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Some airport directors forego federal funds
McClatchy Washington Bureau via Springfield News Sun
The nation's airports once counted on billions of dollars in federal grants to upgrade their facilities, but in an increasingly uncertain fiscal environment, some would prefer to leave the money on the table and leverage their own resources instead.
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Judge Lane approves the American Airlines plan of reorganization
The Dallas Morning News
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane said Sept. 12 he would do so, and sure enough he got around to doing it on Oct. 21. Judge Lane formally confirmed the plan of reorganization proposed by American Airlines and parent AMR, with a caveat that he wasn't passing judgment on an antitrust lawsuit that could block the plan’s implementation.
IATA making welcome progress on permanent bag tag standard and InBag initiatives
Future Travel Experience
While notable improvements to the baggage handling process have been made in recent years, the task facing the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Baggage Working Group remains significant. Although only 1 percent of worldwide baggage is mishandled, this is still costing the industry $2.58 billion every year.
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North Dakota among USA's hottest states for airport growth
North Dakota airports continue to rank among the fastest-growing among all U.S. states. Statewide, cumulative airline boarding at the state's eight large airports jumped 9 percent in September as compared with the same month in 2012.
Airport executive association taps new president
The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) has tapped a new president after the retirement of its previous leader. The AAAE announced that it was appointing Senior Vice President of Federal Affairs Todd Hauptli to its presidency following the departure of its current president Chip Barclay in December.
Jeh Johnson nominated as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
The Washington Post
Jeh C. Johnson had a clear view from his law firm's 28th-floor Manhattan office as a jet hit the second World Trade Center tower on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. "The images of smoke and destruction against the backdrop of a clear, beautiful blue sky are burned into my memory," he said at an American Bar Association breakfast four years ago.
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Washington budget battles disrupt Hawaiian Airlines' strategy
AWIN First via AviationWeek
Hawaiian Airlines says the disputes over the federal budget are increasingly hindering its business plans, as the FAA still cannot predict when it will be able to perform the certification work needed for the new turboprop subsidiary that Hawaiian is trying to launch.
At the airport of the future, even the security check is self-service
Now that you've learned how to scan your own shampoo at CVS and be your own waiter at Chili's, put on your best scowl and get ready, because self-service security checkpoints are coming.
Indianapolis airport solar farm is largest of its kind
The Indianapolis Star via USA TODAY
A 44,000-panel solar farm at Indianapolis International Airport has started soaking up sun rays and delivering usable electricity. Airport and business officials commissioned the $35 million to $40 million installation, which ranks as the largest airport-based solar farm in the country.
Orlando, Fla., airport approves $1 billion expansion program
Reuters via NBC News
Orlando, Fla.'s international airport authority has approved a $1.1 billion improvement program, financed in part by $543.5 million in revenue bonds, to meet growing tourism industry demand linked to the area's theme parks.
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Expansion of Helsinki Airport begins
By Matt Falcus
Consistently ranked as one of the best airports in the world by passengers and other organizations, Helsinki-Vantaa is beginning a phase of developments and upgrades that aim to retain this position and allow growth alongside its partner airlines. The airport's owner, Finavia, is embarking upon an ambitious plan to increase its capacity from 15 million to 20 million passengers per year through a series of improvements and construction projects that will last until 2020.
Airbus lands its largest-ever order from single Latin American airline
Aviation International News
The VivaAerobus Group has signed a purchase agreement for 52 Airbus A320 family jets, marking the biggest Airbus aircraft order by a single airline in Latin American history. The deal covers 40 A320neo and 12 current-generation A320, the first of which the airline plans to take next April. VivaAerobus, a Mexican low-cost carrier, has opted to announce the engine selection later.
Big airports need to grow, says UK's aviation minister Robert Goodwill
The U.K.'s new aviation minister has pushed the case for expanding London's biggest airports, telling the industry that the country needs to grow its hub capacity. Speaking at the Airport Operators Association conference, Robert Goodwill said it was "vital that we support growth in this sector."
Cost of Berlin's new airport soaring, board member says
Berlin's long-delayed new international airport, which is still without an opening date, will cost more than expected, a member of its supervisory board, Rainer Bretschneider, said. Noise insulation and the large terminal building were driving costs beyond the expected 4.3 billion euros, Bretschneider told German broadcaster ZDF, and additional levies were payable for every month the airport remains closed.
Is Chennai Airport losing ground to Bangalore Airport?
The Economic Times
If an airport is an indicator of a city's growth as a business and leisure destination, Chennai is in serious trouble. It looks like Chennai is losing ground to Bangalore as the southern gateway for business and tourism owing to deficiencies at the city airport.
Heathrow is now the most family friendly European airport — After being the least
Rethink your travel plans families: if you're adventuring with children, the best airport you can travel to, from and through in Europe is London Heathrow. That's a big deal if you consider the fact that only last year it was ranked as the worst.
Paula Hochstetler to speak at UC Berkeley Airport Planning Course dinner
On Tuesday, Oct. 29, ACC President Paula Hochstetler will address students of the UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies Airport Systems Planning and Design Course. This four-day course covers the broad spectrum of airport planning and design issues within the evolving context of the air transportation industry. Paula's comments, 'A Wounded Industry with Great Potential — Handling the Churn' will show how the foresight and innovation of experts in aviation can — and will — reverse the negative statistics that the industry routinely faces.
Security check now starts long before you fly
The New York Times
The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its screening of passengers before they arrive at the airport by searching a wide array of government and private databases that can include records like car registrations and employment information.
FAA delays release of new pilot training guidelines
It was expected that the Federal Aviation Administration was going to publish new airline pilot training guidelines in October. The new rules were something that the "Families of Continental Flight 3407" have been pushing for since 2009 when a Continental Airlines regional turboprop aircraft crashed in Clarence Center, N.Y., killing 50 people.
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