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Airport Consulting Weekly
Feb. 16, 2012
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Obama budget proposes new security, airline fees
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Airlines and their passengers would pay up to $32 billion in new air traffic and security fees over 10 years, and grants to big airports would fall sharply under White House budget proposals aimed at deficit reduction. The Obama administration wants major carriers, their passengers, business jets and airports to pick up more of the costs of air travel and airport improvements that for years have been borne by taxpayers. More

Domestic Airport News

Texas airports are banding together in new group
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We have a new trade group paying attention to and advocating for Texas airports: The Texas Commercial Airports Association. TCAA is holding its first meeting in San Antonio as part of the annual Texas Transportation Forum. In a press release, organizers say the group will "collaborate on airport issues which will support new economic development and benefit travelers in the state." More

Dallas airport to sell debt amid American Airlines bankruptcy
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Dallas/Fort Worth Airport is looking to sell about $441 million in muni debt as concerns linger about its biggest carrier, American Airlines, which has its corporate headquarters in Fort Worth and whose parent AMR Corp. is in bankruptcy. More

Collapse of the US regional airline industry is a real concern
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There are worrying signals that a significant part of the airline industry could implode in the coming months, and despite the doom-and-gloom predictions from Europe, this catastrophe is occurring on the other side of the Atlantic. More

Flights by US airlines hit 10-year low
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U.S. airlines in 2011 operated the fewest number of flights since the hijack attacks on New York and Washington depressed air travel and accelerated the industry's worst-ever financial downturn, government figures showed. The Transportation Department said major airlines, their chief low-cost competitors and the biggest regional carriers, recorded 6.08 million departures last year. Takeoffs were not that low since 2002, when they totaled 5.27 million. More

Boeing exec sees upturn in air cargo market in the second half of 2012
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The global air-cargo industry could improve on its recent weakness in the second half of this year, in line with a firmer economic outlook worldwide, a Boeing Co. executive told Dow Jones Newswires. "We do believe that there will be an upturn in the second half of the year and that the air-cargo market will be particularly well positioned, because the maritime industry has mothballed a lot of their ships," said James Edgar, regional director for marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. More

New aviation bill: The pork barrel lives
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A year ago, it looked like a lovely bit of pork - the Essential Air Service (EAS) program - could very well be cut from the federal budget.  But despite bipartisan efforts to drive a stake into it, EAS, like Dracula, lived to fly another day. EAS began in 1978 as a $7 million effort to give some small rural towns 10 years to keep their air service while adjusting to a free-market, deregulation era. It was to phase out or "sunset" after 10 years. More

Pod hotels coming to an airport near you
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Anyone who's been stranded in an airport knows those awkward chairs at the gate aren't conducive to sleep - especially when you need it most. Enter the pod hotel, a small in-terminal hostelry comprised of mini-rooms where you can get some comfortable rest. A few airports around the world already have them, and more are opening soon. While these mini-hotels won’t win any Five-Star awards, the utilitarian spaces do offer privacy and, most important, a chance at some serious shut-eye.

Big money talks for airports when trying to lure airlines
Rockford Register Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Frontier Airlines announced it would begin service at Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal, where business and government leaders had amassed more than $450,000 to lure an airline to replace the one that's leaving, AirTran Airways. Great Falls, Mont., has armed itself with hundreds of thousands in cash and other carrots to bring a new airline for its residents. The Great Falls Tribune says Frontier Airlines could soon make a service announcement. More

Airport plan aims for the sky
Buffalo News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You wouldn't think a shrinking population and a stagnant economy would make a case for major investments at Buffalo Niagara International Airport any time soon. But the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority - which runs the airport - is nevertheless finalizing a 20-year master plan to spend $406 million on major upgrades for the terminal, parking and airfield. More

Change is in air over Bowman in Kentucky
The Courier-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bowman Field has been losing flights and money for years. It has carried an annual budget deficit of about $1 million since 2007 and its flights are off 63 percent since a peak in 1988 - and down 27 percent in the last five years alone. More

PANYNJ's RFI for LaGuardia's Main Terminal draws 15 firms
Airport Revenue News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fifteen firms have shown interest in the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey's exploration of a partnership with private firms to replace LaGuardia's (LGA) Main Terminal. The firms described their ideas to design, construct, operate, maintain and finance a new $3.6 billion, 1.3 million sq. ft. Central Terminal Building to replace the original, which opened in 1964. Port authority officials plan to review the proposed concepts, which could lead to the release of a formal request for proposals. More

International Airport News

Luton airport: Threat of 'substantial' termination cost
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The operator of Luton airport in the U.K. is threatening to charge millions of pounds in fees if its contract is ended under expansion plans. Luton Borough Council, which owns the airport, has revealed a blueprint aimed at making it bigger than rivals at Stansted and Manchester. More

Schiphol airport evacuated after bomb threat
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Airport police evacuated two terminals at Amsterdam's busy Schiphol Airport after receiving a bomb threat, a spokesman for the force said. Officers evacuated two departure halls as they investigated the threat, said airport police spokesman Martijn Beelen. He gave no further details of the threat. More

French airports face day 4 of disruptive strike
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
France's leading pilots' union threatened to extend a strike that has canceled hundreds of flights worldwide and cost Air France tens of millions of euros. Passengers faced a fourth day of cancellations at French airports because of the strike. Pilots, cabin and ground crews are protesting a draft law that would forbid workers from holding unannounced walkouts. More

ACC News

Aviation planners - Two special sessions in Denver
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Attending the 2012 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium? Aviation planners should take advantage of two special sessions.

•    On March 1 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. the ACC Planning Committee meeting will feature Kent Duffy, Program Analyst/Aviation Planner from the FAA Airport Planning & Programming Division, who will discuss elements of NextGen. Duffy will discuss integrating NextGen elements into airport planning. NextGen offers additional tools that can be integrated into airport planning to help with access, surface efficiency, and capacity needs. Access can be improved with RNAV/RNP approaches, which many aircraft are already equipped to fly. Airports can identify the right approach type for their users and needs. FAA is also proceeding with metroplex airspace efficiency projects using RNAV, as well as a two-phase strategy for improving closely spaced parallel runway operations. At busier airports, several initiatives are being evaluated to improve surface situational awareness and reduce taxi times. We'll discuss these elements of NextGen and how an airport can make use of them in ongoing planning efforts.

•    On March 2 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. the US Department of Transportation will host a special workshop to discuss intermodal opportunities at airports. One of the recommendations of the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC) was to “Establish a task force on intermodalism, including representatives from all modes of transportation, including aviation, to examine the status of efforts to remove barriers to intermodalism, make recommendations about advancing projects that achieve the movement of passengers and goods in a multi-modal fashion, and document the benefits of intermodalism.” This session is an opportunity for airport sponsors and planning consultants to provide input on intermodal issues involving airports. DOT, FAA and other transportation modal officials will provide a brief overview and then facilitate an open-microphone discussion to hear about issues, initiatives, impediments and opportunities.


TSA contracts for more explosive detection systems
Government Security News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Transportation Security Administration has purchased additional explosives detection systems for small and medium-sized airports nationwide. TSA said in a Feb. 10 statement that it bought more Reduced Size Explosives Detection Systems (EDS) that will provide streamlined screening capabilities and enhanced security for checked baggage systems at U.S. airports. More

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