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Rep. DeFazio Calls for PFC Increase
Feb 01, 2017 05:17 PM (ET)
Regulatory Reform Discussed at Senate Hearing
Feb 01, 2017 05:16 PM (ET)
Norfolk International Airport Traffic Increases
Feb 01, 2017 11:15 AM (ET)
Volaris Launches Service at MIA
Feb 01, 2017 08:56 AM (ET)
AAAE Issues Call for Scholarship Applications
Feb 01, 2017 08:55 AM (ET)

Wow Air, Known for $69 Flights to Iceland, Will Add Premium Seats
Condé Nast Traveler - Feb 01, 2017 04:42 PM (ET)
The budget airline is ready to welcome fliers looking for a comfier—but still affordable—ride.

Avianca Says to Negotiate Alliance With United Airlines
Reuters - Feb 01, 2017 04:42 PM (ET)
Avianca Holdings SA, one of Latin America's biggest airlines, said late on Tuesday it is seeking a commercial alliance with United Continental Holdings Inc, under terms still to be negotiated.

Etihad Aviation Group and Lufthansa Group Extend Cooperation
Arabian Aerospace (U.K.) - Feb 01, 2017 04:41 PM (ET)
Etihad Aviation Group and Lufthansa German Airlines have unveiled details of a new commercial partnership.

Australian Business Travellers Keen on In-Flight Wi-Fi Connectivity
Get Connected - Feb 01, 2017 04:40 PM (ET)
New research in Australia has found that the majority of business air travellers now feel they need to be contactable via in-flight Wi-Fi at all times for work.

It Pays to Change: Airlines Embrace Electronic Payment Services
APEX - Feb 01, 2017 04:39 PM (ET)
With Finnair set to become the first airline to accept Alipay for in-flight transactions, the airline industry is embracing electronic payment services, and taking the next step in the evolution of commerce.

Here's How Much Terrorist Attacks Cut Into Air Travel
Bloomberg - Feb 01, 2017 04:38 PM (ET)
Terrorist attacks have become both more frequent and more deadly. While their social cost is enormous and evident, economists are tallying up something more obscure: how much they reduce output.

Hundreds of Planes Expected at Fall Event at Groton-New London Airport
The Day (New London, Conn.) - Feb 01, 2017 04:38 PM (ET)
The equivalent of an auto show for aircraft enthusiasts could bring up to 600 planes and a few thousand people to the area this fall.

Fund Could Make Travel to Airport Easier
Florida Today (Melbourne, Fla.) - Feb 01, 2017 04:08 PM (ET)
Gov. Rick Scott's latest budget proposal includes nearly $57 million for direct access between Interstate 95 and the Orlando Melbourne International Airport.

Johnstown Airport Funding in Jeopardy Under Spending Model
Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, Pa.) - Feb 01, 2017 04:07 PM (ET)
Passenger air service at 173 small airports – including Johnstown, Altoona and DuBois – would be in jeopardy under a spending model included in discussions by President Donald Trump’s budget team.

American Airlines, Qantas Remove Codeshare on DFW-Sydney Route
Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas) - Feb 01, 2017 04:05 PM (ET)
Without anti-trust immunity for its partnership, American Airlines and Qantas Airways are modifying their codeshare agreements.

Idaho Residents Fight Bruce Willis Over Private Airport
Page Six - Feb 01, 2017 03:59 PM (ET)
Residents of a rural southern Idaho county have filed a lawsuit over a zoning change that will allow actor Bruce Willis to build a private airport.

Airport in Freeport to Resurface Runway With $1.7M Grant
AP - Feb 01, 2017 12:44 PM (ET)
A small airport in northern Illinois is getting a $1.7 million grant to resurface its one hard-surface runway.

CAP Helps Prepare for Super Bowl
General Aviation News - Feb 01, 2017 12:00 PM (ET)
Civil Air Patrol’s Texas Wing flew Jan. 24 and will fly again Jan. 31 and Feb. 2 in southeast Texas to help the Air Force ensure the safety and security of airspace around NRG Stadium and Super Bowl 51, slated for Feb. 5.

KDPA Restricts Drones
General Aviation News - Feb 01, 2017 12:00 PM (ET)
DuPage Airport Authority (DAA) has restricted the use of drones on or above DAA property.

Precheck to Ease Screening at Palmer Airport
Pittsburgh Tribune - Feb 01, 2017 11:20 AM (ET)
Travelers boarding Spirit Airlines flights at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity can keep their shoes on at the security checkpoint if they sign up for a Precheck program offered by the Transportation Security Administration.

Panola Co. Airport Closed After Damage From Reported Pipeline Explosion
KLTV (Tyler, Texas) - Feb 01, 2017 11:19 AM (ET)
The Panola County Airport-Sharpe Field in Carthage is closed after a reported pipeline explosion destroyed part of the runway.

United CEO: Flying With 'Subpar Product and Subpar Schedules Doesn't Work'
Skift - Feb 01, 2017 11:14 AM (ET)
United Airlines irritated key customers when it tried to shrink itself to higher profits under its previous executive regime, often flying smaller planes on competitive routes and dropping flights in business markets, CEO Oscar Munoz told employees recently, according to a video of the event obtained by Skift.

Why Norwegian Air's Argentinian Move Makes Sense
Skift - Feb 01, 2017 11:13 AM (ET)
Having already taken on legacy carriers with its cheap flights between Europe and the U.S., Norwegian Air has now set its sights on a less well served market.

Long Layover? How About a Workout at an Airport Gym?
Fox Business - Feb 01, 2017 11:08 AM (ET)
Work out while waiting for your flight? That's an option now at Baltimore Washington International Airport, where the only gym at a U.S. airport past security opened this week with plans to open 20 more at airports by 2020.

Growing Vegetables - at the Airport?
Yale Climate Connections - Feb 01, 2017 11:05 AM (ET)
Rushing through a busy airport, you wouldn’t expect to see a lush green vegetable garden. But at Chicago’s O’Hare International, that’s exactly what you’ll find.

Don Scott Airport to Get New Terminal
Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch - Feb 01, 2017 11:05 AM (ET)
Ohio State University's Don Scott Field will be getting a new $13.4 million terminal and educational building, with work expected to start in late May.

San Diego Airport: Flights Diverted, Delayed and Canceled Due to Fog
CBS News 8 (San Diego) - Feb 01, 2017 11:04 AM (ET)
Early morning travelers at Lindbergh Field may experience delays Wednesday due to dense fog blanketing the San Diego County coastline.

Unattended Bag Causes Partial Airport Evacuation
Shreveport (La.) Times - Feb 01, 2017 11:00 AM (ET)
Several passengers at the Shreveport Regional Airport were evacuated Tuesday after a bag was left unattended in the airport's baggage claim area.

American Airlines Pilots Denied TRO In Seniority Suit
Law360 - Feb 01, 2017 10:58 AM (ET)
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday denied a temporary restraining order to a proposed class of American Airlines pilots who sought to prevent the airline from implementing a new integrated seniority list as a consequence of its merger with US Airways.

Flight Makes Emergency Landing at McGhee-Tyson Airport
WVLT (Knoxville, Tenn.) - Feb 01, 2017 10:57 AM (ET)
An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing at McGhee-Tyson Airport in Alcoa, Tennessee, Tuesday night following a bomb scare.

Aircraft Damaged, Vehicles Stolen in Weekend Crime Spree at Placerville Airport
Sacramento (Calif.) Bee - Feb 01, 2017 10:56 AM (ET)
Aircraft owners are still totaling up damages after a weekend of thefts and vandalism at the Placerville Airport.

Stewart Airport Still Potential Superfund Site
Times Herald-Record (Hudson Valley, N.Y.) - Feb 01, 2017 10:56 AM (ET)
When the state designated Stewart Air National Guard Base a Superfund site and declared the base the source of the toxic chemical found in the City of Newburgh's primary water supply, it also named Stewart International Airport as a potential environmental hazard.

Atlanta Airport Gets Biometric Security Screening Option Today
Atlanta Business Chronicle - Feb 01, 2017 10:50 AM (ET)
Atlanta airport travelers get the option of paying for biometric screening and cutting down security line time at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s south terminal starting today.

Lehigh Valley Airport Treading Deeper Into E-Commerce Business
Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) - Feb 01, 2017 10:47 AM (ET)
The Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority took a step to grow its burgeoning e-commerce business by approving plans Tuesday to use a second warehouse near the airfield to handle cargo from FedEx and Amazon flights until it can build its own $20 million warehouse.

Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport Hit by Major Computer Outage
Reuters - Feb 01, 2017 10:46 AM (ET)
A major computer malfunction crippled traffic at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport for hours on Wednesday, causing delays or cancellations of more than 100 flights at one of Europe's largest transportation hubs.

Flight Operations Hit at Delhi Airport
The Hindu (India) - Feb 01, 2017 10:45 AM (ET)
Runway 28 was non-operational for over an hour after an Indigo flight 6E 719 bound to Chennai from Delhi during departure did runway incursion.

Amazon to Bring $1.5 Billion Hub to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport
Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader - Feb 01, 2017 10:39 AM (ET)
A $1.5 billion Amazon air hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport received preliminary approval for $40 million in Kentucky tax incentives on Tuesday.

'Phenomenal' Growth Continues in Fort Wayne
Inside Indiana Business - Feb 01, 2017 10:38 AM (ET)
The airport in the state's second-largest city is hailing a record 2016. Fort Wayne International Airport says nearly 366,000 passengers took flights out of FWA in 2016, topping the previous record set in 2000.

What's the Real Reason for Shutting Down Santa Monica Airport?
Los Angeles Times - Feb 01, 2017 10:37 AM (ET)
I’m sure that all the people who ran businesses at Santa Monica Airport for decades, and were strong-armed out of their life’s work by an over-eager Santa Monica City Council, will find only bittersweet satisfaction that the airport shall now remain in operation without them for another 11 years.

Peoria Airport Doesn't Expect Much Loss from Caterpillar Move
Journal Star (Peoria, Ill.) - Feb 01, 2017 10:30 AM (ET)
As Caterpillar Inc. announced its plans to relocate its global headquarters to Chicago "to have better access to flights," the director of Peoria's airport said the relocation of several hundred executives and support staff is unlikely to have much effect on the number of flights booked from Peoria.

Single-Engine Plane Crashes on Takeoff at Centennial Airport
KDVR (Denver) - Feb 01, 2017 10:22 AM (ET)
A single-engine plane crashed on takeoff at Centennial Airport on Tuesday morning, officials said.

UPS 2016 Profit Falls 29%; Cites Pension Charge and Product Shift
Air Transport World - Feb 01, 2017 10:21 AM (ET)
United Parcel Service (UPS) reported a 2016 net profit of $3.4 billion, down 29.2% from net income of $4.8 billion in 2015, on a 4.4% year-over-year rise in revenue to $60.9 billion.

LOT Polish Airlines to Lease Three Boeing 787-9s
Air Transport World - Feb 01, 2017 10:11 AM (ET)
LOT Polish Airlines will lease three Boeing 787-9s from US-based Aviation Capital Group to further develop its long-haul fleet.

Ryanair Expands in Italy and Spain
Air Transport World - Feb 01, 2017 10:09 AM (ET)
This winter, Irish low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair will expand by 10% at Barcelona, 12% in Madrid and 54% at Milan Malpensa, as it continues an aggressive growth strategy.

Delta, American Swap Gates at LAX in Ramp-Up to Terminal Upgrades
Air Transport World - Feb 01, 2017 10:09 AM (ET)
Delta Air Lines swapped four gates with American Airlines at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Jan. 31, the first visible element of Delta’s infrastructure upgrade at LAX.

Pulkovo Airport Added 15 Destinations in 2016
Air Transport World - Feb 01, 2017 10:07 AM (ET)
Russia’s Pulkovo International Airport added 15 new destinations in 2016, comprising six domestic and nine international routes.

Intelsat 33e Satellite Enters Service
Air Transport World - Feb 01, 2017 09:08 AM (ET)
The Intelsat 33e satellite has successfully completed in-orbit testing and entered service on Jan. 29, providing enterprise-grade connectivity for aviation.

Tech Firms Complete Volcanic Ash Detection Ground Tests
Air Transport World - Feb 01, 2017 09:08 AM (ET)
Technology firm Elbit Systems and Norway’s Nicarnica Aviation have performed ground trials on a new system, aimed at detecting volcanic ash up to 100 km ahead of an aircraft.

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