Airport Consulting Weekly
April 23, 2009

Midway Airport Deal Falls Apart
from the Chicago Tribune
The much-anticipated $2.5 billion deal to privatize Midway Airport has become the latest victim of the global crisis choking off the financial markets, Chicago city officials said Monday. More

Travel Cutbacks Slash Service to Midsize Airports
from USA Today
As the summer travel season nears, fliers are about to feel the full brunt of cuts in air service and vacation spots aren't the only places getting hit. The recession and resulting falloff in business travel are taking a particular toll on second-tier business airports such as Cleveland, San Antonio and Hartford, Conn. More

In Missouri, Investors Seek a Profit in Branson Airport
from The New York Times
Branson, Mo., is remote and has a tiny year-round population. But it also has the kinds of outdoor activities and family-friendly theater productions that attracted eight and a half million visitors last year, earning the city the unofficial nickname "Vegas without the gambling." More

Transportation Secretary Announces Grant in Vt.
from The Burlington Free Press
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood was in Vermont on Friday to announce a $6.2 million federal grant for the Edward F. Knapp State Airport. The project, funded by a federal economic stimulus program, is estimated to create 54 jobs. More

Eco-efficient Aviation Opens Ways to Green Future
from The Korean Herald
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has set the goal of emission-free aviation by 2050. To achieve this goal, aviation can build its environmental work on four cornerstones: technological development, favorable infrastructure, operational means and market management. More

FY 2009 Cumulative Approved ARRA Grants 3-16-09 through 4-20-09
from the FAA
The FAA has recently added the following information to the Airport Improvement Program Grant/Apportionment Data page on the FAA Web site. More

At TSA, a Waiting Game for Bargaining Rights
from The Washington Post
Border Patrol agents can do it. So can federal protective officers and U.S. Capitol Police. But Transportation Security Administration officers, who screen passengers at airports across the country, are not allowed to engage in collective bargaining. More