Airport Consulting Weekly
June. 9, 2011

Privatizing airport screening could save $1 billion
The federal government could save $1 billion in the next five years without sacrificing security by replacing federal airport screeners with private screeners, Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said. Mica, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and a frequent critic of the Transportation Security Administration, said a four-month study by his staff showed that private screeners are 65 percent more efficient then government screeners and could save taxpayers "at least 42 percent." More

House passes $42.3 billion homeland security funding bill
The Associated Press via FOX News
The GOP-controlled House passed a $42.3 billion budget for the government's homeland security efforts after a debate that demonstrated resistance for some of the spending cuts required under austere budget times.More

GOP chairmen joust for TSA jurisdiction
The Hill
Two Republican committee chairmen seem to be engaged in a turf war over jurisdiction of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The tussle between Reps. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Pete King, R-N.Y., chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, was evident in a vote on TSA's airport screenings.More

Hub consolidations leave air travelers with fewer options
In the newest round of airline mergers, some airports will lose a significant chunk of scheduled service and, in some cases, their regional hub status. For travelers in cities such as Cleveland and Memphis, Tenn., that means getting from here to there may soon be more costly and more complicated. More

Fedex Express says sees strong momentum in cargo
FedEx Express, the airline subsidiary of FedEx Corp, sees the momentum in the cargo sector remaining strong, CEO David Bronczek said. "The momentum we see in the air cargo sector is strong. We see it coming strong out of Asia-Pacific, of course, led by China," Bronczek told reporters on the sidelines of the annual general meeting of the International Air Transport Association in Singapore.More

AirTran to stay at D/FW until Nov. 21, Southwest says
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Southwest Airlines, which acquired AirTran on May 2, plans to continue its scheduled service at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport until Nov. 21 to avoid inconveniencing passengers who have already bought tickets on those flights, the Dallas-based carrier has told the airport.More

FAA awards funding of $1.1 million to 2 rural Maine airports
The Associated Press via The Republic
The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded more than $1.1 million in grants for improvements at Maine airports in Presque Isle and Rangeley. U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud said the Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle is getting nearly $638,000 for an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle and another $170,000 for snow-removal equipment.More

House votes to cut TSA's budget by $270 million
The Washington Post
The Republican-controlled House approved legislation that would cut funding for transportation security officers, the men and women on the front line of aviation safety. The 219 to 204 vote approved cutting the Transportation Security Administration's budget by $270 million, according to Democrats and union leaders.More

Wichita, Kan., council members say they are ready to support new airport terminal
The Wichita Eagle
A majority of Wichita City Council members say they are ready to approve building a new terminal and parking garage at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport. The project, under consideration for years and on hold since October, will be up for a council vote June 21. Council members will hear from the public at that meeting.More

Dulles Metro decision livens things up for the Airports Authority
The Washington Post
It's not easy being a member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority these days. Not too long ago, MWAA board service was high on perks - lots of free travel, for one - and low on controversy.More

Frontier Airlines resumes Green Bay-Denver flights
Green Bay Press Gazette
Frontier Airlines resumed seasonal, nonstop service between Green Bay and Denver, the second summer in a row the carrier has offered the flights. Frontier has changed the three-times weekly flight days to Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and will be operating a larger Airbus A-319 on the route. The A-319 has a capacity of 138 people compared with 99 seats in the Embraer E-190 used last year.More

House votes to create new Connecticut airport authority
The Associated Press via NECN
The House of Representatives has voted to create a new quasi-public Connecticut Airport Authority to run Bradley International Airport and the state's general aviation airports. Shortly after the bill was passed, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy issued a statement praising the legislation for freeing Bradley airport in Windsor Locks "from the bureaucracy that has hamstrung the airport in the past."More

Flagler airport expansion plans ready for takeoff
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
All day long, pilots of hundreds of small airplanes based at flight schools practice landings and takeoffs at Flagler County Airport in Palm Coast, Fla., making it one of the nation's busiest general aviation airports. More

Greece sets new deadline for Kasteli airport
Greece postponed the award of a 1 billion euro tender for a new airport on Crete, the fifth time it has pushed back a project seen as a test of investor appetite for deals in the recession-hit country.More

Buenos Aires main airport resumes flights after Chile's volcanic ash cloud disruption
All Headline News
Nearly three days after Chile's Puyehue volcano erupted, volcanic ash clouds disrupted the air traffic around South America. Although some flights are resuming with the reopening of Argentina's main Buenos Aires airport, other smaller airports remained shut.More

Battle over Hong Kong Airport expansion begins
The Wall Street Journal
A proposal to build a third runway at Hong Kong's airport, in what would be the city's costliest infrastructure project ever, underscores the urgency with which this Asian financial and logistics hub is expanding capacity as air traffic in the region is propelled by growth in mainland China.More

ICAO, IATA & ACI World meetings productive
ACC identified several substantial opportunities to collaborate with three high-profile global organizations during recent meetings in Montreal. Contributing to the update of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Air Transportation Association (IATA) technical documents and possibly signing an MOU with ACI World relating to a safety program currently under development were among the priority possibilities discussed. ACC Globalization Committee Chair Mike DeVoy with RW Armstrong , Vice Chair Vinnie Khera with HMMH, Mike Arnold with ESA Airports and ACC President Paula Hochstetler participated in the meetings. If interested in learning more and participating, contact Paula Hochstetler at

Lang selected as 2011 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence recipient
FAA Deputy Associate Administrator for Airports Catherine (Kate) Lang has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence. Lang was chosen from a field of very strong candidates for her decades of advocacy for airport development and tireless work with airports and aviation associations like ACC to expedite FAA-funded projects. The award will be presented to Lang during an awards luncheon at the 33rd ACC Annual Conference and Exposition on Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Palm Springs, Calif.More

Legislative News 11-02
One-month FAA extension bill passed; House approves FY2012 DHS/TSA Appropriations bill.More

ASSET now available on TSA ACO-200 Web board
The Airport Security Self-Evaluation Tool (ASSET) is now available on the TSA ACO-200 Web board. ASSET is the third and final product of the Airport Innovative Security Measures Initiative, which previously included the March 2011 release of Commercial Airport Innovative Security Measures compendium and the December 2010 release of Commercial Airport Resource Allocation Tool (CARAT). Said Deputy Assistant Administrator for TSNM Douglas Hofsass, "TSA sincerely appreciates the strong partnership and collaboration on this groundbreaking initiative and supports ongoing efforts to increase security at the nation's airports while identifying efficiencies in the system and reducing burdens on operators.”More

FAA cites open government policy on BARR ruling
Aviation Week
Citing government transparency initiatives, FAA published a notice that will strip away privacy protections for business jet operators beginning Aug. 2. Publication of the notice follows the Department of Transportation’s quiet announcement at 5 p.m. May 27 that it was moving ahead on plans to strictly limit the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, which permits aircraft owners to request that their tail numbers be withheld from flight-tracking programs.More

FAA revises schedule for safety systems implementation
Aviation Week
The FAA has been forced by budget limitations to revise implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS) procedures, as they apply to agency personnel. The revision, issued June 1, will enable FAA personnel assigned to review proposed airport projects to apply SMS procedures and documentation requirements to projects at the nation's 29 large airport hubs. The original SMS order of last August, which defined procedures for FAA personnel to follow, had envisioned application to all hubs - 36 medium-size airports and 72 small hubs - by June 1.More