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March 31, 2011
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House approves temporary FAA bill
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The House approved a temporary Federal Aviation Administration re-authorization bill as a vote on a long-term bill looms later this week. H.R. 1079, dubbed “Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2011," was approved on a voice vote. It continues FAA funding at current levels for 60 days, with an expiration date of May 31. More

Domestic Airport News



DOD, DOT slam FCC over GPS interference concerns
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The US Department of Transportation and Defense Department on March 25 issued a strongly worded letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expressing concern over elements of an ongoing analysis on the potential effects on GPS of a newly approved broadband system. More

Houston Airport System expected to layoff at least 100
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The Houston Airport System is expected to cut at least 100 positions because of the same budget concerns affecting other city departments. The layoffs could include workers at Bush Intercontinental, Hobby and Ellington airports as airport system officials attempt to streamline their operations. More

Airlines, unions at odds over proposal in FAA bill
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A Republican proposal that would make it more difficult for unions to organize airline and railway employees has sparked a battle that could complicate efforts this week to pass a long-delayed bill to fund the Federal Aviation Administration. More

Delta, SkyTeam partners take aim at Florida
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Delta and its SkyTeam partners are beefing up their presence in Florida, combining to add three new trans-Atlantic routes as well as three routes within the state. Delta began nonstop service between Miami and London Heathrow with one daily round-trip flight on Boeing 767-400 jets. More

Shrinking subsidies: Can Southwest serve mid-tier cities profitably?
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Every government from the smallest municipality on up is facing a budget crisis of monumental proportions, and that means spending cuts are coming. These cuts may hurt airlines that take government subsidies at airports, but it also may help airlines in general by keeping unnecessary capacity out of the skies. This will be most interesting for Southwest (LUV), which is about to swallow one of the larger subsidy-takers in the U.S. in AirTran (AAI). More

New York City needs runways, but 'ghost airport' stays quiet
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Two airports sit less than five miles from each other, their wide-open runways tracing big Xs along the same stretch of Atlantic shoreline. At John F. Kennedy International Airport, air traffic controllers herd a procession of airliners in what has become a chronic choke point in the nation's air transport system. More

O'Hare runway construction: Flying into a danger zone
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The almost-completed first phase of O'Hare International Airport's expansion had close calls that could have resulted in fatal airplane crashes, according to a Tribune investigation of incidents filed with the Federal Aviation Administration. As the Chicago Department of Aviation prepares to start the next phase of rebuilding at O'Hare next month, the reports on the incidents spotlight the challenges of conducting a complicated airport modernization program on a busy airfield. More

Radiation from airport scanners very low
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Airport scanners are an "extremely low" source of radiation exposure that poses virtually no health risk, not even to frequent air travelers, U.S. researchers said. The study may help ease fears of uneasy travelers already spooked by reports of radiation leaking from the crippled nuclear plants in Japan. More

City to issue $1 billion in bonds to fund O'Hare expansion
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Mayor Daley's plan to issue $1 billion in bonds -- retired by airline ticket taxes and other airport revenues -- to build a new south runway and other projects at O'Hare Airport has finally been cleared for take-off. More

International Airport News



International law forces UK U-turn on tax per plane
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The U.K. scrapped plans to replace air passenger duty with a tax per plane until international laws that prevent it could be challenged, and said it now will start taxing private jets, which had previously escaped duty because of loopholes. More

Lengthy delays during 2010 at Gatwick Airport
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When Gatwick Airport was sold, its new owners, Global Infrastructure Partners, pledged that they would bring an end to delays on flights leaving the airport. However, it has been reported by The Evening Standard that nearly one in ten aircraft departing and arriving into Gatwick was delayed by more than an hour -- double that of 2009. More

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FAA bill: What's left to decide?
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It looks like the long-suffering Federal Aviation Administration's wait for a reauthorization bill is coming to an end. This week, the House will vote on the 18th stopgap funding measure for the FAA since the last reauthorization expired in 2007. But this extension, to May 31, is almost definitely the last if key negotiators like House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., and Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., get their way. The Senate has already passed its version of the FAA bill, and the House will follow suit with its bill. More

TSA: Agency won't negotiate on security
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A Transportation Security Administration spokesman says the agency won't negotiate terms for security at U.S. airports, responding to outrage sparked when an Alaska lawmaker was denied a flight for refusing a full-body pat-down. More

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