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FAA says 173 air traffic control towers will close on April 7
CNN
The federal government will close 173 air traffic control towers at small- and medium-size airports on April 7 because of forced spending cuts, the Federal Aviation Administration told tower operators. It will close another 16 towers on Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.
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DOMESTIC AIRPORT NEWS


FAA lowers 20-year US airline traffic forecast
Air Transport World
FAA forecasted that U.S. airlines' collective traffic will increase at annual average rate of 2.8 percent over the next 20 years to reach 1.46 trillion RPMs by 2033. The projected rate of growth is down 12.5 percent from FAA's 20-year forecast last year and down 26.3 percent from the agency's 2011 forecast.
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Airports can make case to keep their control towers open
CNN
The Federal Aviation Administration is sending out scores of letters to small- and medium- size airports nationwide saying the agency may soon close their control towers because of budget cuts, unless they can convince the government that the action will harm the national interest.
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TSA: Hiring freeze could double checkpoint waits
USA Today
The Transportation Security Administration announced it would adopt a hiring freeze and reduce overtime spending in response to federal spending cuts - a move it said could double wait times at checkpoints at the busiest airports.
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Napolitano: Airport lines have seen '150 to 200 percent' increase since sequester
NPR
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the across-the-board spending cuts that went into effect are already causing headaches at the nation's airports. "Now that we are having to reduce or eliminate basically overtime both for TSA and for customs, now that we have instituted a hiring freeze ... we will begin today sending out furlough notices," Napolitano said, according to Politico.
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Airports to Janet Napolitano: You're wrong about delays
The Washington Times
Officials with airports cited by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as examples of how the sequester would delay airline travelers say she's wrong - they're not delaying flights one bit. "We haven't had any slowdowns at all," said Marshall Lowe, a spokesman for Los Angeles International Airport, one of the airports named by Napolitano, The Telegraph reported. Lowe added that he had been on duty all weekend - and even then, there were no reports of the security delays Napolitano warned was occurring as a result of mandated budget cuts.
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As airports expand, so do dust and dirt
Sun Sentinel
Planes aren't the only things landing at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Thanks to ongoing runway construction and renovation work, copious amounts of dust and dirt are being tracked into the terminals, adding to the normal grit, grime and 10 tons of trash that crews battle daily.
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Lawmakers rebuild GA caucuses
Aviation International News
With the biennial reshuffling of the U.S. Congress comes the task of reorganizing the general aviation caucuses in both the House and Senate. The GA caucuses are made up of representatives and senators who recognize and support the benefits that GA provides to the nation.
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Moody's revises 2013 airport outlook to stable
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
Moody's Investors Service said it revised its 2013 outlook for the U.S. airport sector to stable from negative as the rating agency said it expects the airports to maintain the financial performance achieved last year. Moody's said the outlook on the airports sector has been negative since August 2008. However the agency said that the uncertainty of federal funding remains a negative for airport credit quality.
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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


Airport capacity crunch to cost UK billions
Reuters
Britain must boost direct flights to the world's fastest growing economies or risk missing out on billions of pounds in trade, according to the U.K.'s top business lobby group. Without new runways and airports Britain could become a global aviation also-ran as competition heats up from more attractive hubs in Europe, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said in a recent report.
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Fraport looks at Brazil entry as airport rivalries grow
Bloomberg
Fraport AG, the operator of Europe's third-busiest airport, is looking at entering Brazil as competition intensifies with financial investors and construction companies running global aviation hubs. The owner of Frankfurt airport is seeking assets in emerging economies, including locations in Africa, that may boost earnings faster than growth from units in developed nations, said Alexander Zinell, the head of Fraport's global investments.
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Burning around the clock: Berlin airport can't turn lights off
ABC News
Forget about the problems with the complicated fire safety equipment. Not even the lights can be switched off at Berlin's troublesome new airport. It has been a bleak winter in Berlin - the bleakest ever, in fact, at least in the 62 years since records on sunshine duration began in 1951. On average, measuring stations in Germany recorded a mere 96 hours of sunshine in the three-month period between the beginning of December and the end of February.
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Sri Lanka to open airport in wildlife paradise
Agence France-Presse via GlobalPost
Sri Lanka is set to open later this month a Chinese-built international airport surrounded by wildlife sanctuaries with the aim of boosting tourism, an official said. Authorities want to leverage the exotic flora and fauna in the $209-million airport's neighborhood to attract holidaymakers.
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ACC NEWS


New ACC construction administration and observation course a success
ACC
Over 70 professionals from airports and consulting firms gathered in Memphis, Tenn., this week for the first-ever ACC Construction Administration and Observation Course. The 1.5 day course featured insights from FAA and airport owners, along with sessions covering document control, airfield basics, Quality Assurance and testing, safety and risk management. Participants enjoyed a tour of the Memphis International Airport and the FedEx sorting facility.
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Your final chance to nominate a candidate for the 2013 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence!
ACC
Angela Gittens, Kate Lang, Gina Marie Lindsey, Jeff Fegan, Norman Mineta... All of these accomplished individuals are just some of the past winners of the ACC Aviation Award of Excellence. The purpose of this award is to recognize the extraordinary contributions of an individual, group or organization to the airport and aviation industry that are visionary and innovative, have advanced the airport aviation industry, and have served the general public good. The lifetime achievements of the recipients are also considered. The award will be given at the 2013 ACC Annual Conference and Exhibition in Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 11-13, 2013. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 8, 2013.
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FAA/TSA/ACRP NEWS


Pistole outlines next phase of TSA's risk-based PreCheck
FierceHomelandSecurity
By the end of 2013, the Transportation Security Administration hopes to be able to process applicants for PreCheck directly, instead of routing them through a separate customs program, TSA Administrator John Pistole said Feb. 27.
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Statement on sequestration
TSA
As sequestration takes effect, travelers can expect to see lines and wait times increase as reductions to overtime and the inability to backfill positions for attrition begin to occur this month.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Sequester: Is your airport on the chopping block? (USA Today)
FAA planning for $600 million in 2013 spending cuts (FAA)
Sequestration will have an impact on air travel (USDOT)
Massport Board approves billion dollar capital program (Massport)
In Oklahoma, tiny airport attracts federal money, but few planes (The Washington Post)

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