Jun 12, 2018 08:46 AM (ET)
Orlando Airport Promises 'Major Announcement' on New Flights in U.S. and Abroad
Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel - Jun 12, 2018 05:34 PM (ET)
Orlando’s airport will make a “major announcement” Thursday that it says will result in a “substantial economic impact to the Central Florida region.”
Is a Change to the 1,500-Hour Pilot Rule in the Offing?
Flying Magazine - Jun 12, 2018 05:33 PM (ET)
DOT Secretary Elaine Chao last week said the administration might be reconsidering one of the most controversial elements of the 2010 Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act, the provision that requires Part 121 first officers on scheduled air carriers to possess an ATP rating before setting foot in the cockpit during regular revenue service.
Baton Rouge Airport to Add Direct Flights to Two New Cities, Officials Announce
The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) - Jun 12, 2018 03:58 PM (ET)
The Baton Rouge Metro Airport will soon add direct flights to two new cities, officials announced Tuesday.
New Airport Director Announced for Athens-Ben Epps Airport
The Red & Black (Athens, Ga.) - Jun 12, 2018 03:58 PM (ET)
Mike Matthews, former director of Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in Floyd County, has been announced as the new director for Athens-Ben Epps Airport, an Athens-Clarke County press release said.
Orlando Airport Deploying SITA Tech at International Boarding Gates for Biometric Exit
BiometricUpdate.com - Jun 12, 2018 03:57 PM (ET)
The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) has selected SITA as its technology partner for the first airport to implement the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) biometric exit program at all international boarding gates, according to an announcement.
Uber, Lyft Can Pick Up Passengers at Pearson Airport Starting Tuesday
Toronto Star (Canada) - Jun 12, 2018 03:11 PM (ET)
Passengers at Pearson airport will be able to call for a car from a ride-sharing company when they land in Toronto starting today.
United Will Now Fly You By Helicopter to Newark Airport
Conde Nast Traveler - Jun 12, 2018 03:10 PM (ET)
Even though United has been trying to convince most New Yorkers that Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) isn't that far away from the five boroughs (see: "FASTEWR" and "CLOSEWR" billboards around the city), to many, it still feels far enough.
Sea-Tac Airport Speeds to the Top of the List in Ookla's Ranking of Best Free Wi-Fi in North America
GeekWire.com - Jun 12, 2018 03:10 PM (ET)
When it comes to flying these days, few things are free anymore. But free Wi-Fi is still a perk worth enjoying and a new analysis by Seattle-based Ookla ranks the best airports in North America when it comes to speed and reliability.
'Unacceptable:' TSA Manpower Issues Cause Long Delays at Sea-Tac Airport, Again
KOMO (Seattle) - Jun 12, 2018 02:41 PM (ET)
Thousands of people were delayed in TSA security lines at Sea-Tac airport all day Sunday in what an airport spokesman called, "one of the worst days ever."
Manchester-Boston Airport to Use $6.8m Grant to Reconstruct Taxiways
New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.) - Jun 12, 2018 11:37 AM (ET)
Work will start this summer to realign and reconstruct two taxiways at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.
Passengers 'Forgotten' on Tarmac at Geneva Airport
The Local (Switzerland) - Jun 12, 2018 11:31 AM (ET)
A group of passengers landing in Geneva recently found themselves having to walk from the plane to the airport terminal unaccompanied after a shuttle bus failed to arrive.
First Direct Flight from China Lands at Edinburgh Airport
BBC News (U.K.) - Jun 12, 2018 11:29 AM (ET)
The first direct flight from China to Scotland has landed at Edinburgh Airport.
New Customs Facility at Gary Airport to Open in July, Officials Say
Chicago Tribune - Jun 12, 2018 11:20 AM (ET)
The new U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility at the Gary/Chicago International Airport is set to open in early July, officials said last week.
Battle over Airport Board Control Still in Litigation
WLBT (Jackson, Miss.) - Jun 12, 2018 11:19 AM (ET)
The battle over control of the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport continues in court, but it could now be costing taxpayers money. A recent report says the state has spent $400,000 of taxpayers money defending their new law.
Close Teterboro Airport and Expand Newark, JFK to Absorb the Traffic, Planning Group Says
NorthJersey.com (Woodland Park, N.J.) - Jun 12, 2018 11:17 AM (ET)
An influential planning group recommends phasing out general aviation operations at Teterboro Airport, shifting its flights to the region's three major airports and expanding both Newark Liberty and JFK to absorb the traffic.
Welcome to Florida! Alligator Halts Plane at Orlando International Airport
WESH (Orlando, Fla.) - Jun 12, 2018 11:15 AM (ET)
A plane was briefly delayed Monday at Orlando International Airport as an alligator made its way across the runway.
The Secret Science of Airports
Forbes - Jun 12, 2018 11:09 AM (ET)
I fly out of New Zealand’s Wellington Airport pretty regularly, but last week, the airport itself was my destination. I’d been offered a behind-the-scenes tour of the terminal, so (obviously) I jumped at the chance.
Air France Pilot Unions Call for More Strikes June 23-26
Air Transport World - Jun 12, 2018 11:05 AM (ET)
Air France said its pilots’ unions have called for strikes on June 23, 24, 25 and 26, part of a long-running dispute between employees and management over pay, and condemned the unions’ move as “incompatible with any concern for the company’s future.”
Ryanair, Unite Agree to UK Cabin Crew Representation
Air Transport World - Jun 12, 2018 11:03 AM (ET)
Irish LCC Ryanair has inked its second cabin crew union agreement, recognizing the UK’s Unite the union, where 25% of the airline’s fleet is based.
Rolls-Royce Discovers Problems with Other Trent Engines
Air Transport World - Jun 12, 2018 11:02 AM (ET)
Rolls-Royce is widening the scope of checks on the Trent 1000 family of engines after issues were found in other derivatives of the Boeing 787 engine.
Cathay Pacific Eyes Possible Future LCC
Air Transport World - Jun 12, 2018 11:01 AM (ET)
Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways has not ruled out establishing an LCC unit, although such a move would be very unlikely in the short-term, CEO Rupert Hogg said.
Hainan Airlines Discloses More Details of Assets Restructuring Plan
Air Transport World - Jun 12, 2018 11:00 AM (ET)
China’s Hainan Airlines Holding has unveiled further details of its assets restructuring plan, which include circulating 3.4 billion shares to take over stakes owned by parent HNA Group’s with an investment of CNY10.5 billion ($1.6 billion) and circulating non-public A shares to 10 investors to raise no more than CNY7 billion.
IATA's other imbalance is the lack of LCCs
Air Transport World - Jun 12, 2018 11:00 AM (ET)
IATA’s board chairman, Akbar al Baker, created a lot of controversy last week when he ended the IATA AGM in Sydney by telling reporters that “only a man” could run an airline (for which he later apologized). This followed a media stir when IATA issued a photograph of its board members, comprising 25 men and just one woman. But gender inequality is not the only imbalance in IATA’s ranks.
Study: FAA Should Change Drone Risk Assessment Approach
Air Transport World - Jun 12, 2018 10:57 AM (ET)
The FAA should change its approach to assessing safety risk when it considers unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations, the Washington DC-based National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recommended in a study released June 11.
China's Spring Airlines to Use A320neos on Longer Routes
Air Transport World - Jun 12, 2018 10:55 AM (ET)
China’s Spring Airlines plans to introduce much longer routes when it begins receiving Airbus A320neo family aircraft in the second half of this year.