Airport Consulting Weekly
Apr. 25, 2013

Senators seek way to ease FAA cuts
The Wall Street Journal
Complaints about air-travel delays in recent days have prompted Democrats in Congress to reconsider their strategy for dealing with across-the-board spending cuts. The Federal Aviation Administration has begun furloughing air-traffic controllers to comply with the required cuts, known as the sequester. Airlines and some lawmakers have said the FAA is taking a rigid approach to the cutbacks, applying them in a way that has led to flight delays across the country, especially at airports in the Northeast. More

White House: Flight delays show why sequester was 'never meant to be law'
The Hill
Airline delays that result from furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are examples of why Congress should have reached an agreement to avert the sequester, the White House said. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that "furloughs cannot be avoided" at the FAA, where 70 percent of the operating budget was personnel costs.More

Mica urges Orlando International Airport to dump TSA
Orlando Sentinel
Nearly 12 years after helping to create the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Rep. John Mica, urged Orlando International Airport officials to dump the agency in favor of private contractors. "We probably can do more with less in the private sector and provide better service to the people of Orlando," Mica, R-Winter Park, told an airport committee considering whether to bring in a company that would screen passengers before they board.More

The role of Next Generation Navigation in JetBlue's newest route
Seeking Alpha
Nick Long writes, "On April 4, 2013 I authored an article highlighting a few potential weaknesses within JetBlue's new route offerings between Worcester Regional Airport in Massachusetts and both Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla."More

TSA official grilled at House hearing on the agency's budget, foreign-made uniforms
The Washington Post
The Transportation Security Administration has been a favorite target of House Republicans, and John W. Halinski had the unfortunate role of playing their patsy. It was hard for the agency's deputy administrator to take cover from some of the rapid-fire questions shot at him during a hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on national security. And in some cases, Halinski didn't help himself when the Marine veteran could not perform up to the Boy Scout standard of "Be Prepared."More

Flight delays as political strategy
The Wall Street Journal
President Obama's sequester scare strategy has been a political flop, but his government keeps trying. The latest gambit is to force airline flight delays until enough travelers stuck on tarmacs browbeat enough Republicans to raise taxes again. More

TSA postpones allowing small knives back on planes
USA Today
The Transportation Security Administration is postponing letting passengers carry small knives back aboard airline flights. After facing strong opposition to the policy change from flight attendants and its own air marshals, the agency said it was delaying the policy change so that the airline industry, passenger advocates and law-enforcement experts could weigh in on what should be allowed on planes.More

Airlines expect FAA furloughs to cost them millions
Aviation Week
Major U.S. airlines say they expect to lose tens of millions of dollars in revenue each month because of flight delays and cancellations caused by the FAA's furlough of air traffic controllers, which began April 21. Many carriers also say they are canceling hundreds of flights to try to mitigate delays. Delta Air Lines, for example, says the additional cancellations will range from about 150 on a good weather day to nearly 400 on a bad one.More

ARRA lessons learned: Opportunities exist for FAA to further improve its oversight of airport grant payments
Office of Inspector General USDOT
On April 18, 2013, we issued a report on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of airport grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). ARRA injected an unprecedented $1.1 billion into FAA's Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants program and established tight timeframes for distributing funds, emphasizing preference for projects that could be completed in 2 years.More

With New Orleans airport plan in place, Rollins leaves for Los Angeles
The New Orleans Times-Picayune
Nolan Rollins has boarded his last jet as chairman of the New Orleans Aviation Board. The former president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans stepped down last week shortly after Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced a massive overhaul of Louis Armstrong International Airport.More

5 things to know about FAA furloughs
Kate Peterson's recent morning flight from Baltimore to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had to land at nearby Dallas Love Field because it was running low on fuel. When the management consultant contacted CNN, her airplane was still waiting to get refueled before taking off for the other airport. The Montgomery Village, Md., resident still needed to make a connecting flight to Midland, Texas, to meet with a client. If she doesn't make it, she will have lost $2,500 for the day.More

Furloughs cause airport delays
Just like the government warned a few months ago, air travelers have started experiencing late flights caused by forced federal spending cuts. More

Complaints against airlines continue to soar
Los Angeles Times
The nation's airlines reported more delayed flights and a higher rate of mishandled luggage in February while complaints by passengers jumped nearly 30 percent.More

FAA's 149 airport-tower closures cleared for takeoff
USA Today
The Federal Aviation Administration is moving ahead with plans to close 149 small air-traffic-control towers across the nation as part of mandated spending cuts.More

New York Senators urge FAA to keep Griffiss and Ithaca Tompkins airport control towers open
CNY Central
There's a new push to save two airport control towers in Central New York, which are currently set to close on June 15. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are asking the federal government to keep Griffiss International Airport in Oneida County and Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport in Tompkins County open as they are essential to the Central New York economy and security across the Northeast.More

Lawmakers applaud TSA for delaying knives on planes
The Hill
Lawmakers praised the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for delaying a new policy that would allow knives onto airplanes even as they pushed the agency to drop the idea completely. The TSA had been scheduled to begin allowing airline passengers to carry knives with blades smaller than 2.36 inches onto airplanes April 25.More

Boeing admits flaw in 787 battery short circuit testing
Aviation Week
Boeing 787 chief project engineer Mike Sinnett says in hindsight he would have "challenged" the test assumptions in the evaluation and certification phase of the main and auxiliary power unit lithium-ion batteries for the 787. More

Chicago to mandate eco-friendly efforts at airport restaurants
Chicago Business Journal
Chicago is banning restaurants at O'Hare International and Midway airports from using Styrofoam and other non-compostable materials and requiring them to recycle waste by the end of the year as part of a new green-concessions policy.More

Why the US is winning the airfare war along the Canadian border
Puget Sounds Business Journal
Canada's travel industry has taken notice, to put it mildly, of low-cost U.S. carriers setting up service at U.S. airports near Canada and using their price advantage to lure Canadian passengers across the border. This article refers to a 2012 report by the Canadian Airports Council.More

Heathrow studies options to build capacity
Aviation Week
Looking down on Heathrow Airport from its 285-ft. high air traffic control tower, the challenges that face the world's busiest two-runway airport suddenly become very clear. With an aircraft landing or taking off approximately every two minutes, runway and parking-stand capacity is at a premium, and the site offers little room for expansion. More

Got it maid, or an airline's flight of fancy?
Shanghai Daily
A Chinese budget carrier is planning to dress its female flight attendants as maids and their male colleagues as butlers on some flights, a move that has attracted both praise and criticism online. Spring Airlines said it would be the first domestic airline to have crew members dressed in such a fashion.More

Ghana: Kumasi Airport goes international by 2016
Ongoing rehabilitation of the runway of the Kumasi Airport, which is supposed to be completed by December, this year, is part of grand design to upgrade the Airport to meet international standards. New runways are expected to be constructed with lights for the airport to receive evening flights, the Managing Director of the Ghana Airport Company Ltd, Mrs. Doreen Owusu Fianko has disclosed.More

Juanda airport expansion expected to reduce congestion
The Jakarta Post
State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I plans to complete the construction of a new passenger terminal at Juanda International Airport serving Surabaya, capable of accommodating 6 million domestic and international passengers annually, by Heroes Day on Nov. 10.More

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These two events, held together but available under separate registration, provide industry with education and opportunity to collaborate with a wide array of agency counterparts. Hear the latest on recapitalization and optimization and other initiatives from the experts in the TSA Office of Security Capabilities (OSC) at this briefing tailored specifically for industry. This high-level briefing will be immediately followed by the ACC Summer Workshop Series — two days of panels and roundtable conversations with experts from the TSA, FAA and other aviation stakeholder agencies. Sign up now to join the conversation and get the latest information from the top!More

Prohibited items list implementation delay
On April 23, TSA released a statement announcing the delay in the implementation of changes to the Prohibited Items List.More

TRB Aviation Group Brochure
TRB's Aviation Group has released a brochure that highlights why and how to get involved in TRB aviation-related technical committee activities. The technical committees are communities of individuals who share a common interest and expertise.More