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Airport and Airline Officials Debate PFCs
Mar 23, 2017 04:42 PM (ET)
Congratulations to the Newest A.A.E.
Mar 23, 2017 04:35 PM (ET)
AAAE Opposes Proposed LEO Reimbursement Cuts
Mar 23, 2017 04:33 PM (ET)
United Opens Automated Screening Lanes at Newark
Mar 23, 2017 11:55 AM (ET)
AAAE Issues Call for Scholarship Applications
Mar 23, 2017 10:59 AM (ET)
New Digicast Program: Airport Condition Reporting
Mar 23, 2017 10:58 AM (ET)

Vienna Airport Appeals Against Ban on Expansion
Reuters - Mar 23, 2017 02:29 PM (ET)
Vienna Airport appealed on Thursday to Austria's highest courts to annul a ruling that blocked its planned expansion for environmental reasons, arguing the decision ignored constitutionally guaranteed rights and EU law.

Unions Say Brussels Airport Has No Emergency Plan
Politico Europe - Mar 23, 2017 02:29 PM (ET)
Belgium’s unions have accused Brussels Airport of lacking an evacuation plan and said staff have no idea what to do in the event of an emergency, local media reported Thursday.

Haslam Declares March General Aviation Month
Greeneville (Tenn.) Sun - Mar 23, 2017 02:28 PM (ET)
The Alliance for Aviation Across America has noted that Gov. Bill Haslam has declared March 2017 as General Aviation Month. In Tennessee, general aviation contributes more than $2.5 billion to that state’s economy each year, according to a news release.

Ambitious Startup Plans to Fly Short Haul Passengers in Electric Planes Within a Decade
Mashable - Mar 23, 2017 02:27 PM (ET)
One ambitious startup is aiming to put passenger planes powered by electricity in the air within the next decade. Or, perhaps more realistically, in the next 20 years — depending on battery technology advancements.

Research Work on Peregrine Falcons Inspires Future Aircraft Technologies
Phys.org - Mar 23, 2017 01:53 PM (ET)
Scientists at BAE Systems and City, University of London have revealed how research work on how falcons fly is inspiring new technologies for aircraft that could contribute to their safety in the air, aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. The technologies could be applied within the next 20 years.

U.N. Aviation Agency Urges Balance of Security Risk, Safety in Electronics Ban
Reuters - Mar 23, 2017 01:52 PM (ET)
The United Nation's aviation agency on Wednesday urged regulators to weigh security and safety, after the United States and Britain imposed restrictions on several carry-on electronic devices on planes coming from certain airports in Muslim majority countries.

Herman: JetBlue Pays Off with Zilker Botanical Garden Project
Austin (Texas) American-Statesman - Mar 23, 2017 01:49 PM (ET)
Remember last year when Austin Mayor Steve Adler encouraged you to stuff the ballot box? And remember when some of you did? And remember when we won?

Charleston's Yeager Airport Sees Rise in Commercial Boardings
Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette-Mail - Mar 23, 2017 10:45 AM (ET)
Passenger boardings at Charleston’s Yeager Airport appear to be entering a modest growth period, following four years of decline.

Alaska Airlines To Drop Virgin America Brand by 2019
Skift - Mar 23, 2017 10:44 AM (ET)
Alaska Airlines said Wednesday it expects to retire Virgin America’s brand sometime in 2019, a decision that may disappoint the upstart carrier’s loyal customers, but one that will surprise few industry insiders.

Eugene Airport Will Add Daily Flights To and From Seattle
KVAL (Eugene, Ore.) - Mar 23, 2017 09:47 AM (ET)
More flights will be added to the Eugene Airport just in time for spring break.

Delta's Safari Trophy Ban Beats Challenge In 5th Circ.
Law360 - Mar 23, 2017 09:46 AM (ET)
A Fifth Circuit panel has affirmed the dismissal of a suit from a group of hunting, tourism and conservation organizations challenging Delta Air Lines Inc.'s decision to stop transporting big game trophies, finding the airline is not required to treat all cargo equally.

Ground Broken on $75 Million Modernization Project at Kona Airport
KHON (Honolulu, Hawaii) - Mar 23, 2017 09:40 AM (ET)
Major changes are coming to Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport.

Amsterdam Airport Rolls Out APIs to Make It Dope
Fast Company - Mar 23, 2017 09:39 AM (ET)
You don't usually think of software as something that can make an airport better, but maybe it's time to change the way we think.

No Plans to Replace Airport Gate
WSAU (Wausau, Wis.) - Mar 23, 2017 09:37 AM (ET)
Wittman Regional Airport officials say there are no plans to repair the gate damaged during a high-speed chase Tuesday.

Canada Just Bought Half of Puerto Rico's Main Airport
New York Post - Mar 23, 2017 09:36 AM (ET)
Canada’s army is getting ready to invade Puerto Rico’s airport.

Local Focus Fire Drill Gets Real at Hamilton Airport
Stuff (New Zealand) - Mar 23, 2017 09:33 AM (ET)
Hamilton Airport has been evacuated. The airport was about to do a standard fire drill but a lightbulb set off a sensor, and people had to leave the terminal earlier than expected.

Terminal Work to Begin at Cheyenne Airport
AP - Mar 23, 2017 08:18 AM (ET)
Construction of a new $10 million passenger terminal at Cheyenne Regional Airport will start early next month.

Airport Board Outlines Uber/Lyft Regulations
MyPanhandle.com (Panama City, Fla.) - Mar 23, 2017 08:17 AM (ET)
When Uber began operating in Bay County, it didn't take them long to make an impact at Northwest Florida Beaches International.

City to Explore Privatizing Lambert Airport
St. Louis Business Journal - Mar 23, 2017 08:16 AM (ET)
The city of St. Louis has submitted a preliminary application to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Privatization Pilot Program, which could allow it to privatize operations of St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

Airport 'Man Cave' Invites Scrutiny
Daily Astorian (Ore.) - Mar 23, 2017 08:15 AM (ET)
For nearly a decade, retired dentist and Air National Guard aviator Philip Bales has invited people into a flight-themed, conservative-tinged clubhouse — dubbed the Man Cave — at his hangar next to the main terminal at Astoria Regional Airport.

Airports Are Upgrading for the Modern Traveler
TravelPulse - Mar 23, 2017 08:13 AM (ET)
While airports still serve as gateways to the long-distance traveler, their amenities may have gone a little stale. A new report on CNBC says that’s changing.

SWISS Converts Five Bombardier CS100s to CS300s
Air Transport World - Mar 23, 2017 08:06 AM (ET)
Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is to convert five more Bombardier CSeries 100s to the larger CS300.

Boeing Schedules 787-10's First Flight for March 31
Air Transport World - Mar 23, 2017 08:06 AM (ET)
Boeing plans to conduct the first flight of the 787-10, the third and largest Dreamliner variant, on March 31 from North Charleston, South Carolina.

Washington National Airport to Start $1 Billion Expansion This Summer
Air Transport World - Mar 23, 2017 08:05 AM (ET)
A new 14-gate concourse will be added to Washington National Airport (DCA) by 2021 as part of a $1 billion expansion project.

FedEx Reports $562 Million Net Profit for Fiscal 3Q
Air Transport World - Mar 23, 2017 08:03 AM (ET)
FedEx Corp. has posted a consolidated net profit of $562 million for its FY2017 third quarter covering the peak holiday period between December 2016 and February 2017, a 10.8% increase over $507 million net income in the year-ago quarter.

Finnair Suspends Miami Route on Aircraft, Crew Shortage
Air Transport World - Mar 23, 2017 08:02 AM (ET)
Oneworld carrier Finnair has been forced to suspend its Helsinki-Miami service for summer 2017 and cut Helsinki-Chicago frequencies, citing a temporary shortage of aircraft and crew.

Virgin Australia Set to Begin Hong Kong Flights in July
Air Transport World - Mar 23, 2017 08:01 AM (ET)
Virgin Australia will begin services between Melbourne and Hong Kong in July, expanding its international footprint into Greater China for the first time.

Lufthansa Technik 2016 Profit Down 9.5%
Air Transport World - Mar 23, 2017 08:00 AM (ET)
Hamburg-based MRO provider Lufthansa Technik Group (LHT) reported a 2016 adjusted EBIT profit of €411.3 million ($431.9 million), down 9.5% from €454.4 million in 2015.

Nordica to Launch St. Petersburg Service
Air Transport World - Mar 23, 2017 08:00 AM (ET)
Estonian flag carrier Nordica will begin scheduled Tallinn-St. Petersburg Bombardier CRJ900 service on May 15. The service will be 13X-weekly and will be a codeshare flight with LOT Polish Airlines.

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