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Shuster: Time to discuss next FAA bill already
The current funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is not scheduled to expire until 2015, but the chairman of the House Transportation Committee said that it was already time to begin working on the next reauthorization.
Airlines win concessions in budget deal
Airlines have softened their opposition to the new House-Senate budget deal after winning some concessions in the package. The deal struck by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., raises Transportation Security Administration fees that a broad coalition of airlines and aviation unions had opposed.
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Higher security fee set to boost travel costs
The Associated Press via Yahoo Finance
Congress has agreed on a budget deal that is expected to pass in the next few days that would more than double the $5 security fee on more round-trip tickets.
Congress renews undetectable gun ban for decade
The Associated Press via AviationPros.com
Congress has voted to renew an expiring pan on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection machines. However, Republicans blocked efforts to further toughen the restrictions.
General manager of world's busiest airport to retire
The Associated Press via ABC News
Louis Miller, general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport since 2010, is planning to retire on Jan. 3.
US Air, American Airlines complete their merger
US Airways and American Airlines have finalized their merger, creating what they say will be the world's largest airline. The consummation of the deal follows a nearly yearlong quest that involved a court battle with the Department of Justice.
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Quantum Secure’s SAFE for Airports is a modular software suite which cost effectively enables airports to streamline their credential and access management processes from enrollment of biometric data, STA / CHRC processing, BASIC integration and TSA Watchlist, to automation of physical access management. SAFE integrates with Physical and IT systems to increase efficiencies and comply with TSA regulations.
Santa delivers a 'gift' to city that could ground new airport plans
Santa arrived early in downtown Kansas City, Mo. A group of opponents of a new Kansas City airport, called Friends of KCI, dressed as Santa with a gift in hand. When they gave it to the city clerk, they promised the delivery would be a gift to the citizens of the city. They wrapped 3,500 petition signatures in a bow and had the city clerk unwrap it.
New Silver Line delays spur questions about Washington, DC, airport authority's diligence
The Washington Post
The announcement of yet another delay in the completion of the first phase of the Silver Line rail extension has raised concerns over whether the agency building it is pushing aggressively enough to get the project finished.
Supreme Court mulls airline immunity for threats
Supreme Court justices wrestled with how much leeway to grant airlines in reporting security threats that turn out to be false. The case involves Air Wisconsin Airlines, which argued that it deserves the same immunity from lawsuits as is granted the Transportation Security Administration.
Tampa International Airport's biggest-ever expansion
With Tampa Bay, Fla., growing, some parts of the airport are set to run out of room in just over two years. So, planners have set aside a billion dollars to make sure the airport doesn't burst at the seams.
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Privatization deal lands at Gary, Ind., airport
Northwest Indiana Times
The Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority on Monday learned the terms of a privatization agreement that boosters hope will bring $100 million in investment to the airport in the next 40 years. Members of a public-private partnership committee at the authority's regular meeting briefed members on a contract for airport development and another for airport operations, both of which would go to Aviation Facilities Co. Inc., of Dulles, Va.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport overhauls terminal to add more international travel
Travelers using Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport soon will get a slew of international destinations to pick from as the Southwest Airlines terminal begins a massive, $300 million makeover. Once complete, the renovated Terminal 1 will have five new gates for international flights. The makeover also includes a new security checkpoint and a concessions hall that will connect to the existing concourses.
Former Aviation Association Executive Principato joins NSI
National Strategies LLC (NSI) today announced that Greg Principato, a leading Transportation and Aviation Industry executive, has joined the company as senior adviser for its transportation and infrastructure practice. As a leader on transportation issues in the country, he will provide counsel and strategic insights to NSI's clients and partners. Principato served as President of Airports Council International — North American from July 2005 through June 2013. In this capacity, he oversaw the leading association of airports and airport-related businesses in North America. For more information, please contact Al Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 349-7003.
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Spain's $1.4 billion 'ghost airport' in Ciudad Real on sale for just $140 million
International Business Times
It cost one billion euros ($1.4 billion) to build, boasts Europe’s longest runway, and has a vast terminal building that can handle as many as 10 million travelers per year, but Aeropuerto Central Ciudad Real hasn’t seen a single commercial flight since 2011.
World's airlines extend robust traffic gains
Aviation International News
October airline traffic statistics published by the International Air Transport Association showed substantial growth in virtually every region of the world, as global revenue passenger kilometers rose 6.6 percent compared with the same month a year earlier and 5.2 percent over September’s results. Even the cargo market resumed its fragile recovery in October, generating a 4-percent increase in freight ton kilometers.
Australia's Qantas Airways to slash 1000 jobs
The Associated Press via USA TODAY
Hoping that regulators will ease restrictions on foreign ownership, Qantas Airways will slash 1,000 jobs and suffer half-year losses of at lease $225 million.
Air traffic control glitch delays flights at Heathrow, UK airports
A technical issue at the U.K.'s air traffic control center in Swanwick is causing delays to hundreds of flights Saturday across the United Kingdom, including Heathrow Airport. The National Air Traffic Services said in a lunchtime statement that it had identified the problem and anticipated it would take until 1:30 p.m. EST to resolve.
Mexico open to capital city airport expansion as $5 billion cost seen
President Enrique Pena Nieto may expand the congested Mexico City airport, the busiest in Latin America, on government-owned land east of the capital, his top transportation official said.
AAI planning flexible use of Kolhapur airport
The Times of India
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is considering introduction of night landing facilities at Kolhapur airport, a facility that can bring in additional air services to the city. The AAI is preparing a plan to use the airport for parking a couple of aircraft to reduce the congestion at Mumbai and Pune airports, said officials associated with the development.
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Register for the Construction Administration & Observation Training Course in March!
The ACC Institute Construction Administration & Observation Training Course will be held in Fort Worth, Texas from March 11-12, 2014. This course will provide participants an in-depth understanding of the purpose, objectives, and accepted methods associated with Construction Administration and Observation for projects using FAA AIP and PFC funds. The focus of the course will be how airport sponsors of FAA grant projects should administer and observe their projects in order to follow applicable rules and regulations. Reserve your spot now!
Apron Planning and Design Guidebook
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 96: Apron Planning and Design Guidebook addresses best practices for planning, designing, and marking apron areas for all sizes and types of airports in the United States.
FAA issues PGL on Cold Weather Construction Projects
PGL 14-01: Cold Weather Construction Projects. This PGL addresses the limited availability of discretionary funding for projects that were started before an Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant is issued. Section 138(a) of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 provides a very narrow provision to allow an airport to request discretionary funding for a project that was started before the grant was issued because climate-related conditions shorten the construction season.
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