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Labor groups to Department of Justice: Back off US Air-American merger
The Hill
A group of transportation labor groups is urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to drop its opposition to a proposed merger between U.S. Airways and American Airlines. The AFL-CIO's Transportation Trades Department said in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder that the DOJ should allow the U.S. Air-American merger to go through because it did not interfere in other recent airline combinations.
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FAA: Heads up when runways are used as taxiways
Aviation International News
The FAA issued SAFO 13007, which warns pilots to use extra caution when taxiing on intersecting or active runways. "At many airports, it is common for ATC to use an active or inactive runway as a taxiway [to accommodate] airport geometry, construction, congestion or taxiway restrictions."
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Southwest's influence on lowering airfares waning
USA Today
You might want to start calling it the "JetBlue effect." A recent study has found that Southwest's fabled ability to lower fares by its mere presence in a market has diminished over the past six years, weakening the argument that the carrier can play a key role in keeping prices in check despite a wave of mergers sweeping the airline industry.
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AMR and US Airways seeks trial soon with US to revive merger
Bloomberg
AMR Corp. and US Airways Group Inc. are confident they will prevail in court over federal objections to their $14 billion merger and hope to begin a trial as soon as possible, attorneys for the carriers said.
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San Diego airport becomes leader in giving back to community
By Matt Falcus
Aug. 9 marked the official opening ceremony of San Diego's landmark The Green Build project ahead of the first passenger use five days later. California's third-busiest airport in terms of passenger enplanements has completed the biggest project in its history. And it came in about $45 million under budget while creating jobs and contracts for many local businesses. At the heart of the $1 billion project was the chance to expand the crowded Terminal 2 and improve the passenger experience while providing an economic stimulus for the San Diego region.
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Self-service kiosks speed passport line at O'Hare airport
The Associated Press via The Seattle Times
O'Hare International Airport is the first airport in the U.S. to receive self-service kiosks, making passport control move a little faster.
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Nothing to read? Airport libraries to the rescue
USA Today
It's appropriate that a book celebrating the 75th anniversary of Nashville International Airport includes a page — and a charming photo — documenting the library branch that opened on-site in 1962. Staffed by a librarian who received an extra $4 in her paycheck to cover airport parking, the Nashville Public Library reading room was the first time a public library was ever established in a municipal airport.
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El Paso International Airport to get a $139 million makeover
El Paso Times
The El Paso International Airport is about to get a $139 million face-lift. City Council in El Paso, Texas, approved a five-year capital improvement plan for the airport that includes a new $45 million car-rental facility. The money for the project will come from a mix of Federal Aviation Administration entitlements and discretionary funds, passenger charges and the airport's business revenue.
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Port Columbus opens new south runway Aug. 22
Columbus Regional Airport Authority
The largest capital project in the 85-year history of Port Columbus, a $140 million runway, took center stage at a commissioning event anchored by Michael P. Huerta, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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New $1 billion expansion of San Diego airport seen as a model for KCI
The Kansas City Star
If this is any comfort, Kansas City, Mo., residents are being asked to build an entirely new airport terminal for only a couple hundred million dollars more than San Diego just paid for an expansion that added only 10 gates along with a lot of other conveniences.
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Memphis airport may close terminals
WREG-TV
Big changes are coming to the Memphis airport. There's a new leader and there will likely be a new look. For the first time, the airport is discussing possibly shutting down one, maybe two, of its terminals. The Memphis airport once proudly displayed the label "international;" now it's focusing on local travelers.
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LAX Airport Commission reacts to possible litigation
Venice-Mar Vista Patch
The city Airport Commission, fearing possible litigation over conflict-of-interest allegations involving a former commissioner, voted to throw out bids for an indoor advertising contract at Los Angeles International Airport.
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This ain't no podunk airport: Logan goes global
The Boston Globe
Patrick Smith writes, "It has been said that the real measure of a city's greatness has nothing to do with its cultural or civic institutions, its establishments of higher learning, or the prominence of any businesses or industry. No, what really counts is how many foreign cities you can fly to from its airport. Who said such a thing? I did. Is it true? Of course not."
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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEWS


Kenya airport body replacing chief after fire
The Associated Press via ABC News
A week after a fire gutted Kenya's main airport, the board of directors of the body that manages all of Kenya's airports said that the managing director will be replaced.
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London Southend rated best airport in Britain
The Guardian
A £21 million gamble to convert a sleepy runway on the Essex coast into London Southend appears to be paying off, after consumer group Which? rated it the top airport in Britain. The survey gave Southend an average customer satisfaction score of 84 percent, as smaller airports far outperformed their larger rivals.
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Singapore: World's most awesome airport gets awesomer
CNET News
Tim Hornyak writes, “Last time I was at Singapore's Changi Airport, I was waiting for my flight by relaxing at the swimming pool and sipping a Singapore Sling. I really didn't want to leave.”
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A pop-up restaurant checks in at Copenhagen airport
Jaunted
If you fly to — or through — the airport over in Copenhagen within the next month or so, you might just want to build in some extra time for a nice airport meal. This isn't just a slice of Sbarro either, as this is probably one of the best airport restaurants around. Just remember to act quickly, as this Michelin-level spot is one of those pop-up options.
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For frequent fliers, airline loyalty is fleeting
USA Today
When it comes to airline loyalty programs, fliers may be a bit fickle. A new survey by the professional services firm Deloitte, found that 66 percent of business travelers were open to switching to another airline loyalty program even if they'd earned the elite status that gives them access to extra perks.

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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).

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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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ACC NEWS


Global Project Hotspots: Istanbul Turkey Airport Development Roundtable
ACC
The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will be hosting a business roundtable on Monday, Aug. 26, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. to discuss development opportunities related to the Third Istanbul Airport. This opportunity is open only to U.S.-based firms. Due to requests, a teleconference call-in to the meeting available. For more information on this opportunity, including attendance, conference call information or general inquiries, contact istanbulairport@ustda.gov.

Turkey is just one of the "project hotspots" that will be discussed at the 2013 ACC Global Business Summit in Washington, DC from Dec. 12-13. Emerging economies in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South America will also be discussed.

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ACC Members: Submit your nomination for the 2014 AIAA/AAAE/ACC Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award
ACC
This award honors the person or persons judged to have recently made outstanding contributions toward achieving compatible relationships between airports and/or heliports and their surrounding environments. Nominations are due by Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. For more information, contact carols@aiaa.org.
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FAA/TSA/ACRP NEWS


NASA transfers NextGen software tool to the FAA
FAA
In the latest example of NASA and the FAA working together to enhance safety and efficiency in the nation's airspace, NASA has handed off to the FAA a new, NextGen software tool that will improve the flow of aircraft from runways to cruising altitudes.
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Environmental Assessment of Air and High-Speed Rail Corridors
ACRP
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 43: Environmental Assessment of Air and High-Speed Rail Corridors explores where additional research can improve the ability to assess the environmental outcomes of these two systems.
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Guidelines for Airport Sound Insulation Programs
ACRP
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 89: Guidelines for Airport Sound Insulation Programs provides updated guidelines for sound insulation of residential and other noise-sensitive buildings. The report is designed to help airports and others develop and effectively manage aircraft noise insulation projects.
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