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Tulsa International Installs Automated Exit Lane
Feb 22, 2017 11:50 AM (ET)
Southwest Florida International Airport Reports January Traffic
Feb 22, 2017 10:02 AM (ET)
PANY&NJ Approves Largest Capital Improvement Plan
Feb 22, 2017 09:58 AM (ET)
Fitch Upgrades Outlook on San Diego Airport Bonds
Feb 22, 2017 09:56 AM (ET)
AAAE Seeking Applications for 2017 Internships
Feb 22, 2017 09:55 AM (ET)
Living in the Age of Airplanes Discount
Feb 22, 2017 09:55 AM (ET)

Groups Revive Debate Over Passenger Fees for Airport Upgrades
The Hill (Washington, D.C.) - Feb 22, 2017 06:07 PM (ET)
Conservatives and libertarians are calling on Congress to lift the cap on the amount of money that airports can charge passengers to help pay for facility improvements.

Port Backs Bond at Airport
Daily Astorian (Ore.) - Feb 22, 2017 05:06 PM (ET)
The Port of Astoria will send a $2.6 million, three-year bond measure to Clatsop County voters in May to help finance the development of a southern portion of the Astoria Regional Airport.

Airport Advisory Committee Picks Master Plan Developer
Abilene (Kan.) Reflector Chronicle - Feb 22, 2017 05:05 PM (ET)
A quorum of the Abilene Airport Advisory Committee voted Monday evening to use its current consultant, Alfred Benesch & Company of Manhattan, to develop a new master plan for airport improvements.

Boeing Wants to Turn Satellites Into a Cheaper, Highly-Automated Business
TechCrunch - Feb 22, 2017 05:03 PM (ET)
Aerospace company Boeing is in the process of changing the way satellites are built and made operational, according to the Wall Street Journal, with an eye toward automating much of the process and making it easier to ramp production while also increasing overall efficiency.

Air France and Hertz Renew Exclusive Partnership
Business Traveller - Feb 22, 2017 05:02 PM (ET)
Air France has renewed its partnership with Hertz, Thrifty and Firefly car hire as the airline’s exclusive providers for the next four years.

Luton Airport's New £200m Shuttle Plans Mean Rail Passengers Will No Longer Need a Bus from the Stat
The Sun (U.K.) - Feb 22, 2017 04:18 PM (ET)
Luton Airport has attracted more than its fare share of bad reviews over the years, with travellers complaining about everything from lengthy security queues to a lack of seats.

Haneda Airport Sees Record-High Passenger Numbers in 2016
Japan Times - Feb 22, 2017 03:48 PM (ET)
A record 79.2 million passengers used Tokyo’s Haneda airport in 2016, up around 4 million from the previous record set in 2015, due to a rise in foreign visitors and the opening of new U.S. routes, government data showed Wednesday.

Flight Canceled at McCarran Airport Due to 'Non-Credible Threat'
KTNV (Las Vegas) - Feb 22, 2017 03:47 PM (ET)
An American Airlines flight leaving McCarran International Airport was canceled Tuesday evening due to a "non-credible threat."

Faster Bag Claims to Share Top Level of Airport Expansion
Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel - Feb 22, 2017 03:46 PM (ET)
New details for the South Terminal at Orlando International Airport emerged with an expedited baggage claim, together with passenger arrivals, on the top floor of the three-level project, according to airport officials.

New Biometric Screening Puts Security Screening on the Fast Track at MSP
Star Tribune (Minneapolis) - Feb 22, 2017 03:45 PM (ET)
With the swipe of a finger or a blink of an eye — and $179 a year — travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport can go directly to metal-detecting machines and bag-scanning lanes, bypassing serpentine lines at security checkpoints as passengers wait for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents to manually check identification and boarding passes.

Passenger Growth Pushes CHS Airport to Expand Plans
Charleston (S.C.) Regional Business Journal - Feb 22, 2017 03:45 PM (ET)
Charleston International Airport’s recently completed terminal expansion and makeover is already insufficient to handle the volume of travelers expected in the coming years.

Real Estate Developers Interested in Marlboro Airport Land
Marlborough (Mass.) Enterprise - Feb 22, 2017 03:44 PM (ET)
Real estate developers are interested in buying Marlboro Airport which has been on the market for $3 million since November, owner Sandra Stetson said.

Missouri Bill Would Allow To-Go Booze at Airports
Charlotte (N.C.) Observer - Feb 22, 2017 01:03 PM (ET)
A proposal that could allow travelers to drink alcohol at flight gates at St. Louis and Kansas City international airports is moving forward in the Missouri Legislature.

Brainstorming for Airport Growth
Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, Colo.) - Feb 22, 2017 12:59 PM (ET)
City and county officials on Tuesday urged Grand Junction Regional Airport officials to do more to draw Western Slope passengers and speed economic development efforts.

Drone Advisory Committee Builds Consensus
General Aviation News - Feb 22, 2017 12:58 PM (ET)
The Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) held its second meeting Jan. 31 in Reno, Nevada, according to FAA officials.

United and American Just Started Selling Super Restrictive Discount Fares
Skift - Feb 22, 2017 12:58 PM (ET)
Two major U.S. airlines have started selling no-frills discount fares that do not not permit most passengers to bring large carry-on bags to stow in the overhead bins.

System Outage Causes Backups At PHL
CBS Philadelphia - Feb 22, 2017 12:57 PM (ET)
A system outage created massive backups for passengers flying American Airlines out of the Philadelphia International Airport Wednesday morning.

Munich Airport's New “Digital Welcome Mat”
International Airport Review - Feb 22, 2017 12:44 PM (ET)
Contemporary design, comprehensive information, new features, and with functionality optimised for all devices: that sums up the new face of the redesigned Munich Airport website.

Impact of Airport Attacks on Security
WRBL (Columbus, Ga.) - Feb 22, 2017 12:43 PM (ET)
Deadly airport attacks have been making news over the past few years. Last year, bombings at the Brussels Airport and a metro station killed more than 30 people and injured 300 more.

Class Cert. Won't Fly In Delta Fee Suit, 11th Circ. Told
Law360 - Feb 22, 2017 12:42 PM (ET)
Delta Air Lines Inc. and AirTran Airways Inc. on Friday told the Eleventh Circuit it would be impractical to uphold a district court's certification of a class of about 28 million passengers in a suit alleging the airlines colluded to institute a first-checked baggage fee.

Southwest Wants Full 5th Circ. To Review Delta Gate Fight
Law360 - Feb 22, 2017 12:41 PM (ET)
Southwest Airlines Co. has asked the Fifth Circuit to reconsider en banc a ruling allowing Delta Air Lines Inc. to fly from gates at Dallas Love Field airport, saying a panel majority wrongly issued an advisory opinion despite Delta’s lack of standing.

7th Circ. Says Travelers Must Cover Some Of Airport's Costs
Law360 - Feb 22, 2017 12:41 PM (ET)
The Seventh Circuit Friday partially reversed a district court decision denying the Indianapolis Airport Authority insurance coverage for construction delays, saying Travelers was liable for the expenses of rushing the project to try to meet the deadline.

Making ATC Great Again
Air Transport World - Feb 22, 2017 12:40 PM (ET)
For better or worse, recent US presidents paid scant attention to commercial aviation unless a crisis erupted.

Take A Tour Of FedEx's Memphis Ramp In 1980
Aviation Week - Feb 22, 2017 12:39 PM (ET)
In 1980, FedEx was still a small yet growing cargo airline. It had been flying for a mere seven years, operated a single sorting hub in Memphis, and was in the early stages of moving from its original fleet of small Dassault Falcon 20s (pictured) to larger Boeing 727s and McDonnell Douglas DC-10s.

ATR Opens Miami Training Center to Fix Pilot Shortage
FlightGlobal - Feb 22, 2017 12:37 PM (ET)
ATR today opened a new pilot training centre in Miami as part of a wider effort to address a global pilot shortage problem that lately has become an "impediment to growth" for the turboprop manufacturer.

Daniel Andrews 'Ready for Essendon Airport Changes'
The Australian - Feb 22, 2017 12:36 PM (ET)
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the state and federal governments “stand ready to make any changes” to Essendon Airport following yesterday’s aviation tragedy that killed five people, but has urged local residents calling for its closure “not to lose perspective”.

Indianapolis International Airport Considers Upgrades to Give Travelers a More "Hoosier" Experience
RTV 6 (Indianapolis) - Feb 22, 2017 12:36 PM (ET)
The Indianapolis Airport Authority board is considering some improvements that would give the airport a more “Hoosier” feel.

Incredible Video Shows Harrison Ford's Close Call at Airport
WCVB (Boston) - Feb 22, 2017 12:34 PM (ET)
New video shows the close call actor Harrison Ford had when he was landing his plane at a California airport.

Alitalia Braces for Strike in Face of Financial Crisis
Air Transport World - Feb 22, 2017 12:00 PM (ET)
Italian national carrier Alitalia faces a strike by multiple trade unions and professional associations Feb. 23 that will force it to cancel 60% of flights that day.

Norwegian Focuses on Mid-Size US Cities for New Atlantic Services
Air Transport World - Feb 22, 2017 11:59 AM (ET)
Low-cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian is planning to open up transatlantic services from several mid-sized US cities that do not have European flights, the airline’s CEO said Feb.20.

European Regional Airlines Urge Safety Agency to Intervene in Flight Delay Court Cases
Air Transport World - Feb 22, 2017 11:58 AM (ET)
The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) is seeking assistance from the continent’s safety authority for carriers facing heavy compensation costs following flight delays.

European Regional Carriers Facing Tough Times
Air Transport World - Feb 22, 2017 11:58 AM (ET)
Europe’s regional airlines face a narrow—and shrinking—window of opportunity in which to make a profit, an industry consultant said in London Feb. 20.

JetBlue Introduces Special Embraer E190 Livery
Air Transport World - Feb 22, 2017 11:57 AM (ET)
JetBlue Airways has rolled out a special Embraer E190 livery and a new tailfin design that will appear on multiple aircraft this year. The New York-based airline said it is introducing the new paint schemes in celebration of its 17th anniversary this month.

Brazil's GOL Reverses Losses, Posts 2016 $339 Million Net Profit
Air Transport World - Feb 22, 2017 11:57 AM (ET)
São Paulo-based low-cost carrier GOL reported a full-year 2016 net profit of BRL1.1 billion ($338.5 million), reversing the airline’s BRL4.3 billion net loss in 2015.

Russia's Kaliningrad Region Eyes New Carrier
Air Transport World - Feb 22, 2017 11:56 AM (ET)
The Kaliningrad region of Russia wants to establish a regional airline. Local authorities have discussed creating a new carrier with Syktyvkar-based regional Komiaviatrans Airline and Embraer representatives in Russia, the Kaliningrad government said in a statement Feb. 21.

Executive Jet Transatlantic Operator Seeks New Business Model
Air Transport World - Feb 22, 2017 11:55 AM (ET)
More competition for lucrative transatlantic first-class passengers is imminent with the appearance of a new operator—New York-based Bliss Jet—selling individual seats on high-end business jets.

Recaro Posts Record Year for Aircraft Seat Deliveries
Air Transport World - Feb 22, 2017 11:55 AM (ET)
German aerospace equipment manufacturer Recaro Aircraft Seating delivered over 100,000 seats in 2016, setting a new record across its four production sites.

Russian Commuter Aurora Increases Frequencies
Air Transport World - Feb 22, 2017 11:54 AM (ET)
Aeroflot subsidiary Aurora Airline, which serves Russia’s far eastern regions, has increased commuter flights frequencies in Primorsky Krai.

Russian Airport Reports International Traffic Up 70% in January
Air Transport World - Feb 22, 2017 11:53 AM (ET)
Samara’s Kurumoch International Airport in the Russian Volga region reported handling 28,000 international passengers in January, up 70% year-over-year (YOY).

Passenger Boardings for Chinese Airlines Up 12% for 2016
Air Transport World - Feb 22, 2017 11:53 AM (ET)
Chinese carriers transported 488 million passengers in 2016, up 12% from 432.4 million in 2015, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

AerCap Posts $1.04 Billion Profit in 2016
Air Transport World - Feb 22, 2017 11:52 AM (ET)
Ireland-based lessor AerCap turned in a net profit of $1.04 billion on a reported basis for the year ended Dec. 31, 2016, compared to $1.17 billion for the preceding year. Its income came from revenue of $5.15 billion, slightly down on 2015’s figure of $5.28 billion.

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