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Department of Justice 'wrong' to block merger, says American parent AMR
USA Today
Like US Airways, American parent AMR also has promised a "vigorous" defense the Department of Justice's effort to block the proposed merger of the companies.
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With ReCat, busy FedEx World Hub increases departure capacity
Department of Transportation
Anthony Foxx writes, "Last week, on a visit to Memphis, I was fortunate to have the opportunity of touring the FedEx World Hub at Memphis International Airport. The FedEx facility covers more than 800 acres and is operated by more than 11,000 FedEx employees moving an average of over 1.5 million packages through the hub each day."
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Up in the air: How second-tier cities are absorbing the brunt of airline cuts
PCMA
Massive consolidation and rising fuel prices have resulted in fewer flights and higher fares at destinations across the country. Second-tier cities are absorbing the brunt of cuts in airline capacity and competition — and some of them are better off for it.
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Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for Lindbergh Field's expanded Terminal 2
KGTV-TV
The 445,000-square-foot expansion of Terminal 2 at Lindbergh Field will boost the San Diego area's business community and improve the traveling experience for passengers, airport and civic officials said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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An odd crown for Atlanta: Most guns at the airport
The New York Times
For most fliers, the standard slap-your-forehead moment occurs after opening a suitcase upon arrival and discovering that they forgot to pack their prescription medicine, running shoes or perfect necktie.
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Gary, Ind., has again an airport without an airline
USA Today
The Gary/Chicago International Airport is again an airport without an airline. That's after Allegiant Air flew its last flight from the airport, making one final run between Gary and Florida's Orlando/Sanford airport.
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Private bidders eyed for Newark Airport job
Crain's New York Business
The modernization of Newark Liberty Airport's Terminal A will require private investment that may take the form of a public-private partnership, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Patrick Foye said.
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FAA restricts Charlotte Douglas runway over safety concerns
The Charlotte Observer via AviationPros
The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered Charlotte Douglas International Airport to stop using one of its four runways during most of the day due to safety concerns, which could lead to delays and more noise over nearby neighborhoods.
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Mayor Eric Garcetti appoints 6 to airport commission
The Los Angeles Times
Declaring that he wants Los Angeles to have modern airports that are also good neighbors, Mayor Eric Garcetti overhauled the city's Airport Commission and replaced every member except attorney Valeria Velasco, a former community activist from Playa del Rey.
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Department of Justice files suit to block deal to create nation's largest airline
The Hill
The Department of Justice has sought to block a proposed merger between U.S. Airways and American Airlines that would create the country's largest airline.
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Chicago's O'Hare Airport turns to herd of goats and llamas to clear airfield brush
The Associated Press via Fox News
O'Hare Airport has acquired roughly two dozen barnyard animals to mow the grass including goats, sheep, llamas, and wild burros.
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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


Crowded skies, frustrated passengers
The Economist
On an average day, more than 1,500 planes take off and land at Beijing's Capital International Airport, the second-busiest in the world (by passenger traffic) after Atlanta. Many of those take-offs and landings are late. According to FlightStats, a travel industry monitor, China's big airports have the worst delays in the world, with only 18 percent of flights from Beijing departing on time in July (arrivals fared better). The strain is showing, especially on the faces of delayed passengers.
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Incheon to build new airport at Yangon: Southeast Asia
Bloomberg
Dexter Tan gets a weekly reminder of the challenges Myanmar faces in catching up with the world when he lands at Yangon's international airport. "The airport doesn't seem to be very business focused," with long immigration lines and only a few baggage carousels, shops and restaurants, said Tan, 55, treasurer of the Malaysian Myanmar Business Council. "There are no international standard eateries like McDonald's."
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Kenya: Moi airport JKIA best back-up, KAA
The Star via AllAfrica
The Moi international airport, Mombasa has the capacity to handle flight diversions and emergency landings, Kenya Airport Authority management said. Airport manager Yatich Kangugo said the facility is Kenya's main alternative airport.
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Changi among contenders for stake in GVK's airports unit
The Wall Street Journal
Singapore's Changi Airports International Pte. Ltd. is among five contenders for a stake that India's GVK Power & Infrastructure Ltd.  plans to sell in its airports business, GVK's finance director said.
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Why don't more US airports connect to Amtrak?
The Atlantic Cities
The Miami Intermodal Center — a $2 billion hub for air, rail, transit, and car travel — will be completed sometime late this year or early next. When that time comes, people traveling through Miami International Airport will be able to do something very rare in American transportation. They'll be able to arrive at or leave the airport on Amtrak.

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ACC joins aviation groups in requesting details on sequester
Politico
ACC joined ACI-NA, ALPA and other stakeholders in a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta requesting a meeting on the upcoming sequester cuts.

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Gatwick airport enjoys surge in passenger numbers
The Guardian
Gatwick airport handled an increased number of passengers last month. A total of more than 3.8 million passengers passed through Gatwick in July 2013 — a 5.5 percent increase compared last with the same period last year.
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ACC Institute Webinar: FAA's New Requirement on Reporting Pavement Strength Using PCN
ACC
Register now for this webinar that will cover Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Circular 150/5335-5B, Standardizing Method of Reporting Airport Pavement Strength – PCN, which was released in August 2011 and requires compliance within 3 years for all primary airports with air carrier aircraft and within 5 years for non-primary airports with air carrier aircraft. The procedure for developing PCNs in accordance with this Advisory Circular and using the FAA's COMFAA 3.0 software will be presented. In addition, the reasons behind FAA's move to using PCN in lieu of allowable loads by gear type will be discussed, as will FAA's current policy and potential future modifications. The webinar will present sample problems and case studies to illustrate how the procedure and software work and how to interpret the results to determine if the pavement can accommodate heavier aircraft.
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ACC Members: Nominate your airport sponsor for the ACC Excellence in Procurement Award
ACC
The ACC Excellence in Procurement Award recognizes the airport sponsor that has exemplary procurement and contracting practices, including the utilization of qualifications-based selection (QBS). The award provides examples of model procurement policies and helps ACC promote good, effective practices. The first phase of nominations are due by Friday, Sept. 20.
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Draft changes to runway length AC and other Advisory Circular updates - Comments due Aug. 19
ACC
The FAA has issued draft Advisory Circulars for review and comment which can be found at the FAA Advisory Circular website. Please send all your comments to chriss@acconline.org by COB Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 using a FAA Draft AC Comment Matrix for the following two (2) FAA AC draft changes: Draft AC 150/5325-4C, titled: "Runway Length Recommendations for Airport Design"; and Draft AC 150/5340-30H, titled: “Design and Installation Details for Airport Visual Aids”.
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