Airport Consulting Weekly
May 14, 2009

Private Jets Lose That Feel-Good Factor
from The New York Times
David S., the principal in a small investment fund based in Connecticut, where he lives, is planning a dozen or so visits this summer to his vacation ranch in Montana, where he will fish, ride and bike with his family, and play golf with colleagues and investors. Most of the preparation is straightforward: but getting there, this year, is problematic. More

Pa. County to Weigh in on Philly Airspace Redesign
from USA Today
Officials of a suburban Philadelphia county are heading to Washington, D.C. this week to take part in a challenge to the changes in aircraft flight paths put into effect at Philadelphia International Airport a year and a half ago. More

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Santa Monica from Banning Some Jets
from the Los Angeles Times
A federal appeals court has upheld a legal order obtained by the Federal Aviation Administration that blocks the city of Santa Monica from banning the fastest private jets from its municipal airport until the FAA's review of the restriction is complete. More

Giant Cargo Airports Key to Dallas' Advancement, Economist Says
from The Dallas Morning News
Long ago, I traveled with Dallas civic leaders to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and to the global headquarters of Japanese trading giants in Tokyo. The foreign big shots listened politely to the Dallas boosters. Then they tried to sell DART cars or something else to the city. More

Citi-led Group Out Of Bidding For BAA Gatwick Airport
from CNN Money
Airports operator BAA Ltd. on Wednesday confirmed that Citigroup Inc.'s (C) consortium had been eliminated from the auction for Gatwick Airport, leaving just two bidders still in the running. More

Spain's PM Offers to Waive Airport Fees for Airlines
from Reuters UK
Spain's prime minister on Wednesday proposed 240 million euros ($327.6 million) a year in support to airlines, the latest in a flood of initiatives to combat the country's worst recession in 60 years. More

EU Backs 3.1 Billion-Euro Aid for New Berlin Airport
from Bloomberg
The European Union approved as much as 3.1 billion euros ($4.2 billion) in German state aid for Berlin’s new airport, which aims to compete for passengers with rivals in Europe. More

TSA Budget Boost May Benefit Makers of Screening Gear
from The Wall Street Journal
A handful of companies could be big winners under the Department of Homeland Security's budget, thanks to a proposed spending boost for airport-baggage-screening gear in the Transportation Security Administration. More

DOT Cancels Plans to Auction NYC Airport Slots
from Airline Biz Blog
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Wednesday that the federal government was dropping a proposal left over from the Bush administration -- re-distributing takeoff and landing slots at New York LaGuardia, New York Kennedy and Newark airports. More