Airport Consulting Weekly
July 16, 2009

Airlines, Already Suffering, Brace for More Woes
from The New York Times
The airline industry is in the midst of one of its most wrenching summers ever. And the fall and winter may be even worse — unless people start to fly again. More

Tiny Airports Get Big Cut of Stimulus Cash
from CBS News
If you want to know your federal stimulus package dollars are already having an impact, you might want to look up. The small planes you spot could be bound for one of the hundreds of tiny airports that have landed big money from the government, as CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports. More

Airport Check-in: Stimulus Helps Runways; Minn. Eyes Signs
from USA Today
The roughly $1 billion in federal stimulus infrastructure money for airports is all "out the door," with most of it going to work on runways, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told USA Today in a meeting last week. More

Airlines in Love with Versatile Version of Bar Code
from The Denver Post
Boarding passes with the linear bar codes found on grocery items are just so yesterday. Printed-out passes in general also appear headed toward extinction in favor of accessing flight information by scanning it off of a smart-phone screen. More

World's Busiest Airport Says it is Confident International Terminal Project will be Completed
from The Associated Press via The Star-Tribune
The world's busiest airport doesn't believe declining traffic, financial challenges and concerns raised in the past by its main tenant will scuttle an ongoing project to build a new international terminal, a top airport official said Wednesday. More

British Airways Signals Five Year Recovery for Business Class Travel
from The Times Online
The market for business class travel, which has been in free-fall since the start of the recession, could take at least five years to recover, the head of British Airways’ American operations has said. More

Troops Boost Shannon Airport Income
from The Irish Times
US troop traffic going through Shannon airport is the only growth area at the airport this year with 130,922 soldiers passing through in the first six months. More

Frankfurt Airport Traffic Dip Slows in June
from Reuters
The decline in passenger traffic at Frankfurt airport slowed to 5.6 percent in June as demand continued to recover gradually from the economic slump, airport operator Fraport said on Friday. More

Airport Pavement Design & Evaluation Workshop

ACC is currently accepting registrations for its ACC Institute Airport Pavement Design & Evaluation Workshop being held on Aug. 24-26 in Fort Worth, Texas. These courses have been updated to reflect the latest changes to FAA A/C 5320-6E (draft) and FAARFIELD, the FAA’s pavement design software and successful participants earn 18 Professional Development hours. More

Security Technology Day

There is still time to join the 100 plus attendees that have already registered for the unprecedented Security Technology Day. This high level gathering immediately following the ACC/FAA/TSA Summer Workshop Series on Friday, July 17, 2009 in Arlington, VA is an open dialogue with TSA covering baggage systems, passenger checkpoints, cargo systems and TSA OST & ACQ updates. More

Much-criticized Rural Air Travel Subsidies Gain Big Boost in House Spending Bill
from The Associated Press via The Chicago Tribune
A much-criticized subsidy for rural air travel would get a budget increase of more than 40 percent under a spending bill unveiled in the House on Monday. More

Senate FAA Reauthorization Bill Introduced
from ACC
The Senate Commerce Committee introduced its FAA reauthorization bill on Monday. The two year bill provides $4.0 billion in FY 2010 for AIP and $4.1 billion in FY 2011. The committee may mark up the proposal next week. More