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Feb. 11, 2010
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Moody's has negative rating outlook for U.S. airports
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Credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service said U.S. airports face risks that outweigh their growth potential. Moody's has a negative rating outlook for the sector for the next 12 to 18 months. Moody's said U.S. airport credit remains in a tenuous position as solid growth is not expected to take hold soon. More

Domestic Airport News

United, American threaten to call off O'Hare expansion talks
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An elusive deal on funding the new runways at O'Hare International Airport finally appeared to be close at hand after years of negotiations, until city officials undermined the agreement, airline officials said. More

Airport scanners stir fears over security lines
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The government's plan to install body scanners in dozens of airports could lengthen security lines and congest terminals, airline and airport officials warn. Scanners that look through passengers' clothing to find hidden weapons are significantly larger than the metal detectors they will replace. And they take at least five times longer to scan a single passenger. More

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Airport changes names, increases business
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A simple name change has already led to a big financial boost for Melbourne. The airport changed its name from simply Melbourne International Airport to Orlando-Melbourne International Airport trying to use Orlando's reputation to lure in more travelers. Bookings have already doubled since the name changed. Melbourne's airport will now be called the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport. The airport authority says it'll help them cash in. More

Free airport Wi-Fi takes off
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You don't have to be that old, or even a frequent traveler, to remember when it was rare to find an airport equipped with wireless Internet access. Free access was rarer still. But then a few small and midsized early adopters, including airports in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Long Beach, Calif., began following the lead of Lexington, Ky.'s Blue Grass Airport, which began offering free Wi-Fi (way) back in 2001. Slowly but surely, free airport Wi-Fi began to take off. More

East Coast blizzard snarls airport traffic
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Flight cancellations and delays occurred across the East Coast as a second blizzard in a week dropped snow from Washington, D.C., to Long Island, N.Y. Around New York City -- which is expected to get 12 to 18 inches of snow -- many carriers have already canceled flights in anticipation of difficult traveling conditions, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said. More

International Airport News

World's most beautiful airports
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Envision a majestic space, two miles long, shaped like a dragon. Above, a flurry of reds and yellows color a dizzying mesh ceiling, backlit by the sun, and below, 50 million people pass each year. This building, one of the world's largest, is no palace or museum -- it's Terminal 3 at Beijing International Airport. More

British Airways' OpenSkies to fly Paris to Washington
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British Airways PLC's (BAY.LN) premium-class subsidiary, OpenSkies, said it is launching a service between Paris Orly Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport in May. "The increasing cachet of Washington D.C. has created a demand for unique, premium travel options at competitive rates," said Dale Moss, Chief Executive Officer of OpenSkies. More

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Edinburgh airport gets new three new Ryanair flights
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The director of Edinburgh airport has welcomed the news that Ryanair is to operate three new destinations from the capital, as part of expansion plans. Scotland will get its first direct link to Morocco with flights to Marrakech from Edinburgh, and there will be new services to Paris and Faro in Portugal. More

Abu Dhabi wealth fund buys into Gatwick Airport
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Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (Adia), the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, said it had bought a stake in Britain's Gatwick Airport as it increased its exposure to infrastructure assets. More

ACC News

Winter storms affect ACC Headquarters
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ACC Headquarters has been closed for three days due to the extreme winter weather that hit the Washington, DC area. ACC follows the operating status of the federal government, and most business and trade associations in the area have been closed due to blizzard conditions. Among the disruptions caused by the closure was the postponement of a meeting between ACC and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, which will be rescheduled at a later date. Despite the closure staff has continued to work remotely to complete tasks that require attention during this time, but overall operations have been limited. The ACC staff apologizes for any inconvenience during this time. Please continue to contact staff via email with any questions, comments, or concerns. More

ACC welcomes new member
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Cumming has joined ACC as an executive member. Cumming is an international project and cost consulting firm that delivers creative, customized solutions to a vast portfolio of clients in the aviation industry. Since opening business nearly two decades ago, Cumming has grown consistently and substantially. Today, Cumming has nearly 250 team members located at offices and project sites across the U.S.

Access control technologies demonstrated
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The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) held an open house demonstration of a federated, public key infrastructure (PKI)-based physical access control system (Federated PACS). The system was developed in an industry-government partnership to demonstrate the value of PKI and biometrics using Personal Identity Verification (PIV) and PIV-Interoperable credentials for physical access solutions. It was attended by ACC Safety & Security Committee Chair Pat Krall with L3 and ACC President Paula Hochstetler. Steve Howard, of ACC member firm CertiPath, extended the invitation. BridgePoint, CoreStreet/Lenel and ACC member firm Hirsch Electronics demonstrated their related technologies that were compliant to the GSA Federated PACS specifications. More


ACRP soliciting FY2011 Problem Statements
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The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is soliciting problem statements identifying research needs for its Fiscal Year 2011 Program. These submittals form the basis for the selection of the annual ACRP research program. The deadline for submitting problems for consideration in the FY2011 program is April 14, 2010.   More

TSA scraps plan to toughen private air travel rules
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The Transportation Security Administration is backing off a controversial plan to impose tough new security requirements on private planes and small airports. In 2008, TSA said that as security on commercial airlines got better, terrorists might see private planes as easier targets. So the agency proposed tighter security rules for general aviation – that's private air travel for business or pleasure. It's an industry worth $150 billion a year. More

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