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FAA's 149 airport-tower closures cleared for takeoff
USA Today
The Federal Aviation Administration is moving ahead with plans to close 149 small air-traffic-control towers across the nation as part of mandated spending cuts. "We don't have the money to keep them open," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told the House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation. "It's a big headache for us."
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Lawmakers to FAA: Explain flight tower closures
The Hill
Lawmakers in the House and Senate are calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to explain its rationale for closing nearly 150 air traffic control towers. The FAA has said it has no choice but to close 149 air towers where it contracts with private companies to monitor flights because of the sequester.
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New Orleans Aviation Board unveils $826 million overhaul of Louis Armstrong Airport
New Orleans Times-Picayune
The New Orleans Aviation Board is expected to recommend an $826 million redevelopment plan meant to thrust Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport into the modern era — a reimagining of the sleepy, mid-century airstrip that would be in lockstep with what Mayor Mitch Landrieu has said he would like to see built in time for the city's 300th anniversary in 2018.
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Custom customers
Travel Weekly
Everybody loves customs preclearance, right? What's not to like? Passengers entering or returning to the U.S. on international flights from points in Canada or the Caribbean, for example, get to go through the customs and immigration check at the departure airport. They love it.
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Budget cuts cause hours-long waits at some airports
NBC News
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano acknowledged that federal budget cuts, driven by the sequester, have resulted in waits of up to four hours at some airports for passengers arriving on overseas flights.
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United Airlines announces $150 million investment for Newark Liberty Airport hub
Frequent Business Traveler
United Airlines announced plans to invest $150 million in what it termed ongoing improvements at its hub at Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport. The move is in concert with a 20-year extension of its lease at the airport with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
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Small Indiana airports work to offset shrinking funding
Indiana Public Media
Small airports across the state of Indiana have bounced back since the financial crisis in 2008 and are finding ways to offset shrinking federal, state and local funding.
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Closing airport control towers: Eyes wide open
The Economist
Texas is home to pickup trucks that weigh more than the titchy propeller-driven passenger planes that serve Victoria, a regional airport near the state's Gulf coast. Just eight passengers fit into the Piper Navajos which hop to Houston four times daily. Subsidized as an "essential air service" by the government, the little planes offer the only scheduled passenger flights at the airport, a former military base built during the second world war.
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The world's best airports — and the only US airport to make the top 30
Forbes
The Skytrax consulting firm has just released its latest annual survey of the world's best airports — and the results look dismal for U.S. Travelers.

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Air Moldova to move to England's Stansted Airport
Air Transport World
Just one month after taking ownership of Stansted Airport, Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has announced its first new airline customer.

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Senators move to stop flight tower closures
The Hill
A group of 18 senators is introducing legislation to stop the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from closing nearly 150 air traffic control towers this summer.

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Airport board to again discuss $114 million Airside 4 project
Orlando Business Journal
The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority could take another step toward improving U.S. Customs and Immigration processing at Orlando International Airport at its meeting. The airport authority is expected to decide whether to negotiate with five engineering firms on the proposed $114 million expansion of Airside 4.
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LA CAO says airport talks have been halted with Ontario
Daily Bulletin
Negotiations with Ontario for local control of LA/Ontario International Airport have ended, according to a report issued by Los Angeles' top administrator to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "Notwithstanding the extensive negotiations over a six-month period, the recent legal claim filed by the City of Ontario against the City of Los Angeles has ended further negotiations," Miguel Santana, city administrative officer wrote in a recent report.
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The foodie airport: United's revamp of Terminal B is a $160 million restaurant lover's delight
CultureMap Houston
The first phase of a three-part Terminal B redevelopment project at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental is nearing completion, and city officials, United Airlines representatives and area stakeholders gathered for a behind-the-scenes look at the brand new, state-of-the-art concourse.
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Complaints against airlines continue to soar
Los Angeles Times
The nation's airlines reported more delayed flights and a higher rate of mishandled luggage in February while complaints by passengers jumped nearly 30 percent. Meanwhile, complaints against airport security agents dropped slightly.
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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


IATA wants queue-free airport security
Travel Daily Media
IATA has said it wants to eliminate queues at airport security checkpoints by the end of the decade. Speaking at the IATA Ops Conference in Vienna, the association's Director-General & CEO, Tony Tyler, said IATA is focused on implementing its "Checkpoint of the Future Roadmap," trials of which have already commenced at Geneva, London Heathrow and Amsterdam Schiphol airports.
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Delhi HC refers pleas on noise pollution at airport to green tribunal
The Economic Times
The Delhi high court referred to National Green Tribunal (NGT) a batch of petitions alleging that noise pollution generated by aircrafts at the IGI airport is affecting health of the residents of nearby areas.
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Shanghai planning Pudong-Hongqiao high-speed airport rail connection
Shanghaiist
You finally land at Pudong Airport feeling groggy and moist with sweat but wait, your connecting flight (or bullet train) at Hongqiao leaves in two hours! What do you do? Presently, getting between Pudong and Hongqiao is a time-consuming undertaking regardless of whether you take a taxi, bus, or train.
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10 best airports: A subjective view
Forbes
Richard Green writes, "I get to go a lot of places, and so have seen a lot of airports (I don’t exactly know how many). As I wrote last time, air traffic is, in my view, crucial to the growth. So just for fun, I thought I would list the ten airports that I think do the most to attract flyers, and, therefore, air traffic. If a favorite of yours is missing, it is probably because I have not been through it."
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Brisbane Airport adopts Saab Sensis Advanced-Surface Movement Guidance & Control System
Avionics Intelligence
Airservices Australia, the air navigation service provider (ANSP) for Australia, has commissioned the Saab Sensis Advanced–Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) at Brisbane Airport for operational use.
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Low-cost flights most popular in Europe
TravelMole
Low-cost flights are most popular in Europe accounting for 38 percent of all air traffic in 2012. The Amadeus Air Traffic Travel Intelligence solution report revealed 30 percent of air traffic in North America was also from budget airlines while in the Middle East, low-cost carriers represent just 14 percent of all air travel, in Asia 19 percent and Latin America 25 percent.
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Less than two months until the Project Delivery Summit in Fort Worth!
ACC
The eighth annual ACC/ACI-NA/AGC Airport Project Delivery Summit will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, from June 12-13, 2013. This unique, peer-to-peer, owner-oriented event facilitates airport owner discussion on the most pressing project delivery and construction issues and helps owners learn from each other's experience. Panels feature airport owners, contractors and consultants who share lessons learned thorough a moderated panel discussion and vibrant Q&A dialog. A tour of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will kick off the program the morning of June 12.
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ACC
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FAA/TSA/ACRP NEWS


Assessing Opportunities for Alternative Fuel Distribution Programs
ACRP
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 83: Assessing Opportunities for Alternative Fuel Distribution Programs consists of a guidebook and toolkit designed to help airports introduce and market alternative fuels to their airport community that includes tenants and consumers off airport.
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Updated AIP Grant Oversight Risk Model Policy (Attachment 1 to AIP Program Guidance Letter 13-01)
FAA
The revised policy adds the Project Evaluation Review and Development Analysis (PERADA) Form. This policy was issued with PGL 13-01, which replaced PGL 07-01. The PERADA form was part of PGL 07-01 and should have been included in the new policy. This change corrects that oversight.
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International progress on environmental standards
FAA
Earlier this year, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) advanced two important goals to make air travel cleaner and quieter worldwide. As a member of CAEP, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) played a crucial role.
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