PAOA deal to transfer Palo Alto Airport from Santa Clara County to the city has all but been cleared for take off.

As midnight approached Monday, the Palo Alto City Council unanimously approved a complex set of documents that would place the city in control of the airport, known as PAO. The State Lands Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration still need to weigh in on the deal.

“This is an outcome that we’ve had strong interest in for some time,” said Councilwoman Gail Price.

The county has operated the airport on land leased from the city since 1967. In 2006, the county announced it wasn’t interested in continuing the arrangement past the lease’s expiration in 2017.

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