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Airport Consulting Weekly
March 18, 2010
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Airport Check-in: Flier traffic falls at most U.S. airports
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New government data confirm yet again that 2009 was a year that airports would rather forget. Of the 50 largest airports in the U.S., only four showed growth in passenger traffic last year amid the global recession, according to the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Its data include domestic and international flights handled by U.S. airlines but not foreign carriers. More

Domestic Airport News

FAA extension bill pending
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The federal government has a new rule limiting how long airline passengers can be held on the tarmac, but there are no rules for how long an aviation bill can be bottled up in Congress. That became clear when a bill with a controversial provision that would make it easier for FedEx Express employees to form unions couldn't be completed by the March 31 deadline. More

GAO says airport body scanners may not have thwarted Christmas Day bombing
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President Obama's push to deploy body-imaging scanners at airports will cost U.S. taxpayers roughly $3 billion over eight years, congressional investigators report, but it is unclear whether the controversial devices would have caught the man who allegedly tried to blow up a Detroit-bound jetliner with explosives hidden in his underwear. More

United offers door-to-door luggage service for $25
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United Airlines is offering door-to-door luggage service for $25 per item each way during Spring Break. The overnight delivery service is provided through FedEx. Customers who have booked travel between March 18 and March 29 within the continental U.S. on at least one United-operated or United-marketed flight are eligible. More

American expands mobile boarding
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American Airlines says it has expanded use of mobile boarding passes on mobile phones and PDAs to 19 more airports. The airline said that passengers on domestic flights at those airports can now board without printing out and presenting a paper pass. More

Airlines fight cost of safety measure
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The airline industry and Congressional leaders are at odds over funding for plans to speed modernization of the U.S. air traffic control system and improve aviation safety. The central issue: a proposal headed for a Senate vote as early as this week requiring airlines to spend their own money to equip planes with upgraded navigation systems, a cost carriers feel the government should bear. The dispute over who pays is likely to delay the rollout of new technologies. More

Airport wars escalate with attack ads aimed at rivals
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In a new YouTube video about San Francisco International Airport, the helpful taxi dispatcher is played by a smiling Mayor Gavin Newsom and there are two cute cameo appearances by Marion and Vivian Brown, the kooky 83-year-old identical twins who have become beloved San Francisco icons. More

Delta to shift flights at Cincinnati hub
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Delta Air Lines Inc. said that it plans to reduce operations at Cincinnati's main airport from two concourses to one and take over the functions of a subsidiary that now provides ground-handling services at the airport. More

International Airport News

Shanghai opens new airport terminal for Expo
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Shanghai inaugurated a massive new airport terminal and transport hub meant to help the city handle the 70 million or more visitors it expects to attend the upcoming World Expo. The new Hongqiao terminal is part of a sweeping upgrade of the transport system for Shanghai, a city of about 20 million people. More

Public inquiry into Belfast airport runway extension
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A public inquiry is to be held into plans to extend the runway at George Best Belfast City Airport, Environment Minister Edwin Poots has said. The airport wants to extend the north east end of the runway by 590m while retracting 120m from the south west. More

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U.K. airport traffic plunged last year
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U.K airports last year recorded their biggest drop in passenger numbers since the Second World War, according to research published yesterday by the Civil Aviation Authority. Airports across the country handled 218 million passengers in 2009, a 7.3 per cent fall on 2008. The CAA says this was the biggest drop since it started collecting data. More

Discount carrier plans Minneapolis-London flights
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Sun Country Airlines, a small discount carrier that hopes to move out of bankruptcy-court protection within a few months, said it plans to operate a weekly flight between Minneapolis and London's Stansted Airport from mid-June through mid-August. More

ACC News

ACC collecting suggestions on improving the FAA AIP Handbook
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ACC is assisting the FAA Office of Airports in updating and revising the AIP Handbook, FAA Order 5100.38C, by collecting comments from the industry on how to improve the Handbook. Comments are due to ACC by Wednesday, April 14, 2010. ACC will consolidate comments from the industry and forward them to FAA. Please provide your input and let us know how FAA can improve the AIP Handbook.

Nominations solicited for ACC Agency Best Practices Award
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ACC is currently accepting nominations for the 2010 ACC Agency Best Practices Award. The award recognizes federal agency representatives who have shown a spirit for streamlining, facilitated cooperation with stakeholders, exemplified teamwork, and initiated or taken part in innovative projects. The award winner will be recognized at the July 14-15, 2010 ACC/FAA/TSA Summer Workshop Series conference in Arlington, VA. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, May 21, and should be sent to Sharon Brown at More


FAA bill's higher fees to fund airport fixes
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A new authorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration likely will mean higher fees for passengers and more taxes for the private-aviation industry, but industry insiders say the money is needed to improve airports and modernize the U.S. air-traffic-control system. More

Preflight body scans will eventually be mandatory in the U.S., TSA official says
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All airline passengers in the U.S. will eventually be required to undergo a full-body scan before boarding planes, just as metal detectors became a standard and accepted part of the screening process at airports decades ago, the federal transportation security chief in Chicago said. More

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