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Elaine Duke Confirmed as DHS Deputy Secretary
Apr 05, 2017 10:36 AM (ET)
Gary Johnson, C.M., Honored as Citizen of the Year
Apr 05, 2017 10:36 AM (ET)
Colorado Aeronautics Department Wins FAA Award
Apr 05, 2017 10:34 AM (ET)
Louisville Airport Revenue Bond Rating Affirmed
Apr 05, 2017 10:33 AM (ET)
Living in the Age of Airplanes Discount
Apr 05, 2017 10:33 AM (ET)
Digicast Offers New ARFF Program
Apr 05, 2017 10:23 AM (ET)



MSP Airport Mall Back Open Following Evacuation
KARE (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.) - Apr 05, 2017 07:16 PM (ET)
It is back to business as usual at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after an unattended bag forced the evacuation of part of the Terminal 1 mall, according to the airport.

Armed Man Dressed in Tactical Gear at KCI Airport 'Tased'; Suspect Now Faces Charges
Fox 4 (Kansas City, Mo.) - Apr 05, 2017 07:15 PM (ET)
A 44-year-old man faces charges over an incident that happened at KCI Airport Tuesday morning. James Swinton of Kansas City, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm and one count of receiving stolen property, specifically firearm/explosive/ammonium nitrate.

Alaska Will Keep Gates at Dallas Airport Dominated by Southwest
Bloomberg - Apr 05, 2017 07:13 PM (ET)
Alaska Air Group Inc. will keep flying from two gates it recently acquired at the secondary Dallas airport, retaining a foothold in a hub dominated by discount powerhouse Southwest Airlines Co.

Two Loaded Guns Found At Memphis Airport Checkpoints In Two Separate Incidents
LocalMemphis.com (Tenn.) - Apr 05, 2017 07:13 PM (ET)
Before sunrise Wednesday morning, TSA agents dealt with security wake up calls after finding two loaded guns through Memphis International Airport security checkpoints.

Oaktree Launches Second Bid to Run Westchester County Airport
LoHud.com (Lower Hudson Valley, N.Y.) - Apr 05, 2017 07:12 PM (ET)
Oaktree Capital Management has joined with new partners in submitting a bid to run Westchester County Airport, but the private equity group could face stiff competition from a bevy of other bidders.

Bulgaria Cancels Tender for Sofia Airport
Reuters - Apr 05, 2017 07:11 PM (ET)
Bulgaria's interim government on Wednesday cancelled a tender to run and operate Sofia airport, saying the plans to grant concession rights for 35 years at the country's main airport were not in the public interest.

Airport Commission Meets to Discuss Privatization Process
Fox 2 (St. Louis) - Apr 05, 2017 07:10 PM (ET)
The mayor-elect of St. Louis is open to exploring the possibility putting St. Louis-Lambert International Airport under private management.

American Airlines Capping Asia Growth
Travel Weekly - Apr 05, 2017 06:06 PM (ET)
American Airlines has grown 30% in the Asian market in just the past few years, according to vice president of alliances and partnerships Joe Mohan.

American Airlines Increases Number of Seats from CVG to Dallas/Fort Worth
Lane Report (Lexington, Ky.) - Apr 05, 2017 05:57 PM (ET)
American Airlines is upgrading aircraft at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) to include increased seating capacity for direct flights to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

Private Planes May Not Be Taxed Under Trump's Plan to Update U.S. Airspace
McClatchy - Apr 05, 2017 05:30 PM (ET)
President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser said Tuesday that the administration’s proposal to modernize U.S. air traffic control “probably” would not include a tax on general aviation or business aircraft.

NBAA Secures Expanded Small Aircraft Exemption
AINonline - Apr 05, 2017 05:29 PM (ET)
The U.S. FAA has granted a two-year extension of NBAA’s Small Aircraft Exemption and removed limitations on the applicability to operations outside the U.S.

Frustration is Soaring at Palm Beach County Airport as Trump Hogs Everybody's Airspace
CNBC - Apr 05, 2017 05:22 PM (ET)
President Donald Trump is wreaking havoc on local businesses and wealthy aircraft owners who rely on the regional airports surrounding Mar-a-Lago, or what the president calls the "Southern White House."

Storms Force Ground Stop at Charlotte Airport
WCNC (Charlotte, N.C.) - Apr 05, 2017 05:21 PM (ET)
Showers and thunderstorms in the Charlotte area resulted in a ground stop at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Wednesday afternoon.

Wellington Airport Flights Suspended as Weather Worsens
Stuff (New Zealand) - Apr 05, 2017 05:20 PM (ET)
Wellington International Airport has suspended all flights on Wednesday night, because of worsening weather affecting its systems.

Stansted Airport Announces New £130m Arrivals Terminal
BBC News (U.K.) - Apr 05, 2017 05:19 PM (ET)
A new £130m arrivals terminal is to be built at London Stansted Airport.

Council to Spend $3.25M to Gain Full Ownership of Airport
Stuff (New Zealand) - Apr 05, 2017 12:39 PM (ET)
A 10 year plan to gain complete ownership of the New Plymouth airport has come to fruition for the city's council - but at a cost of $3.25 million.

Google Trials Travel Package Metasearch in the UK and Germany
Skift - Apr 05, 2017 12:38 PM (ET)
In the UK and Germany, users of Google’s destination product will see the first experimental sales of flight and hotel packages.

Europe Is an Excellent Testbed for the Future of Travel, Say Investors and Entrepreneurs
Skift - Apr 05, 2017 12:38 PM (ET)
While Silicon Valley talks up its own brand, Europe has several characteristics that do a better job of forcing companies to hone their products, platforms, and business models. By facing the tough crucible of the demanding European travel market, entrepreneurs must build companies that can be scaled up globally with speed.

Berlin Voters to Get Say on Keeping Old Airport Open
AP - Apr 05, 2017 12:37 PM (ET)
Plans to replace Berlin's three small airports with a shiny new one have hit a fresh bump, after campaigners collected enough signatures to force a referendum on keeping a second site open.

Magic Valley Regional Airport Wrapping Up Expansion Project
KMVT (Twin Falls, Idaho) - Apr 05, 2017 12:37 PM (ET)
The Magic Valley Regional Airport expansion nears its official completion.

Airport's $58M Overhaul Will Occur in Phases
Star-Gazette (Elmira, N.Y.) - Apr 05, 2017 12:22 PM (ET)
The team leading a $58 million overhaul of the Elmira Corning Regional Airport revealed more details Monday on how the airport can continue operations during upcoming construction.

Guns, Ammo Intercepted at RSW Airport in Tourist Season
News-Press (Southwest Florida) - Apr 05, 2017 12:21 PM (ET)
An array of prohibited items were discovered at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at Southwest Florida International in February and March, when the area’s high season for tourism kicked in.

Waverly Council Clashes Over Taking Home, Farmland for Airport Expansion
Courier (Waterloo, Iowa) - Apr 05, 2017 10:55 AM (ET)
Members of the Waverly City Council faced off against each other Monday night over an eminent domain proceeding to increase the size of the Waverly Municipal Airport.

Electronics Ban at Foreign Airports Could Expand
CNN - Apr 05, 2017 10:52 AM (ET)
The ban on electronic devices on board some direct flights to the United States could expand to include more airports and devices, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday.

As Traffic Slides, Dayton Airport to See New Flight
Dayton (Ohio) Business Journal - Apr 05, 2017 10:51 AM (ET)
As traffic continues to slide, plans for new flights are in focus.

Bradley Airport Prepares For Busy Spring Break Week
Hartford (Conn.) Courant - Apr 05, 2017 10:51 AM (ET)
Spring break travel will make for a busy week at Bradley International Airport.

British Airways Flyers Win Class Cert. In Surcharge Suit
Law360 - Apr 05, 2017 10:50 AM (ET)
British Airways frequent flyers who paid fuel charges on rewards flights have won class certification in a five-year-old New York federal court case over allegations they were swindled with overpriced “fuel surcharges.”

County Asks Texas Justices To Hear United Tax Appraisal Row
Law360 - Apr 05, 2017 10:49 AM (ET)
The Harris County Appraisal District took its $929 million tax appraisal dispute with United Airlines Inc. to the Texas Supreme Court, arguing a lower appellate court wrongly revived the airline's challenge of the valuation by mischaracterizing basic pleading requirements as “hypertechnical requirements.”

Activist Investor Spurred Undervalued $2.5B Deal, Suit Says
Law360 - Apr 05, 2017 10:49 AM (ET)
Air Methods Corp. investors accused the company’s board of agreeing to an undervalued $2.5 billion sale to private equity firm American Securities LLC in order to wash their hands of a meddling activist investor, according to a complaint filed in Colorado federal court Monday.

Iran Aseman Airlines Agrees to Buy Up to 60 Boeing 737 MAXs
Air Transport World - Apr 05, 2017 10:20 AM (ET)
Boeing has confirmed Iran Aseman Airlines signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for 30 737 MAX aircraft, with a list price value of $3 billion. The deal includes purchase rights for 30 additional 737 MAXs.

Australia Starts Extra Screening Process for UAE and Qatar Flights
Air Transport World - Apr 05, 2017 10:20 AM (ET)
Australia is requiring extra screening measures at boarding gates of flights to Australia from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha airports, but is not banning passengers from carrying onboard their electronic devices.

Two New European Initiatives Aim to Improve Aviation Cybersecurity
Air Transport World - Apr 05, 2017 10:19 AM (ET)
Airbus CyberSecurity, a unit of Airbus Defense and Space, has joined forces with SITA to launch a cybersecurity initiative specifically targeted at the air transport industry.

Avolon Acquires CIT's Leasing Business, Becomes Third-Largest Lessor
Air Transport World - Apr 05, 2017 10:18 AM (ET)
Irish lessor Avolon completed the acquisition of New York-based CIT Group’s leasing business April 4 at a sale price of $10.4 billion. The transaction makes Avolon the world’s third largest lessor with a fleet of 868 aircraft worth over $43 billion, as of Dec. 31, 2016.

Alitalia Cancels Flights Ahead of April 5 Labor Strike
Air Transport World - Apr 05, 2017 10:18 AM (ET)
Italian national carrier Alitalia has preemptively canceled 60% of its scheduled flights for April 5 in preparation for a 24-hour strike action called by trade unions.

Cebu Pacific 2016 Net Profit Doubles to $196 Million
Air Transport World - Apr 05, 2017 10:17 AM (ET)
Philippine-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Cebu Pacific Air posted a PHP9.8billion ($196.4 million) net profit in 2016, more than doubling the company’s PHP4.4 billion net income reported in 2015. Cebu attributed the growth to increased passenger demand and growth in ancillary revenues.

Russia's United Aircraft Corp. Posts $74 Million Net Loss in 2016
Air Transport World - Apr 05, 2017 10:15 AM (ET)
Russia’s United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) reported a 2016 net loss of RUB4.5 billion ($74 million), narrowed from a net loss of RUB109 billion in 2015.

LOT Polish Airlines Launches Los Angeles Services
Air Transport World - Apr 05, 2017 10:15 AM (ET)
LOT Polish Airlines launched 4X-weekly Warsaw-Los Angeles services April 3, its fourth North American destination and first route to the US west coast.

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