How safe is the cargo on passenger flights?
The call came into the London Metropolitan Police bomb squad in the early hours of the morning. Isolated at the East Midlands airport in central England was a UPS package dispatched from Yemen, containing a laser printer that Saudi intelligence believed had been converted into a bomb. More
Dallas airport easily sells $434 million deal despite AMR bankruptcy
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Dallas/Fort Worth Airport sold $434 million in debt, lowering yields on the debt despite concerns that its biggest carrier, American Airlines, is in bankruptcy. In a repricing, the airport, known by the three-letter code DFW, lowered yields as much as 0.07 percentage point on some maturities. A $129 million part of the deal that comes due in 2035 offered a 3.86 percent yield compared with 3.93 percent in an initial pricing. More
Maryland approves $100 million renovation of BWI
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The state set in motion an "aggressive" $100 million renovation of BWI Marshall Airport that will streamline security check-ins, eliminate a major passenger bottleneck and give its No. 1 carrier room to grow. With minimal discussion, the state Board of Public Works unanimously approved construction money for a project that will remake the oldest part of the terminal at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport over the next two years. The project will be BWI's most ambitious undertaking since the $288 million Southwest Airlines terminal opened in 2005. More
Orlando airport could spend $65 million to improve baggage flow
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Efforts to speed the flow of bags into and out of Orlando International Airport could cost at least $65 million, airport officials said. Right now, the movement of suitcases, golf clubs and baby carriages often takes too long, conceded Phil Brown, who runs OIA. More
EU climate chief: would see merit in airline CO2 talks at UN
The European Union's climate chief said she hopes countries opposed to its rules that charge airlines for carbon emissions take their complaints to the U.N. aviation body, where talks could help to defuse tensions over the strict measures. More
Union to halt Frankfurt airport strike
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A strike at Frankfurt airport that has led to hundreds of flight cancellations is being halted ahead of new talks aimed at defusing a bitter pay dispute, a union said. The strike at Europe's third busiest airport "will be halted with the beginning of the night shift,” said Matthias Maas, a spokesman for the GdF union. More
A fifth of flights from Heathrow were delayed last year - and that's an improvement
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More than one in five flights departing from Heathrow Airport were delayed last year, its owner BAA reported. And 15 bags in every 1,000 went missing. But the airport operator said this was an improvement on 2010, when hundreds of aircraft were grounded and cancelled because of heavy snow and a volcanic ash cloud, leading to thousands of stranded passengers, and when 18 in every 1,000 bags got lost.
Save the date for important agency interface this summer
Mark your calendars for July 17-19, when ACC has scheduled two events in Arlington, Va., that provide unparalleled briefing, discussion and conversation with FAA, TSA and CBP decision-makers.
• ACC/TSA Security Capabilities Day This briefing, tailored specifically to industry, will address all aspects of relationships with the TSA Office of Security Capabilities (OSC). Topics will include TSA realignment, acquisition and contracting, recapitalization and future screening requirements.
• ACC/FAA/TSA Summer Workshop Series Find out how the new FAA reauthorization bill and new FAA/TSA regulatory initiatives will impact your firm at the annual ACC/FAA/TSA Summer Workshop. This conference provides a unique opportunity for participants to discuss a wide range of technical airport development and security issues. Technical experts from the consultant community, FAA and TSA will discuss new and pending Advisory Circulars, guidelines, regulations and legislation, and collectively help shape future agency directives.
Management challenges associated with program costs and schedules could hinder NextGen implementation
In a review of 30 major ATC acquisition programs, all of which will contribute to the transition to NextGen, GAO found that costs for 11 of the 30 programs have increased from their initial estimates by a total of $4.2 billion and 15 programs experienced delays. The 11 acquisitions that experienced cost increases account for over 60 percent of FAA's total acquisition costs ($11 billion of $17.7 billion) for the 30 programs. The 15 acquisitions that experienced schedule delays, of which 10 also had cost increases, ranged from 2 months to more than 14 years and averaged 48 months. More