Airport Consulting Weekly
June. 23, 2011

General Aviation: Security Assessments at Selected Airports
GAO
General aviation accounts for three-quarters of U.S. air traffic, from small propeller planes to large jets, operating among nearly 19,000 airports. While most security operations are left to private airport operators, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), provides guidance on threats and vulnerabilities.More

San Jose airport seeks new ways to court airlines
San Jose Mercury News
With flights still down more than a third despite a $1.3 billion makeover unveiled last summer, San Jose's airport wants to send a new message to airline executives: Friend me.More

AirTran purchase gives Southwest more clout in Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Inquirer
What will the disappearance of AirTran Airways as a stand-alone airline next year mean for flights and fares for Philadelphia air travelers? Southwest Airlines Co. bought AirTran last month for $1.4 billion, and eventually AirTran's planes, routes, and brand will become part of Southwest, which will be the only discount carrier at Philadelphia International Airport.More

Project to extend Green Airport runway moves forward
The Providence Journal
After more than a decade of talks and planning, airport officials discussed ways to pay for more than $166 million in runway improvements at T.F. Green Airport in Providence, R.I. The plans call for extending the main runway to 8,700 feet and adding air-infused concrete at the end of another to catch planes that fail to stop. The concrete, which breaks apart, slows planes without damaging them.More

Perry revives Texas bill to limit airport searches
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Another episode of Texas vs. the feds is unfolding in the waning days of the special legislative session over a bill that would prohibit federal TSA agents from conducting intrusive security searches at Texas airports.More

Paris 2011: Traffic rebound drives SES as nations drag their feet
AINonline
The global economic recession gave pause to the relentless growth in air traffic over recent years, not least in Europe. But according to Eurocontrol air transport activity, traffic is on the move again, with last summer's 5 percent increase confirming the recovery of the industry.More

Flights delayed as TIA runway in need of repair
The Himalayan
Flights at the country's only international airport were disrupted for more than three hours after a section of its runway wore out due to heavy rains. Several flights were delayed while at least three flights were diverted. According to airport authorities, potholes in a section of 3,050 meter stretch of the runway were spotted.More

Hungary sells 25 percent stake in Budapest airport
Reuters
Hungary has exercised an option to sell a stake of 25 percent plus one vote in Budapest airport, valued at 36.6 billion forints ($192.5 million), to German construction group Hochtief AG. More

Deadline for discounted hotel rates for July events
ACC
Friday, June 24 is the deadline to receive discounted hotel rates for the ACC/TSA Security Technology day and ACC/FAA/TSA Summer Workshop Series in July. The initial room block for the event at the conference hotel has sold out and rooms are now available at the Holiday Inn National Airport at Crystal City. A shuttle will be provided between the two hotels. Reserve your room now – online or by calling 1-800-HOLIDAY, while space and discounted rates are still available.More

Raise the issues important to you at the ACC/TSA Security Technology Day
ACC
How do firms go about getting business with the TSA? What programs are on-going and planned and how may industry participate in them? How will current events shape future TSA requirements and priorities? Listen to TSA Assistant Administrator, Operational Process and Technology/Chief Technical Officer Robin Kane; TSA Deputy Assistant Administrator, Operational Process and Technology John Sanders; and a number of other TSA experts share vital information with industry during the third annual ACC/TSA Security Technology Day. Register now to join us on July 12 and get answers to the questions that affect your business.More

Two House members call for investigation of TSA
The Daily Caller
Two Republican House members are calling for an investigation of the Transportation Security Administration after serious lapses in security led to the firing of dozens TSA employees at Honolulu International Airport.More