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Alaska Air to Add 13 New Routes
Mar 13, 2017 04:05 PM (ET)
Southwest Announces Major Investment in Phoenix
Mar 13, 2017 09:06 AM (ET)
Jeffrey Rosen Nominated As DOT Deputy Secretary
Mar 13, 2017 09:06 AM (ET)
San Jose Airport Bond Rating Upgraded to Positive
Mar 13, 2017 09:05 AM (ET)
Airport Best Practices Conference Set For May 24-26 in Iceland
Mar 13, 2017 09:04 AM (ET)
New Digicast Programming Now Available
Mar 13, 2017 09:04 AM (ET)

'Nobody Is Winning' the Airline Boarding Nightmare
USA Today - Mar 13, 2017 03:14 PM (ET)
Stressed out when it comes time to board your flight? You're not alone.

Columbia Regional Airport Continues Showing Growth
AP - Mar 13, 2017 03:14 PM (ET)
Contractors are planning to start reconstruction of a runway at the Columbia Regional Airport, reflecting the increasing popularity of the largest airport in mid-Missouri.

Snow: More Than 1,500 Flights Already Canceled Through Tuesday
USA Today - Mar 13, 2017 02:47 PM (ET)
Airlines have preemptively canceled more than 725 flights for Monday and another 815 for Tuesday as a late-season snowstorm threatened to make a mess of air travel this week.

Flying It Old School and New School
Herald-Palladium (Saint Joseph, Mich.) - Mar 13, 2017 02:46 PM (ET)
It may not be the city entry most people think about, but those arriving in Dowagiac from the air are seeing a new and improved airport terminal to welcome them to the Grand Old City.

British Airways Reduces Legroom to Compete With Low-Cost Carriers
Skift - Mar 13, 2017 02:41 PM (ET)
First they came for the in flight snacks. Now according to The Telegraph, British Airways is cutting legroom in economy.

Why International First Class Is Slowly Disappearing From Airlines
Skift - Mar 13, 2017 02:40 PM (ET)
For years, Akbar Al Baker, the brash CEO of Qatar Airways, promised he would introduce a business class seat so revolutionary it would make most first class products obsolete.

Sacramento International Airport Hopes for Service to Asia, Europe
Sacramento (Calif.) Bee - Mar 13, 2017 01:30 PM (ET)
Hiking the Great Wall of China. Sampling sushi at a Tokyo fish market. A weekend shopping trip to London.

Airport Train to Transport 33,000 Passengers Each Day
Jakarta Post (Indonesia) - Mar 13, 2017 01:30 PM (ET)
State-owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Rini Soemarno and Transportation Minister Budi Karya inspected some railway stations on Sunday that would connect Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, to the capital city.

Fuels: What to Expect in 2017
General Aviation News - Mar 13, 2017 01:29 PM (ET)
We are now well into 2017, so I thought I would review all of the significant advancements in the world of general aviation future fuels, especially the development of an unleaded 100 octane avgas.

New Report Reignites Ann Arbor Airport Runway Expansion Debate
MLive.com (Mich.) - Mar 13, 2017 01:23 PM (ET)
A new report is reviving an old debate over plans to extend the runway at the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport, a move some of the airport's neighbors and others have long opposed.

New Airline to Launch Ski Flights from UK to Sion Airport
The Local (Switzerland) - Mar 13, 2017 01:23 PM (ET)
A brand new airline plans to launch direct flights between the UK and Sion airport in the Swiss canton of Valais from next December.

The New Trump Travel Ban is Crushing Newark Airport's International Ticket Sales
NJ.com (New Jersey) - Mar 13, 2017 01:19 PM (ET)
International airfare bookings to Newark Liberty International Airport have fallen by 7 percent since President Donald Trump announced his second executive order denying entry to the U.S. by citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries, according to global travel analysis firm ForwardKeys.

Alamogordo Airport Looks for Funds to Fix Sinkhole
Santa Fe (N.M.) New Mexican - Mar 13, 2017 01:18 PM (ET)
Airport officials in one Southern New Mexico city are on the hunt for grants that will help address a number of maintenance issues, including the expansion of cracks and sinkholes in areas where airplanes are parked.

Sheriff's Office to Resume Airport Security Duties Soon
NWF Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) - Mar 13, 2017 01:18 PM (ET)
The cost of the Sheriff's Office services beginning April 1 for the remainder of fiscal 2017 will be $758,465, or a little more than $126,000 per month.

Spokane Airport Is a Hub for Flying in Hundreds of Rescued Dogs and Cats Each Year, Although One Is
Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) - Mar 13, 2017 01:17 PM (ET)
On a cold, snowy afternoon, Jeff Bergstrom and two volunteers at SpokAnimal waited for a plane to arrive.

Airport Ready To Focus On 'Details' Now That 'Big Things' Done
Greeneville (Tenn.) Sun - Mar 13, 2017 01:12 PM (ET)
Now that the Greeneville-Greene County Municipal Airport’s financial situation is more manageable due to a refinancing completed in 2016 and its “line-of-sight” repair project is complete, Airport Authority Chairman Janet Malone is happy to look back on 2016 as a year of “continuing stabilization.”

Over and Out? Pilot Shortage Threatens Small Airports
Star Tribune (Minneapolis) - Mar 13, 2017 01:07 PM (ET)
Thief River Falls has enjoyed commercial air service since the early 1950s, and many airlines have come and gone over the years. All fell victim to the harsh economics of the airline business.

Meager Airport Settlement is Upheld
Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, Colo.) - Mar 13, 2017 01:06 PM (ET)
Attorneys for two whistleblowers who alleged widespread fraud at Grand Junction Regional Airport could not convince a judge last month that a small settlement negotiated between the government and the Airport Authority is improper.

Stakeholders to Meet Over Pendleton Airport Conflict
East Oregonian (Pendleton, Ore.) - Mar 13, 2017 09:57 AM (ET)
Farmers and drone operators will come together Wednesday at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport to hash out perceived safety concerns between crop dusters and the nearby Pendleton Unmanned Aerial Systems Range.

Uber and Other Car-Hailing Businesses Get a Tryout at Long Beach Airport
Los Angeles Times - Mar 13, 2017 09:28 AM (ET)
Long Beach Airport is the only airport in Southern California that doesn’t allow car-hailing businesses such as Uber and Lyft to pick up travelers at the terminals.

3 Arrested at North Carolina Airport for Having Loaded Guns
AP - Mar 13, 2017 09:28 AM (ET)
Authorities say they stopped three separate travelers from bringing loaded handguns onto planes at a North Carolina airport.

How Eye Scans Could Be the Future of Airport Security
Fortune - Mar 13, 2017 09:27 AM (ET)
The airport of the future sounds like a godsend. Instead of a series of stress-inducing lines, ­travelers will glide from bag drop to security to the gate without even a boarding pass.

Business Owner to File Airport Tax Protest
Elko (Nev.) Daily Free Press - Mar 13, 2017 09:26 AM (ET)
An airport lessee plans to again appeal his property tax bill. If he wins his case, he will save about $12,000 a year, but local governments will lose 10 times as much in taxes — almost $122,000 a year.

De-Icing Truck Collides with Alaska Airlines Aircraft at Boston Airport, 1 Injured
ABC News - Mar 13, 2017 09:23 AM (ET)
A de-icing truck tipped over after colliding with an Alaska Airlines aircraft at Boston's Logan International Airport Friday night, injuring the worker in the truck's basket, officials said.

Iran Air Takes First Airbus Widebody from Major Order
Air Transport World - Mar 13, 2017 09:19 AM (ET)
Iran Air has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-200, as its re-equipment program gathers pace.

Airline Fatalities Up in 2016, But 5-Year Safety Trend Improved
Air Transport World - Mar 13, 2017 09:18 AM (ET)
The number of fatalities caused by airline accidents totaled 268 people in 2016, nearly double those killed in 2015, but the industry’s five-year safety trend shows the rate of accidents is significantly improved.

Boeing Books $5 Billion in February Commercial Aircraft Orders
Air Transport World - Mar 13, 2017 09:17 AM (ET)
Boeing logged firm orders* for 42 commercial aircraft in February, valued at approximately $5 billion, and delivered 49 commercial aircraft, matching rival Airbus’s commercial delivery total for February. Airbus did not record any commercial aircraft orders in February.

European Commission Warns of Claims Agency Pitfalls
Air Transport World - Mar 13, 2017 09:17 AM (ET)
The European Commission (EC) has cautioned passengers seeking compensation after delayed or canceled flights on carriers from European Union (EU) nations against using third-party claims agencies to progress their cases.

Kenya Airways Enters Boeing 737 Sale-and-Leaseback Deal
Air Transport World - Mar 13, 2017 09:15 AM (ET)
Kenya Airways has continued its cost-cutting measures with the sale-and-leaseback of two Boeing 737-700s.

Airline Paradox: Punished by Wall Street for a High Completion Factor
Air Transport World - Mar 13, 2017 09:15 AM (ET)
On March 9, American Airlines reported that it has been operationally excellent so far in 2017, and the stock market punished the carrier for it. Yes, you read that correctly.

Satcom Study Unveils Higher Than Expected Benefits for Airlines
Air Transport World - Mar 13, 2017 09:14 AM (ET)
A study released at the World ATM Congress in Madrid this week suggests that satellite communication (satcom) in the cockpit has saved airlines more than $3 billion over the last 15 years.

FLY Leasing Posts $29 Million Net Loss for 2016 Amid Fleet Turnover
Air Transport World - Mar 13, 2017 09:13 AM (ET)
Ireland’s FLY Leasing posted a $29.1 million net loss for 2016, reversed from a $22.8 million net profit in 2015.

IATA: Air Passenger Traffic Up 9.6% in January; Best Start Since 2005
Air Transport World - Mar 13, 2017 09:12 AM (ET)
Global air passenger traffic increased an overall 9.6% in January compared to a year ago, the fastest growth rate since April 2011 and the strongest yearly start since 2005, according to IATA’s January Air Passenger Market Analysis.

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