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House Passes Bill Addressing the Aviation Insider Threat
Apr 25, 2017 07:39 PM (ET)
Northeast Chapter of AAAE Presents Winter Operations Awards
Apr 25, 2017 05:30 PM (ET)
House Panel Plans Hearing on Airline Consumer Issues
Apr 25, 2017 09:27 AM (ET)
St. Louis Lambert Expands Alternative Fuel Fleet
Apr 25, 2017 09:26 AM (ET)
Register for the 89th Annual AAAE Conference & Exposition
Apr 25, 2017 09:02 AM (ET)
New Digicast Program: Airport Condition Reporting
Apr 25, 2017 09:01 AM (ET)



Passenger Traffic Climbed 3.5 Percent in March at Richmond International Airport
Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch - Apr 25, 2017 04:12 PM (ET)
Passenger traffic climbed 3.5 percent at Richmond International Airport in March over the same month last year, the latest in a steady succession of growth at the airport.

Alitalia Workers Reject Rescue Plan, Pressuring Rome to Step In
Reuters - Apr 25, 2017 03:43 PM (ET)
Workers in loss-making Italian airline Alitalia rejected a management restructuring plan to cut jobs and salaries on Monday, betting that the government will be asked to call in an administrator to draft an alternative rescue plan.

An Air Marshal Leaves Her Loaded Gun in a Plane Toilet
Economist (U.K.) - Apr 25, 2017 03:42 PM (ET)
People often enter a public toilet with a sense of trepidation; after all, who knows what horror might await behind the cubicle door. Even so, a passenger on a service between Manchester, Britain, and New York got a nasty surprise

Billy Bishop Airport Once Again Voted Top Ten Most Scenic Airport Landing in the World
Edmonton Journal (Canada) - Apr 25, 2017 03:41 PM (ET)
Earlier today, Private Fly announced that Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport was voted as having one of the top ten Most Scenic Airport Landings in the world in a global poll. Billy Bishop Airport ranked tenth, making it the only Canadian airport to be recognized alongside airports located in some of the world's most scenic destinations, including Saba in the Dutch Caribbean, Queenstown Airport in New Zealand, Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport in France, and Gibraltar Airport.

Bengaluru Airport Gets Green Certificate for Reducing Carbon Emissions
Times of India - Apr 25, 2017 03:40 PM (ET)
The Airports Council International has accredited Kempegowda International Airport with the `Level 3 Plus Neutrality' certification under Airport Carbon Accreditation on Friday. The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has upgraded the airport to this level, which is the highest level of environmental achievement available to airports, and becomes the fourth such green airport in Asia Pacific region, reducing carbon emissions by 57% since 2008.

Shannon Airport to Undergo 'Significant' Investment Programme
Irish Times - Apr 25, 2017 03:39 PM (ET)
Shannon Airport is to undergo a “significant investment programme” after turnover at its parent company rose 2 per cent last year to €67.2 million.

Airlines Promise Friendlier Skies
The Hill (Washington, D.C.) - Apr 25, 2017 03:05 PM (ET)
A number of airlines are revamping their customer service policies after a passenger was violently dragged off a United Airlines flight, putting a spotlight on the industry’s treatment of travelers.

Planned Airport Upgrades Again Touted
Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y.) - Apr 25, 2017 03:02 PM (ET)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo used a stop in Rochester Tuesday for a political twofer: Touting airport upgrades first announced seven months ago and taking a ride in a car driven by a likely Lyft driver.

Henry County Airport Name Change Approved
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Apr 25, 2017 03:01 PM (ET)
Atlanta Speedway Airport will be the new name of the Hampton airport facility adjacent to Atlanta Motor Speedway, after the Henry County Board of Commissioners approved the change April 18.

Public Hearing Thursday In Wethersfield On Tree Trimming Near Brainard Airport
Hartford (Conn.) Courant - Apr 25, 2017 02:27 PM (ET)
The Connecticut Airport Authority has scheduled a second public hearing in Wethersfield on Thursday to discuss a proposal to trim trees near Brainard Airport.

Airport Awarded $70K Marketing Grant
Herald and News (Klamath Falls, Ore.) - Apr 25, 2017 11:32 AM (ET)
The city of Klamath Falls announced Friday that the Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport is a recipient of the Oregon Department of Aviation’s Rural Oregon Aviation Relief program.

Michigan Sales and Use Tax Bills Heading to Vote
General Aviation News - Apr 25, 2017 09:49 AM (ET)
The Michigan House of Representatives will soon vote on two sales and use tax bills related to aircraft parts and maintenance services.

Chattanooga Airport Eyes Growing Its Solar Farm
Times Free Press (Chattanooga, Tenn.) - Apr 25, 2017 09:48 AM (ET)
Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport's solar farm, already paying 90 percent of Lovell Field's electricity bill, could grow by about a third.

Airline Trade Group Launches Ad Campaign to Support Open Skies Agreements
Skift - Apr 25, 2017 09:47 AM (ET)
A trade group representing three familiar U.S. brands — JetBlue Airways, Hawaiian Airlines and FedEx — is criticizing United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines in a new advertising campaign, arguing the big airlines’ efforts to discredit the three largest Gulf carriers will harm U.S. business interests.

American Tries to Avoid United's Fate in Another Passenger Fiasco
Skift - Apr 25, 2017 09:47 AM (ET)
Amid escalating tensions between airlines and passengers, another viral video surfaced this weekend of an American Airlines crew tussling with a passenger over a stroller — leading to the passenger’s eventual ejection.

US Considers Cabin Laptop Ban on Flights from UK Airports
Guardian (U.K.) - Apr 25, 2017 09:46 AM (ET)
The Trump administration is considering barring passengers flying to the US from UK airports from taking laptops into the cabins, sources have told the Guardian.

Roanoke Airport Traffic Increasing; Airlines Add Flights
Wichita (Kan.) Eagle - Apr 25, 2017 09:36 AM (ET)
The number of passengers at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport has increased for the seventh straight month, a trend that's prompting airlines to begin increasing service.

Local Airport Managers: One More Tax and Pilots 'Won't Fly In'
Daily Item (Sunbury, Pa.) - Apr 25, 2017 09:35 AM (ET)
The Trump administration’s proposal to move the responsibility of air traffic control to the private sector and eliminate a $283 million-a-year subsidy for airlines to serve smaller markets has raised concerns for local airport managers.

FedEx to Spend US$170m on Indianapolis Hub
Aircargo AsiaPacific (Australia) - Apr 25, 2017 09:34 AM (ET)
Airfreight major FedEx is to spend US$170 million upgrading its hub at the USA's Indianapolis International Airport.

Bids Opened for Airport Runway Project
Bennington (Vt.) Banner - Apr 25, 2017 09:33 AM (ET)
A Florence contractor is the low bidder for a major runway reconstruction project at William Morse State Airport in Bennington.

Pilot Uninjured After Minor Crash Landing at Spirit Airport
AP - Apr 25, 2017 09:16 AM (ET)
The pilot of a single-engine airplane is uninjured after a plane tipped to its side while landing at a suburban St. Louis airport.

Sawant: Don't Rule Out Airport, Freeway Disruptions on May Day
KING (Seattle) - Apr 25, 2017 09:15 AM (ET)
The Seattle City Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday allowing city employees to take an unpaid day off to participate in May Day demonstrations.

Ellington Airport Breaks Ground on New Air Traffic Control Tower
Click2Houston.com - Apr 25, 2017 09:14 AM (ET)
Officials broke ground Monday on a new tower control at Ellington Airport.

Airport Looking at $7.7M in Improvements
Post Register (Idaho Falls, Idaho) - Apr 25, 2017 09:13 AM (ET)
A contract was awarded for the first phase of a $7.7 million Idaho Falls Regional Airport infrastructure improvement project.

Delta, JetBlue Seek Havana Frequencies Dropped by Frontier, Spirit
Air Transport World - Apr 25, 2017 09:00 AM (ET)
Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways are seeking to increase flights to Havana while other US carriers withdraw from Cuba as the US airline industry continues trying to figure out how to best serve the newly reopened US-Cuba market.

Passenger Retains Attorney as American Investigates Incident
Air Transport World - Apr 25, 2017 08:59 AM (ET)
Tom Demetrio, the high-profile Chicago attorney who is representing the United Airlines passenger dragged off a recent flight, said he has been retained by an American Airlines passenger who got into an apparent confrontation with a flight attendant April 21.

Lessor DAE to Acquire Competitor AWAS
Air Transport World - Apr 25, 2017 08:59 AM (ET)
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has bought Ireland-based lessor, the AWAS group of companies, from private equity investor Terra Firma Capital Partners and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Asiana Airlines Takes Delivery of First A350 XWB
Air Transport World - Apr 25, 2017 08:58 AM (ET)
South Korea’s Asiana Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, which is on lease from Dublin-based SMBC Aviation Capital. The aircraft—part of a six A350 sale-and-leaseback deal—is the first of the type to be operated by a Korean airline.

Etihad Names New Airline Partners CEO
Air Transport World - Apr 25, 2017 08:58 AM (ET)
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Aviation Group named Robin Kamark as CEO-Airline Equity Partners on April 24. Kamark will be responsible for leading and developing the group’s minority equity investment strategy, which includes stakes in airberlin, Italian flag carrier Alitalia, India’s Jet Airways, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Regional and Virgin Australia.

China Eastern to Diversify Ownership of Logistics Subsidiary
Air Transport World - Apr 25, 2017 08:57 AM (ET)
China Eastern Airlines will become China’s first state-owned carrier to diversify ownership of its logistics subsidiary, in an effort to enhance market competitiveness.

SmartLynx Unveils Plans for Fleet Growth
Air Transport World - Apr 25, 2017 08:56 AM (ET)
Latvian ACMI and charter specialist SmartLynx Airlines plans to enlarge its fleet substantially by the end of 2018, as it seeks to escape from the high levels of seasonality in its main European market.

Russia's Passenger Traffic Up 19.4% in 1Q
Air Transport World - Apr 25, 2017 08:56 AM (ET)
Russian airlines carried a total of 19.7 million passengers in 1Q 2017, up 19.4% year-over-year (YOY).

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