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OMB report: Government shutdown delayed aviation deliveries worth $1.9 billion
The Wichita Eagle
The partial shutdown of the federal government in October delayed 156 airplane deliveries worth $1.9 billion, according to a report this month by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. The 16-day government shutdown, which ran from Oct. 1, to Oct. 17, delayed deliveries and the sale of aircraft. That’s because the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aircraft Registration was closed for the duration and employees were furloughed.
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How the new American stacks up against its rivals
Star- Telegram
It has been five years since American Airlines could say, “We’re No. 1.” But when its merger with US Airways closes, as early as next month, the Fort Worth-based airline can once again claim the top spot in the airline industry. The new American will have more than $38 billion in annual revenue, 1,500 aircraft, 6,500 daily flights and more than 100,000 employees, making it bigger than rivals United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, which currently occupy the top two positions.
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US lawmakers urge transport chief to shield airlines from EU plan
The Chicago Tribune
Lawmakers urged U.S. Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx on Nov. 22, to use his authority to protect domestic air carriers from paying for each ton of carbon dioxide they emit as their aircraft flies over European airpsace. Leaders of the House transportation committee sent a letter to Foxx, asking him to enter into negotiations to ensure U.S. airlines are "held harmless" from a proposed EU amendment requiring foreign air carriers to buy carbon permits in the European emissions trading scheme to cover portions of flights over EU airspace.
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US airports approaching capacity, reports say
The Seattle Times
The week before Thanksgiving, before more than 3 million people will overwhelm the nation’s airports during the busiest travel weekend of the year, a pair of reports raised a chilling question: What if the nightmare airport scenario of Thanksgiving was repeated every week: Long lines, standing-room-only lounges, late planes, and endless waits for luggage.
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Lawmakers warn small cities lose in US air settlement
The Hill
Lawmakers say the Justice Department’s settlement allowing American Airlines and US Airways to merge could limit service to smaller cities. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, the leaders of the House and Senate Transportation committees argue slots at airports in Washington, D.C., and New York that the two airlines gave up in the settlement must increase service to smaller cities.
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Airports that lose flights see ticket prices rise
Airline ticket prices have taken off in some cities that have seen sharp drops in domestic air service, while some airports that gained flights saw prices fall, a USA Today Network analysis of domestic fares at the nation's 100 busiest airports shows. The findings seem to underscore the law of supply and demand.
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As TSA reviews safety, weapons keep piling up at Baltimore-Washington International, Maryland
The Baltimore Sun
The events earlier this month have focused renewed attention on the safety of the unarmed TSA officers who screen passengers for flights every day at the nation's airports, including Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. And it has prompted a debate about arming some of the agents. Through the end of September, the Maryland Transportation Authority Police had confiscated seven firearms at BWI this year. The authority police force, which has armed officers at the airport, handles all gun seizures for TSA there.
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Boise, Idaho, airport opens new $30 million air traffic control tower (Boise State Public Radio)
America's crunchiest airport offers a $15 minimum wage and kindness to birds (Bloomberg Businessweek)
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The evolution of how we build airports
The Atlantic Cities
For most people, airports are places to rush through and minimize time in. You select the security line that looks the fastest and then hunt down the free Wi-Fi. The airport, however, holds a special place in the urban landscape. Its evolution, from close-in Love Field where JFK and Jackie landed in Dallas, to far-flung outpost like Denver International, reflects changes not only in travel but in the culture.
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Singapore Changi, Odebrecht to buy Rio airport for $8.3 billion
Brazil sold the country’s second-busiest airport for almost four times the minimum bid as part of President Dilma Rousseff’s program to modernize infrastructure and shore up investor confidence. Odebrecht SA and its partner, a Changi Airport Group unit, offered 19 billion reais ($8.3 billion) to run Galeao airport in Rio de Janeiro, which will host tourists for the soccer World Cup next year and the 2016 Olympic Games, for 25 years.

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Foxx says airport congestion deserves attention
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told a travel conference Wednesday that attention drawn to crowded airports like a story in USA TODAY could persuade the public and Congress to provide more funding. Foxx told the U.S. Travel Association conference that airports, highways and rail are all becoming more crowded — and the country expects to add 90 million people by 2042.

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Syracuse, NY, airport renovation introduces new 'exit portals'
On the way out of Syracuse's airport terminal, the new exits get some strange looks. Paul Trudeau thought they looked like a science fiction intergalactic time machine as he passed through on his way out. "I was expecting to get transported somewhere like on Star Trek. I was like - Yeah! We finally got there!"

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Aerovale to be first private Brazilian genav airport
As other Brazilian general aviation airport proposals fight paperwork battles, Aerovale will finish earthmoving next month and begin paving its 5,000- by 98-foot Category V runway, to meet an opening date of May 30. The airport is in Caçapava, next to São José dos Campos, and 66 miles from São Paulo and 198 miles from Rio de Janeiro–a location that might make the planned 320,000-sq-ft of ramp space a favored option for business jets visiting Brazil for the World Cup in June and July.
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Global standards for Africa strengthening safety and boosting connectivity
International Airport Review
The International Air Transport Association renewed its call for African governments to focus on adoption and adherence to global standards to ensure a safe, efficient and integrated air transport system. Connectivity is critical for African growth and development, supporting some 6.7 million jobs and $68 billion in economic activity. Aviation’s economic and social benefits, however, can be undermined by the unintended consequences of government action which are not aligned with the established framework of global standards.
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Six new mega-airports that will compete for the title of world's busiest
In Oct. 2013, Dubai's massive new airport — World Central Airport Dubai — cleared its first commercial flight. It's expected to become the world's busiest airport, but, with plenty of other contenders quickly taking shape in Asia and the Middle East, it's going to have some stiff competition. Welcome to the mega-airport boom.
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Eleven more airports, including Luton and Stansted, to use full-body scanners
The Guardian
Eleven more airports across Britain, including Stansted, Luton and Liverpool, are to be required to screen passengers with new generation full-body scanners, the transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, has announced. But he has ordered that a ban on flying for passengers who refuse to go through the controversial scanners should be lifted from Nov. 22, as long as they agree to undergo an alternative private hand-search.
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Foreign investors eye airports as Indonesia rolls out welcome mat
Indonesia's need for more and better airports is drawing strong interest from foreign transport and construction companies, hungry for a slice of the action in one of the world's the fastest growing markets for air travel. Next month, Indonesia is expected to ease regulations to allow foreign companies, like India's GVK Power & Infrastructure and South Korea's Incheon International Airport Corp IIACO.UL, to manage and operate airports in what is already the world's fifth largest domestic air travel market.
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TSA's PreCheck program expands with more airports, airlines
The Washington Post
Susan Rudisill was approaching the west-side checkpoint at Washington Dulles, Va. when an airport official stopped her and directed her to a different security area, where she would receive new instructions. Among them: Do not remove your shoes, light jacket or belt. “I planned my whole wardrobe around having to take off my shoes!” exclaimed Rudisill, an Oregon traveler who had been randomly selected for PreCheck.
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TSA initiative could create passenger pileups during holidays
The Los Angeles Times
If you're getting ready to take a flight during the holidays, be prepared for more than the usual confusion at airport screenings. The combination of infrequent fliers and the Transportation Security Administration's new initiative that allows randomly selected passengers to receive expedited screening — an initiative that will continue during the holidays — has the potential to create passenger pileup. The TSA has moved from a one-size-fits-all security approach by allowing some passengers (75 and older) to keep on their shoes and jackets when they go through security. Kids 12 and younger can keep on their shoes.
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