the airport bill and had not talked to airport officials.
On March 1 Lincoln Airport officials began charging the jet's owner in California $50 a day, in keeping with a new policy for any aircraft that stays past 30 free days of parking.
That's a better deal for passengers who have to pay $6 a day longterm parking without a single free day of parking.