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Airport Consulting Weekly
March 26, 2009
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Climate Lobbyists Look Beyond Cap and Trade
from the New York Times
Climate lobbyists are flooding Capitol Hill, and they're not showing up in all the likely places. As uncertainty hovers over passage of an economywide cap on greenhouse gases, advocates are pushing for climate provisions in less obvious spots, like legislation funding the Federal Aviation Administration. More

Domestic Airport News

Quinn Supports 3rd Chicago Airport
from Associated Press via the Chicago Tribune
Gov. Pat Quinn’s renewed commitment to building a third airport near Chicago earned praise Wednesday from lawmakers in Illinois and Washington. “We will build a third airport in the south suburbs of Chicago and we will build it as fast as humanly possible,” Quinn said during his budget address at the state Capitol. Quinn said the airport – talked about for years – is part of much-needed economic development efforts around the state. More

Airport Check-in: Stimulus May Help Airports with Bonds
from USA Today
Is a provision in President Obama's stimulus package helping to unlock the bond market for airports? The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, which operates Nashville International, says it's the first airport authority to take advantage of the stimulus bill's provision allowing airports to issue tax-exempt bonds. More

Travelers Cope with Higher Fees
from The Detroit News
You found a killer deal on a round-trip ticket for a one-week vacation: Thanks to light recessionary travel crowds, it cost half what you paid last summer, when oil prices peaked. But after pulling up to the parking deck at Detroit Metropolitan Airport's McNamara Terminal garage, with its $20-a-day fee, the triumph of a good bargain quickly fades. Such is life for travelers these days at Metro Airport. More

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International Airport News

Why Asia Has the World’s Best Airports
from Business Week
Practically every traveler has a nightmare story about airports. There are the long queues for security screenings, surly customs and immigration officers, and flight cancellations or lengthy delays. But in Asia, a number of airports have come a long way in making the preflight hours more pleasant for passengers. More

Ryanair Announces New Routes from East Midlands Airport
from Evening Telegraph
The largest operator at East Midlands Airport said it was confident it could persuade cash-strapped British holiday-makers to go abroad this summer after announcing new routes to Spain. More

World’s Airlines Are Said to Be Facing Heavy Losses in ’09
from the New York Times
Losses for the world’s airline industry, grappling with its deepest crisis in 60 years, will total nearly $5 billion this year as the economic slowdown continues to shrink passenger and freight traffic, the International Air Transport Association said Tuesday. More

FAA/TSA/ACRP News

'High Risk' NextGen's Planning, Leadership Questioned
from ATW Daily News
US FAA's ability to transition to the NextGen ATC system is threatened by the lack of a detailed plan with measurable goals, airlines' reluctance to spend money to equip aircraft and questions over who ultimately is in charge of implementation, a series of witnesses testified at a House of Representatives hearing. More

Aircraft Deicing and Airfield Anti-Icing Formulations: Aquatic Toxicity and Biochemical Oxygen Demand
from TRB
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Web-Only Document 3: Aircraft Deicing and Airfield Anti-Icing Formulations: Aquatic Toxicity and Biochemical Oxygen Demand is an interim report on a project that is exploring the environmental characteristics of aircraft and pavement deicers and anti-icers. More

Former Pilot-Union Chief Set to Take Helm of FAA
from the Wall Street Journal
Randy Babbitt, a prominent aviation consultant and former head of the largest U.S. commercial-pilot union, is expected to be nominated as the next head of the Federal Aviation Administration, according to industry officials and others familiar with the matter. More




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