Airport Consulting Weekly
Mar. 22, 2012

A4A lays out US aviation policy plan
ATW Online
The US airlines' advocacy association is pursuing a five-step plan to bring about a national aviation policy. Speaking at the ISTAT Americas 2012 conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., Airlines for America (A4A) president and CEO Nicholas Calio said US airlines have become the most regulated de-regulated industry in America - and rules governing how they operate, along with exorbitant taxes and fees, are having unintended and negative consequences. More

Senate rejects Export-Import Bank reauthorization
Politico
The Senate voted not to reauthorize an export bank that its supporters - a coalition of Democrats, some Republicans and prominent business interests - say generates thousands of jobs. The vote on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, part of an overall package that would lift a half-dozen regulations for small businesses, failed 55-44. The measure needed 60 votes to proceed. More

Automation is considered for checking IDs in airports
The New York Times
The Transportation Security Administration has spent a lot of money on technology to keep dangerous items off planes - with mixed results - but has been slower to address another risk: travelers who are using a fake boarding pass or identification. More

War between United, Southwest looms over Houston
The Houston Chronicle
A proposal by Southwest Airlines to offer international flights from Hobby Airport has triggered an intense lobbying duel with United Airlines, which still wields considerable local clout as the successor to Houston-based Continental. More

Little Rock, Ark., airport renamed Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport after unanimous vote
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Travelers flying into Little Rock will now be reminded of Arkansas' most famous political couple after officials voted to rename the city's airport after Bill and Hillary Clinton. The Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission unanimously agreed to change the name of the Little Rock National Airport to honor former President Bill Clinton and his wife, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The former president, an Arkansas native and the state's former governor, said they were humbled. More

New screening at some US airports could allow those over 75 to keep their shoes on
The Associated Press via Fox News
Some air travelers over the age of 75 will soon get a break at airport security checkpoints under a test program announced that could allow them to keep their shoes and light jackets on and skip pat-downs. More

US Airways, Philadelphia say they are working out differences on airport expansion
The Philadelphia Inquirer
US Airways and the Nutter administration, which have disagreed publicly about a proposed expansion of Philadelphia International Airport, made a joint statement about working to iron out their differences. The airline, which is the dominant carrier at the airport, has objected to the costs it would bear for the expansion, while the city had threatened to impose new airport-use rates if US Airways did not agree to a new, 15-year airport lease by July. More

US space tourism set for takeoff by 2014, FAA says
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
The Obama administration is preparing for a space tourism industry that is expected to be worth $1 billion in 10 years, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration's commercial space office said. Rocket planes and spaceships to carry passengers beyond the atmosphere, similar to the suborbital hops taken by Mercury astronauts Alan Shepard and Virgil "Gus" Grissom in 1961, are being built and tested, with commercial flight services targeted to begin in 2013 or 2014. More

JetBlue moving to bigger digs in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Travel Weekly
JetBlue will move from Terminal A to the larger Terminal C at San Juan's Luis Munoz Airport at the end of May. JetBlue launched service to Puerto Rico in May 2002 and now has flights from seven U.S. gateways to San Juan, Aguadilla and Ponce. The carrier begins Newark-San Juan service on April 25 and West Palm Beach-San Juan service on May 15. More

Airlines warn of Olympic chaos at London airports
Reuters
The heads of four leading airlines have warned the British government there could be chaos at London's airports during this summer's Olympic Games, which would cause major embarrassment to the country unless a deal can be reached over their concerns. In a blunt letter to transport chiefs, British Airways, bmi, Virgin Atlantic and Easyjet said time was running out to tackle the expected surge in air traffic and its impact. More

Don Mueang airport set for ฿60 million revamp
Bangkok Post
Don Mueang airport has put its non-aviation activities on hold as it prepares to serve more budget airlines being switched from crowded Suvarnabhumi airport. Airport director Kanpat Mangkalasiri said that all non-aviation activities have been suspended. The airport needs to concentrate on improving its facilities to receive more budget airline flights. The government wants to divert flights to Don Mueang to relieve congestion at Suvarnabhumi. More

New ACC Institute webinar reviewing Irregular Operations, ACRP Report 65
ACC
This webinar will provide participants with a summary of how to use the recently completed ACRP guidebook focused on developing Airport Irregular Operations (IROPS) contingency plans. Events over the past 12-18 months have demonstrated that IROPS events can happen at any time and those airports and airlines that are not prepared to address these events have resulted in significant passenger harm and public relations nightmares for airports. Such incidents have been considerably reduced in number at airports that have developed and implemented their own comprehensive, coordinated plan for dealing with IROPS situations. Participants in the webinar will gain an understanding of how to use the guidebook to assess existing IROPS plans or develop a new plan to meet their needs. More

ACC welcomes new members
ACC
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FAA to increase efficiency and reduce aircraft emissions in Northern California airspace
FAA
Acting Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta and aviation partners kicked off a collaborative effort to make air traffic control more efficient, help airlines improve on-time performance, and reduce emissions generated by aircraft flying into and out of Northern California airports. More

Use of Towbarless Tractors at Airports - Best Practices
ACRP
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Results Digest 15: Use of Towbarless Tractors at Airports - Best Practices includes broad guidance designed to help enhance the safe operation of towbarless tractors (TBLTs) at airports. More