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American, US Airways prep for merger bumps
USA Today
American Airlines and US Airways expect their merger to be officially sanctioned by fall. Then the hard part starts: making the marriage work. If previous U.S. airline mergers are any guide, the new partners may face some rough patches as they mesh booking systems, frequent-flier programs and eventually getting pilots familiar with new aircraft — all while persuading passengers to stick with them for the ride.
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A logical move by TSA
The Wall Street Journal
Is there actually logic in TSA's latest move? Yes, and that's apparently unsettling to some. The Transportation Security Administration announced that on April 25 it would lift the ban on carrying aboard certain items such as very small knives, hockey sticks, golf clubs, toy bats, billiard cues and ski poles.
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Airports lag their customers on mobile tech route
Investor's Business Daily
Mobile computing is taking off at the nation's airports. No, we're not talking about free Wi-Fi and recharging outlets at airports, since those frequent flyer perks have become common. Instead, what's just starting to take flight is widespread use of wireless technology by airport staffs themselves. While business travelers waiting at gates can remain as connected to work as they can at the office, airport workers have had to anchor themselves to terminals displaying 20th-century green-screen interfaces in order to access the data and messages they need to make decisions.
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More airports renovating, adding new terminals
NPR
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth airport in Alabama recently opened its newly renovated terminal, the first phase of an expansion and upgrade that will cost more than $200 million. The airport is among many across the country being updated decades after they were built.
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O'Hare Airport food not meeting passenger, employee demand for fresh, local choices: Survey
The Huffington Post
A new survey by Unite Here Local 1, which represents more than 1,100 cooks, servers, bartenders and baristas at Chicago's O'Hare airport, reveals that there is strong demand for better, fresher food. The report, "Putting Sustainability on the Table: Airport Workers' Vision for $3 Billion of Food and Drink at O’Hare," finds that both passengers and workers want more access to healthy, local, fresh food.
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US DHS to expand expedited screening programs
Air Transport World
The US Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS), the agency that oversees the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), expects one in four passengers to qualify for expedited screening by the end of 2013, up from one in 12 last year.
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Airports lag their customers on mobile tech route
Investor's Business Daily
Mobile computing is taking off at the nation's airports. No, we're not talking about free Wi-Fi and recharging outlets at airports, since those frequent flyer perks have become common. Instead, what's just starting to take flight is widespread use of wireless technology by airport staffs themselves.
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FAA to close 238 air traffic control towers
The Los Angeles Times
Twenty-three air traffic control towers in California are among more than 200 nationwide scheduled to close April 7 as the Federal Aviation Administration begins imposing $600 million in federal budget cuts.
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NTSB to consider new safety alerts for the general aviation community
NTSB
The National Transportation Safety Board will meet to consider five Safety Alerts aimed at reducing the number of general aviation accidents. A Safety Alert is a brief information sheet that pinpoints a particular safety issue and offers practical remedies to address the hazard. Each year the NTSB investigates about 1500 GA accidents in which about 475 pilots and passengers are killed and hundreds more are seriously injured.
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Sacramento County, Calif., names new airports director
Sacramento Business Journal
The executive director of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport has been selected to replace G. Hardy Acree as director of the Sacramento County airport system. County Executive Bradley Hudson will recommend to the Board of Supervisors that John Wheat, who has led the Panama City, Fla., airport since April 2011, take over direction of Sacramento International Airport, as well as Sacramento Executive Airport, Mather Airport and Franklin Field.
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Airport lounge perks become a priority
The New York Times
Joe Sharkey writes, "Lunch at the luxurious new American Express Centurion Lounge at the airport was a little toasted sandwich and a quinoa salad from the ample buffet, with minty iced tea. I settled into my cozy private nook with an iPad they had lent me at the front desk."
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Indianapolis Airport named best in North America
NPR
The Indianapolis International Airport was named the Best Airport in North America by the Airports Council International. The annual Airport Service Quality awards are determined by year-round passenger satisfaction surveys. Other winners include Cape Town International Airport, deemed Best in Africa. In the Middle East, Abu Dhabi won the top honor.
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FAA approves Boeing plan to fix 787 Dreamliners
USA Today
The Federal Aviation Administration approved Boeing's certification plan for the 787 Dreamliner's lithium-ion battery system and gave the company the go-ahead to test it in the air. Boeing's plans call for redesigning the eight-cell batteries to minimize the risk of a short-circuit, which caused a fire in a Dreamliner parked in Boston on Jan. 7.
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Airport Commission in Chico, Calif., struggles with revenue, passenger deficits
Chico Enterprise Record
Facing continual deficits of about $1 million a year and declining passengers, the Chico Municipal Airport is in need of intense treatment, and that's what the Chico Airport Commission hopes will come of its current work. Starting to create its 2013-14 work plan, the Airport Commission chalked up a list of priorities, many of them hold-overs from previous work plans.
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Pennsylvania airports requesting FAA reconsider tower closures
The Patriot-News
Lancaster and Capital City, Pa., airport officials are asking the Federal Aviation Administration not to close their air traffic control towers in April. Airport officials had until March 13 to request the FAA reconsider their tower closures, if they have reasons pertaining to national interest, according to letters the FAA sent to airports. The agency plans to finalize a list of facility closures by March 18.
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US airlines start the year on time
USA Today
The nation's top airlines continued to get passengers and their bags to their destinations on time at a decent clip in January, thanks in part to mild weather.

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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 on March 1 are already causing headaches at the nation's airports.

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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


Blame it on the duty
The Economist
Britain is second only to Chad as the world's most expensive place to be an airline passenger, according to detailed research published by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Its findings echo warnings from the British Chamber of Commerce that Britain's high ticket taxes and airport charges have deterred businesspeople, damaged airlines and wiped £10 billion from GDP.
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EU wants to strengthen protections for delayed fliers
The Associated Press via USA Today
The European Union is considering beefed up measures for stranded passengers to get compensation and find quicker ways to get home. EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said that a new package with improved measures would also boost carriers from the 27 member nations in global competition since consumers would be drawn to companies offering the best conditions.
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Egypt, British Aviation Company partner to build $20 billion airport city
Ventures Africa
Egypt's Ministry of Civil Aviation and Icon, a British airline company, are ready to complete assessing strategies to build a $20 billion new "airport city" on 2288 acres of land at Cairo airport by mid-April this year.
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    Napolitano: Airport lines have seen '150 to 200 percent' increase since sequester (NPR)
FAA says 173 air traffic control towers will close on April 7 (CNN)
Airports to Janet Napolitano: You're wrong about delays (The Washington Times)
Airports can make case to keep their control towers open (CNN)
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Victoria airport pitches $8.2-million runway extension for Europe flights
Times Colonist
Direct flights from Victoria to parts of Europe could be a reality in 2017 under a Victoria International Airport expansion plan. Under the airport's new master plan, which is being drafted, its 7,000-foot runway would have 600 feet added to it in 2017 at a cost of $8.2 million.
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Oslo airport becomes Scandinavia's largest airport
The Nordic Page
Oslo Gardermon Airport becomes the largest airport in Scandinavia this month passing Copenhagen airport for the first time in history. "This is something we have been expecting. This is very good news for us and something we are proud of," says Managing Director at Oslo Airport Nic Nilsen.
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Sheremetyevo to build new $200 million terminal
The Moscow News
Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport plans to build a new $200 million terminal to replace its Soviet-era Terminal B facility, Sheremetyevo CEO Mikhail Vasilenko said.
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FAA releases annual forecast
FAA
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its Annual Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years 2012-2033 that provides a comprehensive examination of current and future trends in air transportation.
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