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April 15, 2010
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Are airports ready for the three-hour rule?
USA Today    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Department of Transportation's (DOT) much-talked about and, in many circles, highly-controversial new rule to upgrade protections for airline passengers will take hold at the end of April. The regulations cover everything from the number of days an airline may ignore a customer's complaint to how long a "chronically delayed" flight will be allowed to stay listed on an airline's regular schedule. But what most people are talking about is the part of the rule that says airlines will now face hefty fines if they keep travelers locked inside a delayed airplane for more than three hours. More

Domestic Airport News

Airport economics
Governing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Back in the late 1990s, St. Louis and Pittsburgh had two of the hottest airports in the country. Jammed with flights, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport embarked on a billion dollar expansion program, while Pittsburgh International Airport pioneered the concept of an airport as a shopping mall, with plenty of selection and fair prices. More

Airport execs still look to land airline
San Bernadino Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The effort to transform the former Norton Air Force Base into a commercial airport is a gamble of more than $200 million that may well determine if San Bernardino, Calif., can rediscover prosperity. Success would mean domestic and international flights landing and taking off from San Bernardino International Airport. It would mean travelers spending money at local hotels and restaurants. It would mean a busy airport employing well-paid professionals like air traffic controllers and aircraft mechanics. More

Green initiative underway at Nashville Airport
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A green initiative is taking off at Nashville's International Airport, and creating jobs at the same time. From runways to restrooms, airport officials are finding ways to reuse and recycle. More

Airport aims to build global gateway amid budget constraints
Atlanta Journal Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Hartsfield-Jackson's International Airport's new international terminal, now set to open in two years, will be one of the first impressions of Atlanta or even the United States for many travelers. Making it a good one is a challenge, especially when the airport is completing the terminal under the pressure of tight budgets and issues involving the design, negotiations with main tenant Delta Air Lines and bond financing. More

Hilton Head, S.C.'s airport a luxury, not a necessity
The Island Packet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Within the next decade, the population center will be on the mainland, not Hilton Head Island. Doctors, lawyers and other services already are moving. People living closer to the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, which offers a larger selection of flights and better service, will logically choose it over the Hilton Head Island Airport. More

International Airport News

Chile nixes renaming int'l airport for poet Neruda
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Congress rejected a proposal to rename the country's main airport after Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, famous worldwide for his poetry and a hero of the Chilean left for his political leanings. More

People happy to use airport full-body scanners - survey
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Nine out of 10 British people are happy to use full-body scanners being rolled out at U.K. airports, a survey suggests. The poll of 10,000 people, including 977 Britons, by IT firm Unisys, found acceptance of the scanners was highest in the U.K. out of the 11 countries. More

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Fraport: Frankfurt Airport passengers, freight up
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Fraport AG reported that first-quarter passenger traffic at Frankfurt Airport rose 3.9 percent from a year earlier, including an 8.3 percent increase in March to 4.4 million passengers. More

ACC News

ACC joins other associations in support of increasing PFCs
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ACC joined 18 other aviation and construction associations in a letter to House and Senate leadership in support of increasing the cap on Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs) from $4.50 to $7.00. "PFC projects create jobs at airports -- it is estimated that if every airport currently at $4.50 adopted the $2.50 increase 40,000 direct jobs would be created nationwide," the letter states. "These jobs would be in addition to the 80,000 created by the $4 billion for Airport Improvement Program (AIP) provided in both bills. The indirect and induced jobs created due to these airport construction projects further add to the economic benefits of the PFC increase in local communities." More

Airport Project Delivery Systems Summit to be held on June 16-17
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ACC, the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) are proud to present the 5th Annual Airport Project Delivery Systems Summit on June 16-17 in Indianapolis. This summit offers valuable insights to all organizations who are involved in airport construction. Summit topics will address today's most pressing airport construction issues such as the unique aspects of APDS contracting, GMAX contracting tactics, challenges and solutions for FAA grant projects, academic vs. real life approaches to choosing an APDS and emerging trends in airport construction. For those new to APDS, a "primer" session will be available on the first day to address the basics of project delivery terminology and the advantages/challenges of each delivery method. More


FAA targets 2015 for unleaded aviation gasoline
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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is planning to spend $10 million over the next five years to develop an unleaded aviation gasoline to replace the 100 octane low-lead (100LL) fuels used in piston-powered aircraft. The effort comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prepares to issue an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to reduce lead emissions in avgas, the only remaining mobile source of lead in the USA, according the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. More

GAO on board with Secure Flight plans
Federal Computer Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has generally achieved Congress' 10 conditions for the development of a multiphase, billion-dollar-plus program that uses information technology to take over the process of checking fliers against watch lists from airlines, according to government auditors. More

FAA Airports Customer Satisfaction Survey 2010 extended
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The FAA's Office of Airports has extended its 2010 biennial web-based customer satisfaction survey until April 18, 2010. Airports sponsors, consultants, and other interested parties are asked to register now to receive a survey. Respondents wishing to provide survey feedback on more than one FAA airports office may select additional surveys on the registration form.  More

TRB Airport Terminal Planning and Innovative Facilities webinar
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The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is holding a webinar on April 26, 2010 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT that will address airport terminal planning and designing innovative terminal facilities. Specifically, the webinar will discuss these issues with regard to ACRP Report 25 Airport Passenger Terminal Planning and Design and ACRP Report 10 Innovations for Airport Terminal Facilities. More

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