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Huerta confirmed as FAA head
Politico    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After shaking a hold from Sen. Jim DeMint, the FAA finally has a long-term leadership solution after its previous administrator stepped down following a drunken driving arrest more than a year ago. Michael Huerta was confirmed by the Senate amid dozens of presidential nominations approved by the chamber after weeks of quiet negotiations over the session-ending package. Huerta has served as acting administrator since the arrest and subsequent resignation of Randy Babbitt in December 2011. More

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Airlines offer new security plans for increase in passengers
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As crowded as airports were over the holiday season, a new forecast predicts even more travelers will be hopping on planes in coming years. The International Air Transport Association trade group predicts that by 2016 airports around the world will serve 3.6 billion fliers a year. That represents 5 percent growth each year, adding about 800 million new fliers in four years. More

Chicago may try again to lease Midway Airport
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Chicago will take steps to keep the option of leasing Midway Airport alive as the city decides whether the move will benefit taxpayers and air travelers, city officials said. Midway, Chicago's "other" airport which is less sprawling than O'Hare International Airport, has been seeking ways to come up with a lease structure that is more financially viable. More


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Aviation won't face immediate threat in budget stalemate
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The U.S. aviation industry won't face immediate disruptions if political leaders can't reach a deal to avert automatic budget cuts due to start Jan. 2, a senior Transportation Department official told employees. The Federal Aviation Administration and other agencies under the department would have the remainder of the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30 to adjust to budget decreases, John Porcari, DOT's deputy secretary, said in an e-mail obtained by Bloomberg. More

New checkpoint security envisioned at airports
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Removing your shoes, belt, jacket - as well as the unexplained requirement to unpack your laptop ahead of a pat-down by security officers - has been a constant pain for business and leisure travelers. However, by 2017 this routine might be a thing of the past if an ambitious program to change airport security arrangements takes off as planned. More



Congress passes cliff deal
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Congress broke a rancorous stalemate to pass legislation designed to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. But the compromise bill, which blocked most impending tax increases and postponed spending cuts largely by raising taxes on upper-income Americans, left a host of issues unresolved and guaranteed continued budget clashes between the parties. More

Airport translators help foreign passengers sort things out
Orlando Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
They come in waves, in small groups or alone, the common denominator being the quizzical looks on their faces. Wandering about cavernous Orlando International Airport with everything from overstuffed backpacks to kids in tow, they typically are unable to speak or read English. They often are tired, frequently lost and, almost certainly, not sure where to turn. And if you cannot speak their language there is little you can do to help. More


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North Dakota airport booms with oil activity
The Associated Press via The Jamestown Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Officials said Williston's airport is bursting at the seams because of activity in western North Dakota's booming oil patch. Airport manager Steven Kjergaard told the Williston Herald that the increased number of passengers at the airport has led to a crowded terminal and lack of parking. More

BART to airport connector is on track
San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The long line of asymmetrical concrete columns in the median of Hegenberger Road, some topped with a half-mile of white steel trestle, are a sure reminder that there will soon be a new way to get to the Oakland International Airport. After years of hoping, planning and fighting, BART's long-awaited and controversial Oakland Airport Connector is taking shape. More

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Dubai Airport opens Airbus A380 concourse
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Dubai Airports says it has opened the world's first concourse entirely dedicated to the Airbus A380, with an Emirates airlines flight making the maiden voyage to London's Heathrow Airport. Four of 20 gates at Concourse A were in operation at Dubai International's Terminal 3. More

Birmingham Airport to be renamed for Ozzy Osborne?
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The UK's Birmingham International Airport may soon be renamed for rocker Ozzy Osbourne if one record executive gets his way. Jim Simpson, boss of Big Bear Music, is behind the effort, reports the Birmingham Mail. The call to rename the airport comes after plans for a Black Sabbath Day in the city were apparently shelved. More



Delhi Airport halves development fee
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Delhi International Airport Ltd., the company which runs India's busiest airport, said it has halved the airport-development fee it collects from passengers following a government directive. The company has cut the fee to 100 rupees ($1.82) for people traveling on domestic routes and to 600 rupees for international passengers. More

Kuala Namu Airport set to replace Medan's Polonia this month
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Kuala Namu International Airport, designated to replace Polonia Airport in Medan, North Sumatra, is set begin operating this month, a minister has said. "We will begin the 'shadow operation' this month," Transportation Minister E E Mangindaan said at his office as quoted by tempo.co. More

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TSA will steer OEMs to independent, third-party testing organizations
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TSA is mulling a plan under which it would ask original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of security devices to have their equipment tested by commercial third party testing organizations before they bring their equipment to TSA to undergo its more formal test and evaluation process. More

State and Federal Regulations That May Affect Initiatives to Reduce Airports' GHG Emissions
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Legal Research Digest 17: State and Federal Regulations that May Affect Initiatives to Reduce Airports' GHG Emissions addresses issues that are relevant to implementing greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation measures at airports. More

TSA testing faster passenger screening program
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To ease delays at airport security checkpoints, the Transportation Security Administration has launched a pilot program that lets average travelers speed to their planes without having to remove shoes, belts and coats or take laptops and liquids out of carry-on bags. More


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