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Congratulations to Newly Accredited Airport Executive
May 22, 2017 11:48 AM (ET)
Dean Schultz, A.A.E., Named to AAAE Committee Role
May 22, 2017 09:14 AM (ET)
St. Louis to Gain New Flights to Mexico
May 22, 2017 09:12 AM (ET)
Alaska Airlines Receives DOT Approval for Mexico Flights
May 22, 2017 09:12 AM (ET)
AAAE Delivers Service, Innovation, Results for Its Members
May 22, 2017 09:11 AM (ET)

Flying This Summer? Get Ready for Record-Breaking Crowds at Charlotte's Airport
Charlotte (N.C.) Observer - May 22, 2017 03:20 PM (ET)
Officials at Charlotte’s airport are warning travelers this summer to get ready for record-breaking crowds starting as early as this weekend, as bookings for local flights appear strong for the next few months.

Aviation Boss Wants Israeli Airport Agency to Assess O'Hare, Midway
Chicago Sun-Times - May 22, 2017 03:19 PM (ET)
The city plans to hire the Israel Airports Authority to do a security assessment of O’Hare and Midway airports, Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans said Monday.

Midway Airport Unveils Many New Dining Upgrades Including a White Sox Bar
Eater - May 22, 2017 03:18 PM (ET)
Over the weekend, travelers through Chicago’s Midway International Airport saw the completion of various dining upgrades with the opening of new restaurants including a White Sox-themed restaurant, Tabo Sushi, and Cafe L’ Appettito. The city’s aviation department told the Daily Herald as many as 29 new food vendors will eventually arrive at the city’s other airport.

Turkey: Man Detained on American Airlines Flight Just Wanted First Class Seat
AP - May 22, 2017 11:49 AM (ET)
Turkey's official news agency says the FBI has detained a Turkish man who attempted to sit in first class on a Los Angeles-Honolulu flight.

Peach Becomes Japan's First Airline to Accept Payment in Bitcoin
Bloomberg - May 22, 2017 11:43 AM (ET)
Peach Aviation Ltd. will become the first Japanese carrier to accept bitcoin as payment for airline tickets as the discount airline aims to attract more tourists from other parts of Asia.

Jetstar Plane That Took Off after Curfew at Queenstown Airport to Be Investigated
New Zealand Herald - May 22, 2017 10:24 AM (ET)
A breach of regulations by Queenstown Airport has been described as disappointing and concerning.

Engineers Devise Promising Solution to Canberra Airport PFC Contamination
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) - May 22, 2017 10:23 AM (ET)
Engineers have devised a promising solution to the chemical contamination crisis hitting airports across the country, including Canberra.

John Glenn Airport is Development Magnet
Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch - May 22, 2017 10:22 AM (ET)
Several years from now, the road around John Glenn Columbus International Airport will be a giant construction site as a planned billion-dollar new terminal is built.

Airport Authority Wants Honeywell to Pay for Environmental Cleanup
Chicago Tribune - May 22, 2017 10:22 AM (ET)
The Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority is seeking some $2.5 million in reimbursement from Honeywell International for money the airport is paying for environmental cleanup.

Editorial: Pilot Shortage Threatens Smaller Airports
Roanoke (Va.) Times - May 22, 2017 10:19 AM (ET)
Things seem to be looking up, up and away for the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport. American Airlines recently added a second weekday flight to New York’s LaGuardia Airport, plus a Saturday flight where previously there wasn’t one.

EasyJet Under Fire After Delays and Cancellations from Bristol Airport
Bath Chroncile (U.K.) - May 22, 2017 09:43 AM (ET)
Flights to and from Bristol Airport have returned to normal after a number of delays and cancellations at the weekend.

In the Know: RSW Airport Cleared for Takeoffs
Naples (Fla.) Daily News - May 22, 2017 09:42 AM (ET)
Q: I've noticed a significant amount of ground clearing and grading around the Regional Southwest Airport complex. Are there plans for future construction?— R. Branson, Naples. A: You most likely are seeing a clearing for takeoffs at the Southwest Florida International Airport.

The Skies Belong to the People
General Aviation News - May 22, 2017 09:41 AM (ET)
While testifying before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on reforming ATC, Hartzell Propeller President Joe Brown testified that he finds the idea of privatizing ATC troubling, noting that the U.S. skies belong to the people and should be managed by their elected representatives and the FAA, which can balance collective interests and adjudicate access.

Women in Aviation to Meet in Dayton
General Aviation News - May 22, 2017 09:40 AM (ET)
Women in Aviation International will hold a Connect event in Dayton, Ohio, on Sept 29-30, 2017.

Honeywell Gets First Airline For Data-Driven MRO Service
MRO Network - May 22, 2017 09:40 AM (ET)
Chinese Carrier Hainan Airlines becomes the first carrier in the world to sign up for Honeywell’s GoDirect Maintenance Service program.

Taxi Lane Project Will Improve Drainage at Willmar Municipal Airport
West Central Tribune (Willmar, Minn.) - May 22, 2017 09:32 AM (ET)
Owners of private hangars at the Willmar Municipal Airport should see improved surface drainage following the completion of a east taxi lane project this fall. The Willmar City Council approved the plans and specifications for the project at a May 15 meeting, as well as ordering the advertisement for bids.

Clark Airport Expansion Gets Neda-ICC Approval
Inquirer (Philippines) - May 22, 2017 09:31 AM (ET)
The National Economic and Development Authority’s Investment Coordination Committee (Neda-ICC) last week approved the proposal of state-run Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) to expand the annual capacity of the Clark International Airport to eight million passengers.

Overseas Flights in Chaos after Sydney Airport Passport Drama
The West Australian - May 22, 2017 09:29 AM (ET)
International flights out of Australia have been thrown into chaos by an outage of the electronic interface that shares sensitive passenger information between airlines and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Aeromexico Plane Hits and Knocks Over LA Airport Truck
The Australian - May 22, 2017 09:28 AM (ET)
Eight people were injured on Saturday after an Aeromexico flight clipped an airport utility truck, flipping it over, shortly after landing at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said.

LATAM Airlines Group Posts $66 Million 1Q Net Profit
Air Transport World - May 22, 2017 09:26 AM (ET)
South America’s LATAM Airlines Group reported a first-quarter 2017 net profit of $65.6 million, down 35.9% from the company’s $102.2 million net income in 1Q 2016.

Kuwait Airways Implements New Ticketing System
Air Transport World - May 22, 2017 09:22 AM (ET)
Gulf airline Kuwait Airways will undertake its long-awaited cutover to a new ticketing and reservations system this weekend.

Southwest to Open More International Flights
Air Transport World - May 22, 2017 09:21 AM (ET)
Southwest Airlines plans to launch new international flights from Fort Lauderdale, Nashville, and St. Louis beginning in November. All flights are subject to government approvals.

Lufthansa Technik Middle East Opens New Dubai Facility
Air Transport World - May 22, 2017 09:20 AM (ET)
Lufthansa Technik Middle East (LTME) has become fully operational in the Aviation District at Dubai South, near Dubai’s Al Maktoum International. The new facility is audited by the Federal Aviation Office of Germany and different customers from the region.

Uzbekistan Airways Launches 787-8 Operations to New York
Air Transport World - May 22, 2017 09:20 AM (ET)
Uzbekistan Airways launched 2X-weekly Tashkent-Riga-New York JFK Boeing 787-8 services, replacing a 767-300ER on the route, May 18.

Ryanair Begins Trialing Connecting Flights Through Rome
Air Transport World - May 22, 2017 09:19 AM (ET)
Irish low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair began trialing connecting flights through Rome Fiumicino, May 17, in a move away from point-to-point services.

Singapore Airlines Group Annual Net Profit Down 55%
Air Transport World - May 22, 2017 09:19 AM (ET)
Singapore Airlines Group (SIA) reported a FY2016-17 net profit of S$360 million ($259 million) for the fiscal year through March 31, down 55% from S$804.4 million in the previous year. SIA attributed the loss in part to the fourth-quarter net loss of S$138 million, reversed from a net profit of S$225 million in the FY2015-16 period.

IATA: Air Cargo Growth at Fastest Pace Since 2010
Air Transport World - May 22, 2017 09:18 AM (ET)
Growth in worldwide air cargo traffic reached its highest level in nearly seven years as March FTKs expanded 14% compared to a year ago, according to IATA’s March Air Freight Market analysis. Freight capacity increased 4.2% during the month, leading to a total market freight load factor of 47.4%, up 4.1 points year-over-year.

Alaska Airlines to Fly from Refurbished Paine Field in 2018
Air Transport World - May 22, 2017 09:17 AM (ET)
Seattle-based Alaska Airlines announced May 17 that it will begin commercial aircraft service out of Everett, Washington’s Snohomish County Airport-Paine Field (PAE) starting in fall 2018, subject to government approvals.

Air Serbia to Retrofit 10 Aircraft with Recaro Seats
Air Transport World - May 22, 2017 09:17 AM (ET)
Etihad Airways partner Air Serbia has begun retrofitting 10 of its Airbus A319s and A320s with slimmer and lighter-weight Recaro BL3520 seats, adding 12% capacity to the airline’s narrowbody fleet.

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