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Smaller airports take bigger hit as airlines cut flights
NPR
If you want to see the Fourth of July parade in your little hometown, you should book your flight now. Otherwise, you may have to drive there, or watch a video of the floats via an old friend's smartphone. That's because air service — especially to smaller markets — is shrinking as airlines merge to boost profits, according to a recently released study.
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DOMESTIC AIRPORT NEWS


GAO blasts TSA on security cards
The Hill
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has failed to set up worker identification cards that reliably control access to the nation's ports, a government watchdog recently reported. The cards were intended to improve port security, but the scathing report from the Government Accountability Office said the TSA has failed to resolve technological problems with the cards, which it said are based on "inaccurate and unreliable" information.
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Salt Lake airport planners want your ideas, input
The Salt Lake Tribune
If you are a frequent flier or just a sometimes traveler, officials want your input on the proposed $1.8 billion facility that will replace the Salt Lake City International Airport. Construction is set to begin in one year.
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Delta sees new terminal as symbol of an air travel makeover
The New York Times
As Delta Air Lines executives tell it, the carrier's bright and spacious new terminal at Kennedy Airport in New York reflects the industry's new priorities. Rather than compete on the lowest fares — a race to the bottom over the last decade that just weakened them — the airlines are now seeking to lure passengers with better amenities and service.
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TSA background-check contract stirs interest
Politico
Private security firms are jostling for position on a potentially high-dollar government contract: a chance to conduct background checks on thousands of frequent fliers. Industry sources say at least two well-known firms in the security field have raised their hands so far: The Chertoff Group, led by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, and a rival firm called Clear.
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New group to push for airport improvements
The Star-Ledger
A coalition of businesses, labor unions, government and academic institutions formed to push for airport improvements announced a wish list that includes creation of HOV lanes on major airport routes, wi-fi in terminals, and priority for the region in implementation of NextGen air traffic control technology.
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DFW Airport Executive Vice President Jim Crites honored by the White House as a 'Transportation Champion of Change'
The Wall Street Journal
Jim Crites, the executive vice president for operations at DFW International Airport, has been selected by the White House as a Transportation Champion of Change, one of only 12 people selected nationwide for the honor. The Federal Aviation Administration nominated Crites for the recognition for his visionary work and leadership in developing and implementing new technologies, notably the nation's Next Generation Air Transportation System, known colloquially as "NextGen."
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High tech airports
CNN
CNN highlights some of the technology airports are providing for the frequent traveler.
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Airlines to FAA: You want us to upgrade? Prove it's worth the investment
Washington Business Journal
Jill R. Aitoro writes, "In the cover story of Washington Business Journal, I write about a pretty innovative initiative underway by contractors and plane manufacturers: investing their own money — billions actually — into private equity funds that can be used by commercial airlines to upgrade their planes for a new air traffic control system being developed by the Federal Aviation Administration. So what does the airline industry have to say? Prove it’s worth the investment."
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Airport terminal projects don't guarantee growth
The Kansas City Star
For years, Kansas City International Airport has been losing passengers and flights from its three 1970s-era terminals. A single new terminal might help stop the hemorrhaging, say supporters of an airport transformation plan that has sparked a raging debate.
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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


7 groups pre-qualified for Mactan-Cebu airport project
ABS-CBN News
The government has pre-qualified all the groups that submitted bids for the P17.5-billion Mactan Cebu International airport project. The final hurdle in the bidding process would be the opening of the financial bids on August 17, after which, a notice of award will be sent to the winner on September 17.
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Mitsubishi, Chiyoda to build airport in Mongolia
UPI
Japan's Mitsubishi Corp. and Chiyoda Corp. announced a 50 billion yen ($492.4 million) agreement to build an international airport in Mongolia. Mitsubishi, on its website, said the agreement was reached with the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia. Chiyoda is an integrated engineering company based in Tokyo.
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UK airport writedowns pressure Infratil earnings
Fox Businesses
Utilities and airport investor Infratil Ltd. reported a lower full-year net profit amid further writedowns on its U.K. airport assets, but said the outlook for 2014 would be on a par with 2013. Group net profit after tax totaled 77 million New Zealand dollars (US$64 million) in the 12 months to March 31, down from NZ$127 million in the prior year.
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Mid-size airports take biggest cuts in airline service
The Los Angeles Times
Airline mergers, a deep recession and surging fuel prices have lead to sharp cuts in airline service around the country. Hardest hit: medium-sized airports.

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TSA PreCheck expands expedited screening benefits for international travel
TSA
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that beginning May 7, 2013, in addition to domestic travel, TSA PreCheck participants will be eligible for expedited screening on select international travel itineraries.

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Tax proposals open a debate on airline industry's troubles
The New York Times
A $300 domestic airline ticket now includes about $60 in taxes — or 20 percent of the total fare — which pays for things like air traffic controllers, airport improvements, customs and immigration inspections and checkpoint screening.

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ACC NEWS


Visit ACC at Booth #108 at the AAAE Annual Conference in Reno!
ACC
Stop by the ACC booth at the AAAE Annual Conference May 19-22 in Reno, Nev., to visit with staff and other ACC members, pick up the latest material on upcoming ACC conferences and a copy of the 2013 ACC Membership Directory. We look forward to seeing you in The Biggest Little City in the World!
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Special Feature: AirportConsulting magazine Summer 2013 Preview
ACC
Making Your New Hires Count by Grice Whiteley, GriceGroup, LLC
Remember a few years back when the industry was cranking out domestic airport projects and firms and airports couldn't get their hands on enough qualified people to employ? Things slowed down considerably since that time, but recently, as the industry seems noticeably busier, many firms have found themselves returning to the old adage "good help is hard to find."

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FAA/TSA/ACRP NEWS


Environmental Management System Development Process
ACRP
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 44: Environmental Management System Development Process provides background on the framework of an environmental management system (EMS), explores similarities and differences of the various approaches to an EMS, explains the EMS development process, and highlights lessons learned by airports that have developed an EMS.
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