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Cities investing billions in airport expansions, upgrades
CNBC
Nursing rooms, private changing rooms, circadian lighting, pop-up shops and a 23-foot-tall wall of windows offering views of the airfield and the Bay Area are among the fresh amenities passengers will find at San Francisco International Airport when a renovated boarding area in Terminal 3 reopens.
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DOMESTIC AIRPORT NEWS


Airport forecast for 2014: more guns, faster security
The New York Times
The TSA Blog, a chatty official newsletter run by a small group of Transportation Security Administration employees, offers a nice window into what is most likely ahead in air travel.
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Drone makers want FAA to start use now
The Hill
Drone makers are encouraging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow unmanned aircraft to fly over rural areas before a broader integration with commercial airplanes is completed. The Arlington, Va.-based Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International said the FAA should let non-military drones fly on a "limited basis" because tests of their impact on other airplanes is taking too long to complete.
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FAA demands BWI and other airports make safety improvements
WJZ-TV
The FAA is forcing BWI and other airports to make changes to improve safety. As Mike Schuh reports, this comes after five near misses at similar airports last year. About 1,000 times a day, planes will take off or land at BWI — and do so safely, except for five times in recent years.
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Airline mergers benefit carriers and help keep fares low, study says
The Los Angeles Times
Mergers among airlines have enabled them to invest in more fuel-efficient planes and to cut unprofitable or redundant routes, which has created opportunities for low-cost carriers, the PwC study says.
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New York-area airports gearing up for the big game
Aviation International News
With the Super Bowl just five days away, there is still parking space at the major business aviation airports in the New York City area. The five FBOs at Teterboro Airport, less than five miles from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., have received more than 800 reservations from Jan. 29 through Feb. 4, including passenger drop-offs.
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FAA announces converging runway procedures
Aviation International News
The FAA has updated its air traffic controller handbook in an effort to prevent aircraft from flying too close together when operating on or near a busy hub airport. The update addresses arrivals and departures using both intersecting and non-intersecting runways. The effort evolved in response to a number of close calls that brought departing aircraft into close proximity with an arrival that had executed an unplanned go-around near the airport.
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Southwest Airlines announces first international flights
The Hill
Southwest Airlines will begin flying its first international flights in July, the company announced. The flights, to destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico, are currently being operated by Southwest's subsidiary airline, AirTran Airways. The companies said the switching of the branding on its international flights is a major step in their 2011 merger.
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Atlantic City, NJ's airport operator keeps airline talks under wraps
Press of Atlantic City
Atlantic City International Airport's new operator is busy talking to airlines to try to lure them to an underserved market, but the names will remain confidential to avoid tipping off competitors, a top official said.
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Gary-Chicago airport board OKs privatization deal
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
A Virginia company has been given exclusive rights by the Gary-Chicago International Airport to develop real estate on and around the airport for 40 years and gives its subsidiary a 10-year contract to run the airport with up to 30 years of extensions.
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New York's LaGuardia Airport is almost a terminal case
Los Angeles Times
The dingy, dismal, crowded airport is run by a bureaucratic behemoth whose political appointees have competing interests. Improvements are coming — slowly.
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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


Russia's ambition for Sochi and the Winter Olympics
By Matt Falcus
Russia's southern Black Sea resort city of Sochi is about to take the world stage with the Winter Olympics opening Feb. 6. Athletes and spectators will descend upon the city in the thousands, and it is hoped the two-week event will spark a revival in the region to throw off the post-Soviet image still being endured. But what of the challenges in developing the required infrastructure ― including Adler Airport, built as a typical Soviet facility in World War II ― to cope with such ambition?
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Dubai, Abu Dhabi airport traffic surges in 2013
Reuters
Passenger flows through Dubai's main airport, the world's second busiest for international traffic, jumped 15.2 percent in 2013 thanks to expansion of its route network and the use of wide-body planes, airport authorities said.
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Singapore airport visitors soar to record high
CNBC
Singapore's Changi airport handled a record 53.7 million passengers last year, said Changi Airport Group, as travel appetite across the region soared and Singapore became a more popular holiday destination.
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The tiny silver lining? Beirut's airport traffic rose 5 percent in 2013
Al Bawaba
Rafik Hariri International Airport registered over 5 percent growth in the number of passengers in the year 2013, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation said in a recent statement. The number of passengers reached 6,264,368 in 2013 compared to 5,960,414 in 2012, it added.
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ACC NEWS


ACC President Schulz attends strategic AOC meetings
ACC
ACC President T.J. Schulz took part in two days of orientation and strategic meetings of the ACRP Oversight Committee (AOC) in Washington, DC. Since 2005, the AOC has served as an independent governing board of the ACRP comprising airports, consultants and other industry stakeholders appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The AOC formulates the research program for each fiscal year by identifying the highest priority projects and defining funding levels and expected products. ACC has been represented on the AOC as an ex officio member since 2010.
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ACC welcomes new member
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Register for the Construction Administration & Observation Training Course in March!
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Cities investing billions in airport expansions, upgrades
CNBC
Nursing rooms, private changing rooms, circadian lighting, pop-up shops and a 23-foot-tall wall of windows offering views of the airfield and the Bay Area are among the fresh amenities passengers will find at San Francisco International Airport when a renovated boarding area in Terminal 3 reopens.

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ACC mourns passing of NASAO President and CEO Henry Ogrodzinski
ACC
The aviation industry is mourning the passing of National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) President and CEO Henry Ogrodzinski.

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New York's LaGuardia to get $3.6 billion makeover
The Associated Press via USA Today
Often described by travelers as dark, dingy, cramped, and sad, LaGuardia Airport is frequently ranked in customer satisfaction surveys as the worst in America.

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FAA/TSA/ACRP NEWS


FAA and industry work together to improve general aviation safety
FAA
Improving general aviation safety is a top priority for the FAA and industry. The general aviation fatal accident rate has flattened over the past six years and there were 259 fatal accidents in 2013, at a cost of 449 lives. FAA Administrator Huerta recently met with general aviation leaders to jump start efforts for this year’s flying season and they agreed to work together to raise awareness to prevent weather related accidents for the upcoming flying season.
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Guidance for Treatment of Airport Stormwater Containing Deicers
ACRP
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 99: Guidance for Treatment of Airport Stormwater Containing Deicers offers a process to help airports identify, select, and implement technologies to treat stormwater that has been affected by deicing materials. The guidance also includes suggestions for the design, operation, and maintenance of different treatment technologies.
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Understanding Airline and Passenger Choice in Multi-Airport Regions
ACRP
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 98: Understanding Airline and Passenger Choice in Multi-Airport Regions examines the business models airlines use to establish service in regions with multiple airports and explores how passengers select an airport within a multi-airport region.
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    New York LaGuardia to get $3.6 billion makeover (The Associated Press via USA Today)
ACC mourns passing of NASAO President and CEO Henry Ogrodzinski (ACC)
Faith Group LLC acquires The Core Group Inc., gains M/E/P services (Faith Group LLC)
Airfares continue to rise, up 12 percent since 2009 (The Associated Press via AviationPros.com)

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