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House Committee Chairman Threatens Subpoena for TSA Documents
Mar 02, 2017 06:12 PM (ET)
FAA's Winsome Lenfert Goes One on One with AAAE
Mar 02, 2017 09:18 AM (ET)
Allegiant to Add Myrtle Beach Flights
Mar 02, 2017 09:18 AM (ET)
FAA: Kenya's Aviation Authority Meets ICAO Standards
Mar 02, 2017 09:17 AM (ET)
AAAE Issues Call for Scholarship Applications
Mar 02, 2017 09:17 AM (ET)
New Digicast Program: Airport Condition Reporting
Mar 02, 2017 09:16 AM (ET)



Flying Nonstop: Appreciating McCarran Airport, the Pulse of Our City
Las Vegas Weekly - Mar 02, 2017 06:14 PM (ET)
On September 11, 2001, terrorists seized control of several domestic airline flights and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in southern Pennsylvania.

DOT to Stop Collecting Comment on Airline Fee Proposals
USA Today - Mar 02, 2017 05:23 PM (ET)
The Trump administration moved Thursday to indefinitely stop collecting comments about a pair of Obama administration proposals dealing with how airline fees are marketed to travelers.

Multi-Million Dollar Concept Proposed for Hillsdale Municipal Airport Expansion
Collegian (Hillsdale, Mich.) - Mar 02, 2017 04:56 PM (ET)
A set of concept designs shared exclusively with The Collegian showcase plans for a $3 to $8 million expansion for the Hillsdale Municipal Airport, including the additions of a restaurant, museum, and pilot shop.

Copenhagen Opens Lounge for All Long-Haul Passengers
Passenger Self Service - Mar 02, 2017 04:49 PM (ET)
Copenhagen Airport has opened a new lounge for long-haul passengers that anyone can pay to use.

Alaska Air, Reversing Course, Will Hire Baggage Handlers It Outsourced
Seattle Times - Mar 02, 2017 04:49 PM (ET)
Alaska Airlines is taking its baggage-handling contract at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport away from Menzies Aviation and giving it to a new Alaska Air subsidiary, McGee Air Services.

United Wants Dual Approaches at Newark to Expand Hub
FlightGlobal - Mar 02, 2017 04:47 PM (ET)
United Airlines wants to move towards “dual approaches and departures” for aircraft at Newark Liberty International airport, something its president Scott Kirby says is needed to expand its hub there.

TSA Getting Ready for Spring Break Travelers
CBS 19 (Charlottesville, Va.) - Mar 02, 2017 12:37 PM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration is gearing up for the Spring Break travel period, which usually begins around the end of February and continues into April.

TSA Finds Record-Breaking Number of Firearms in Carry-On Bags
Fox News - Mar 02, 2017 12:34 PM (ET)
Airport security screeners found more firearms in carry-on bags one day last week than they ever had before on record: 21 across the country, the Transportation Security Administration reported on its blog Wednesday.

Police Helicopter, Planes Targeted with Laser at Metro Airport; FBI Has Man in Custody
News-Herald (Southgate, Mich.) - Mar 02, 2017 12:33 PM (ET)
After a Michigan State Police helicopter and four commercial airlines were targeted with a laser, a suspect is in custody.

Unusual Fog Clearing Apparatus Keeps Airline Passengers Moving
KUOW (Seattle) - Mar 02, 2017 12:32 PM (ET)
When Mother Nature throws travelers a curve ball and freezing fog descends over the airport in Medford, Oregon, it can delay takeoffs and landings. But ground crews there and at several other Western airports have an unusual tool at their disposal to bust the fog.

Travel Industry Offers Cautious Praise of President Trump, Despite Travel Ban Promise
Skift - Mar 02, 2017 11:08 AM (ET)
President Donald Trump used his address to Congress last night to tie the collapse of transportation infrastructure in the U.S. to other national problems like crime, violence, and drug use.

Podcast: What's Coming In Rotorcraft?
Aviation Week - Mar 02, 2017 10:57 AM (ET)
Leonardo and European researchers have big plans for civil tiltrotors. And new helicopters are coming in the next few years.

Malaysia Airlines Targets More Used Widebody Aircraft
Aviation Daily - Mar 02, 2017 10:57 AM (ET)
Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has increased the number of used widebody aircraft it is seeking to add to its fleet to meet medium-term capacity needs.

FAA to Hold Airspace Workshops in Denver
General Aviation News - Mar 02, 2017 10:56 AM (ET)
The FAA will hold 11 public information workshops in April and May 2017 on proposed airspace improvements in the Denver Metro Area.

Security Check Bug Sparks Luggage Mayhem at Israel's Main Airport
Haaretz (Israel) - Mar 02, 2017 10:55 AM (ET)
A technical fault with Ben Gurion Airport's automatic screening system led to delays and massive lines early Thursday, disrupting baggage distribution at Israel's international airport.

Dubai Airport Gets Strict with New Baggage Rules
Khaleej Times (UAE) - Mar 02, 2017 10:53 AM (ET)
Dubai Airports will soon introduce a new baggage rule to help improve service, reduce the risk of mishandlings and enhance the performance of its check-in and baggage operation at Dubai International.

Avianca Shareholder Sues To Block United Partnership Plan
Law360 - Mar 02, 2017 10:50 AM (ET)
The second-largest shareholder of Avianca Holdings SA, one of the largest airlines in Latin America, filed suit in New York court on Tuesday seeking to ground United’s planned investment in Avianca, alleging Avianca’s controlling shareholder set up a “sweetheart” deal to benefit itself at the other shareholders’ expense.

Sen. Appropriation Leaders Raise Worries Over Air Traffic Split
Law360 - Mar 02, 2017 10:40 AM (ET)
Leaders of the Senate Appropriation Committee told transportation committee leaders Tuesday they’re worried about proposals aiming to split off air traffic control functions from the Federal Aviation Administration, saying such a split would disrupt the agency’s air traffic control modernization efforts and could remove the system from proper government oversight.

American Airlines Tech Sues Over Rescinded Wage Promise
Law360 - Mar 02, 2017 10:40 AM (ET)
An American Airlines technician is suing the airline in Illinois state court over an alleged promise to put him and hundreds of other new hires on the fast track to a top wage-earning position, a promise the technician claims was rescinded almost immediately after he accepted the position.

Robust Traffic at Asia-Pacific and Middle East Airports
Bangkok Post (Thailand) - Mar 02, 2017 10:39 AM (ET)
Asia-Pacific and Middle East airports posted the world's most robust growth in passenger traffic in 2016.

Regional Airlines Warn of Pilot Shortage
La Crosse (Wis.) Tribune - Mar 02, 2017 09:42 AM (ET)
Travelers flying out of the La Crosse Regional Airport are finding fewer choices as airlines pack more passengers onto fewer flights. The reason, airlines say: They don’t have enough pilots to fly their planes.

The Struggle and Payoff of Setting Up Shop in an Airport
New York Times - Mar 02, 2017 09:38 AM (ET)
Before you open a business at the airport, consider whether a 30-minute commute from the parking lot to your storefront works for you.

Austin Airport's Retro-Styled South Terminal Aims to Open April 13
Austin (Texas) Statesman - Mar 02, 2017 09:37 AM (ET)
In just over a month, passengers flying Allegiant or Texas Sky airlines will fly out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport’s newly rehabilitated South Terminal, rather than the main Barbara Jordan Terminal.

All-Clear at Republic Airport After Bomb Scare Shutdown
New York Post - Mar 02, 2017 09:37 AM (ET)
Authorities gave the “all clear” at Republic Airport on Long Island following a bomb scare Wednesday, officials said.

Airports, Legal Volunteers Prepare for New Trump Travel Ban
AP - Mar 02, 2017 09:36 AM (ET)
Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump's new travel ban - mindful of the chaos that accompanied his initial executive order but hopeful the forthcoming version will be rolled out in a more orderly way.

2 More Arrested in Connection with Austin Airport Baggage Handler Who Stole Guns from Bags
Austin (Texas) Statesman - Mar 02, 2017 09:33 AM (ET)
Austin police announced on Wednesday they have made two additional arrests in connection with an Austin airport baggage handler who was stealing handguns from baggage that he sometimes traded for marijuana, police and the Justice Department said.

Lawmakers Push to Lift Cap on Passenger Fees for Airport Upgrades
The Hill (Washington, D.C.) - Mar 02, 2017 09:32 AM (ET)
A bipartisan duo in Congress is pushing to remove the federal cap on the amount of money that airports can charge passengers to help pay for facility improvements.

Why Oxnard Has a Tough Time Landing Air Service
Ventura County (Calif.) Star - Mar 02, 2017 09:31 AM (ET)
Restoring scheduled commercial flights to and from the Oxnard Airport has been “a real challenge” in part because of a pilot shortage and because regional airlines are retiring their turboprop fleets, Ventura County Airports Director Todd McNamee told an aviation subcommittee Wednesday.

CFM LEAP-1A-Powered Airbus A321neo Certified
Air Transport World - Mar 02, 2017 09:27 AM (ET)
The CFM International LEAP-1A-powered Airbus A321neo has gained type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and FAA.

Malaysia Airlines Shows Steady Improvement in 2016 4Q
Air Transport World - Mar 02, 2017 09:25 AM (ET)
Malaysia Airlines said it finished last year ahead of its budgeted loss, with a “strong result” during the final quarter of 2016.

Airbus Proposes Legal Name Change at AGM
Air Transport World - Mar 02, 2017 09:23 AM (ET)
Airbus is to seek shareholder approval for a formal name change during an annual general meeting (AGM) on April 12.

TAP Portugal Returns to Profit in 2016
Air Transport World - Mar 02, 2017 09:22 AM (ET)
TAP Portugal has posted a full-year net profit of €34 million ($35.8 million) for 2016, marking its return to profitability.

Qatar Airways Leases Four A350-900s from LATAM
Air Transport World - Mar 02, 2017 09:22 AM (ET)
Qatar Airways has reached an agreement with LATAM Airlines Group to lease four A350-900s for a period of 6-12 months.

Airberlin Group Appoints New CCO
Air Transport World - Mar 02, 2017 09:21 AM (ET)
Airberlin Group has promoted Götz Ahmelmann to CCO, from March 1, succeeding Julio Rodriguez who will become CCO of the carrier’s Austrian-based subsidiary FlyNiki.

Etihad Airways, EgyptAir to Codeshare
Air Transport World - Mar 02, 2017 09:21 AM (ET)
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways and EgyptAir have entered into a new codeshare partnership to be introduced in phases beginning March 1.

SriLankan Airlines Receives First A320neo
Air Transport World - Mar 02, 2017 09:20 AM (ET)
SriLankan Airlines has taken delivery of the first of six Airbus A320/321neo family aircraft, which will be used to expand services to Asia and the Middle East.

S7 Airlines to Boost Saint Petersburg Service
Air Transport World - Mar 02, 2017 09:20 AM (ET)
Russia’s S7 Airlines will begin Embraer E170LR service from Saint Petersburg to Bryansk and Kaliningrad on May 7. Bryansk service will be 2X-weekly; Kaliningrad will be 3X-weekly.

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