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Mike McCaul set to engage on TSA issues
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Congress's next Homeland Security Committee chairman is determined to explore further privatization of the Transportation Security Administration, work on its beleaguered image and avoid internal squabbles among committees trying to get a crack at the agency. More

Domestic Airport News

Airports: Where the jobs are
The Atlantic Cities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As Richard Florida pointed out in a series of posts last spring, airports play a "substantial role" in the economic growth of American cities. Their ability to facilitate the movement of goods and people may influence urban development as much as highways, railroads, and seaports did in previous centuries. They may also rival nearby central cities as anchors of employment, according to new research. More

Senate bill reviewing baggage scans for international travel passes
The Hill    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Senate passed a bill that could make it less of a hassle to check a bag for international travel. The No-Hassle Flying Act, introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., would allow the Transportation Security Administration to determine whether checked baggage on a flight originating at an airport outside the United States must be re-screened in the United States before it can continue on any additional flights if the baggage has already been screened in the foreign airport. More

LAX runway separation plan advances, over groups' objections
The Los Angeles Times via Aviation Pros    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A controversial plan to separate the two northern runways at Los Angeles International Airport by 260 feet advanced when airport staff recommended the proposal for further environmental review over other runway options. More

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LAWA sees receptive market for LAX's $269 million bond pricing
The Bond Buyer (subscription required)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Los Angeles World Airports' success in managing a multi-billion dollar expansion project is likely to be parlayed into a receptive environment for its $269 million bond pricing. More

Transform with technology
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Airports today are investing more financial resource into technology than ever before, and the spend will only increase. As technology has advanced, airport information technology (IT) departments have become the backbone of the business, supporting systems and processes that reach all areas of operation. More

Cheaper, better air traffic control
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As President Barack Obama and lawmakers scavenge for mutually acceptable spending cuts in order to strike a budget deal by Jan. 1, here's an easy one: The $10 million a year wasted on overstaffed and unneeded Federal Aviation Administration facilities. A Bloomberg News investigation this month found that one-third of FAA-staffed airport towers and radar rooms don't handle enough traffic to justify round-the-clock operations. They should be closed at night. More

Long Beach Airport's new passenger concourse to open in California
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The new $45-million passenger concourse at Long Beach Airport will open months earlier than expected at the site that's been a landing strip in Southern California since the 1920s. The 1941 Art Deco airport building will be enhanced by the new concourse that adds 35,000 square feet of shops and eateries, gate arrival and departure seating as well as a garden area in the middle with palm trees and other plants. More

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Springfield, Ill., airport ranked first in downstate economic impact
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Operations at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport accounted for nearly 4,800 jobs and $212.5 million in payroll in 2010, according to a report released by the airport and the Illinois Department of Transportation. The total, economic spin-off of $536.6 million was the largest among downstate commercial airports, according to the report. More

Best airport restaurants around the world
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Faced with concourses filled with ubiquitous shrink-wrapped sandwiches, greasy fast-food burgers, and processed pastries, the thought of eating at an airport is rarely appetizing. But that may soon change, as airports around the world are revamping aging terminals and the world’s best chefs, several of them Michelin-starred, are recognizing the value of serving exemplary meals before liftoff. More

Alabama's Huntsville International Airport celebrates the end of a $92 million expansion    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There was no ribbon cutting as the Port of Huntsville showed off its new baggage claim. But that's not to say there was no celebrating. Instead of the traditional symbol, a number of Huntsville officials opened up a piece of luggage. But they'd be disappointed if they were expecting shirts, shorts or perhaps even a pair of socks or underwear - a bouquet of balloons emerged and rose to the ceiling as streamers shot from the second floor. More

Parking problems? Valet parking begins at Houston's William P. Hobby Airport
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travelers having trouble finding a parking spot at some Houston airports have another option. Officials with William P. Hobby Airport say valet parking has begun with online reservations being accepted. Hobby has partnered with USA Parking System for the Valet Premier Parking service. More

International Airport News

Airlines, airports cater to international travel
USA TODAY    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For many U.S. airlines, flights that cross oceans and continents have fast become as important as those that cross the country. U.S. airlines increasingly are looking abroad to make money, as the demand for international travel skyrockets, and the race to woo domestic fliers gets tighter and tougher. More

Munich Airport's Christmas Market
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fun and festivities can be found at The Munich Airport Center's highly popular winter market. It's in full swing for the holiday season with 50 outdoor market stalls, a large ice skating rink (skates are gratis) and Bavarian curling. More

Incheon Airport may build terminal for budget travelers
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Incheon Airport, South Korea's busiest, is considering building a dedicated terminal for low-cost carriers after budget passenger numbers surged sevenfold in three years. Management will decide by year-end at the earliest whether to build the facility or to convert an existing concourse to budget operations, Lee Chae Wook, chief executive officer of operator Incheon International Airport Corp., said in an interview in Hong Kong. More

Maldives to take over airport operations
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Maldives Airport Co. expects to take over the island nation's main airport, as a deadline given by the government to an Indian-Malaysian consortium to hand over the facility expires soon, the managing director of the state-run company said. More

ACC News

International aviation experts share insights and network at the ACC Global Business Summit
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A diverse group of aviation professionals attended the 2012 ACC Global Business Summit in Washington, D.C. this week and shared lessons learned when pursuing international airport projects. Sessions were held on global market trends, cultural and other considerations when entering new foreign territories, risks and opportunities, and U.S. government assistance available to domestic firms.

Highlights included:
•    Perspectives from Nancy Graham of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Ken Dunlap of the International Air Transportation Association (IATA);
•    Representatives of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Commercial Service, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and Ex-Im Bank; and
•    Diverse perspectives from international partners, including representatives of the British Aviation Group, the Dublin Airport Authority, Aeroports de Paris and the Houston Airport System.

Participants also enjoyed networking with fellow peers and discussions on potential business opportunities during the event. Special thanks to the conference chair Steve Riano from Bechtel, and the moderators and panelists who developed fantastic, informative sessions. Plans are already underway for the 2013 Global Business Summit.

ACC Webinar
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FAA's New Airport Design AC 150/5300-13A: What it Means for Airport Planners and Engineers
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Airport Ground Support Equipment (GSE): Emission Reduction Strategies, Inventory, and Tutorial
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 78: Airport Ground Support Equipment (GSE): Emission Reduction Strategies, Inventory, and Tutorial is designed to help assess and mitigate the contribution of ground support equipment (GSE) to air quality impacts at airports. More

New NextGen technology improves safety and efficiency in western Colorado
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The Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced the activation of new NextGen technology that will help pilots address inclement weather around Montrose Regional Airport in western Colorado. More

TSA PreCheck begins at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the start of TSA PreCheck operations at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC). Under TSA PreCheck, U.S. citizens traveling domestically who are frequent travelers on Alaska, American, Delta, United and US Airways or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits. The TSA PreCheck lane is located at the South Checkpoint. More

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