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Airport Consulting Weekly
Oct. 7, 2010
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Is the Southwest/AirTran merger the beginning of the end for low-cost airlines?
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By now you've probably read all about Southwest Airlines' acquisition of rival AirTran. Perhaps you've heard this consolidation of two large low-cost carriers (LCCs) will eliminate one brand (AirTran) and result in higher airfares. Or maybe you've heard just the opposite, that airfares will fall as network or legacy airlines face formidable competition from a larger and more powerful Southwest Airlines. More

Domestic Airport News

Safety Management Systems (SMS) NPRM published
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A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was published on Oct. 7 that would require Part 139 airports to establish a safety management system (SMS) for their entire airfield environment (including movement and non-movement areas) to improve safety at airports hosting air carrier operations. Comments on the proposed regulations will be accepted until Jan. 5, 2011. More

Will Elgin-O'Hare Expressway reach the airport?
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After years of talk, completing the eastern part of the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway and building a western bypass around the airport are gaining momentum and indications are that all or part of the project could be a tollway. Gov. Pat Quinn announced this morning the creation of an advisory council of business, local government, urban planners and labor to coordinate and work on funding for the project. More

Controllers set wider berths for 787 jets
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Boeing Co.'s newest jetliner models, already suffering from major cost overruns and schedule delays, face a fresh challenge: U.S. safety regulators have issued preliminary rules requiring other aircraft to maintain unusually long distances behind them during landing approaches. More

Funds authorized for Stewart Airport expansion
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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Board of Commissioners has authorized two initiatives to help position Stewart International for both immediate and future growth. More

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Wichita City Council further delays new airport terminal
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Worried about economic uncertainties, layoffs in the aviation industry and state legislation, Wichita City Council members today said they want to delay their decision on whether to build a new terminal at Mid-Continent Airport until at least January. More

American Airlines: More to come at LAX
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American, implementing its hub-focused strategy, is moving to increase its presence at Los Angeles International Airport. "Los Angeles is the third most important travel market in the world," said American President Tom Horton, in an interview with TheStreet. "So we're looking hard at LAX -- there may be more to come." More

International Airport News

Editorial: Government green racket
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"Every great cause begins as a movement, degenerates into a business and ends up as a racket." So wrote Eric Hoffer, visionary thinker, author of The True Believer and recipient of the US Presidential Medal of Freedom. Hoffer died in 1983, a few years before global warming overtook acid rain, the ozone hole and the next ice age to become the environmental apocalypse in waiting, so we will never know how he would have viewed it. Yet his observation about the progressive stages of great causes is certainly food for thought as the airline industry girds for yet another "environmental" tax on passengers. More

Air Canada to offer flights from Toronto Island in February
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Air Canada (AC.B.T) plans to begin offering flights at Toronto's island airport in February after reaching a long-term agreement with the airport's operator, the company said in a statement. The 15 non-stop daily flights between Toronto and Montreal will be operated on Air Canada's behalf by Sky Regional Airlines Inc., an affiliate of Skyservice Business Aviation, Canada's largest airline said. More

Air travellers want more self-service, study finds
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International airline passengers want self-service extended from online booking and kiosk check-in to security and passport control and boarding their flights, an industry report said. The report, based on surveys taken at seven major airports on five continents, said most travellers also want more automation for handing in baggage and paying excess fees, reporting missing luggage and switching flights. More

ACC News

Last call for registrations: GIS, Planning, NEPA
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Register now before you miss the high-level training at the ACC/FAA Airports GIS Workshop, ACC/ACI-NA/FAA Planning Redefined Course and ACC/ACI-NA/FAA NEPA Workshop. These three events, held consecutively from Oct. 17-21 in Long Beach, Calif., offer expert technical advice from leaders from the FAA, airports and the ACC member firms. The Planning and NEPA events share a joint session and reception and both offer profession credit hours (PDH). More

32nd ACC Annual Conference hotel deadline
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The last day to receive the discounted group rate of $195/night at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa for the 32nd ACC Annual Conference is Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. All reservations made after this date will be under standard pricing on a space available basis. The Sawgrass Marriott is located in Ponte Vedra Beach along Florida's Atlantic coast, surrounded by 99 holes of championship golf, 18 miles from downtown Jacksonville and 22 miles from historic St. Augustine. More

Prime Engineering wins ACC drawing at ACI Annual Conference
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Congratulations to Quintin Watkins with Prime Engineering, Incorporated who won his firm a free half-page ad in the 2011 ACC Membership Directory. Quintin was one of many ACC members to stop by the ACC booth and entered the drawing at the ACI-NA Annual Conference in Pittsburgh. A second drawing will be held at the 32nd ACC Annual Conference from November 8-10 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. For more information about advertising with ACC, contact ACC Coordinator of Communications John Reynolds,


FAA releases updated NPIAS
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The Secretary of Transportation transmitted the 2011-2015 National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) to Congress on Sept. 27, 2010. The AIP-eligible development needs identified in this report were compiled in 2009 with selected updates through February 2010. More

Review of the Department of Homeland Security's Approach to Risk Analysis
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The National Research Council has released a report explores how U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is building its capabilities in risk analysis to inform decision making. The report also evaluates the quality of the current approach to estimating risk and examines how DHS may improve its current risk analysis procedures. TRB is a division of the National Academies, which include the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council. More

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