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April 2, 2009
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Midway Focus in Airport Privatization Debate
from Aviation Week
The jury may still be out on whether U.S. airports--and their surrounding communities--will benefit from privatization, but more are watching the proceedings with interest. More

Debt Threatens Takeover of Midway Airport
from the Wall Street Journal
An investment group that contracted to take over Chicago's Midway Airport is unlikely to meet a Monday deadline to pay the city $2.52 billion, people familiar with the talks said, marking a new setback for airport privatization efforts in the U.S. More

Domestic Airport News

Airport Projects Approved to Receive Stimulus Money
from the Wall Street Journal
Airlines aren’t seeking a government bailout right now. But some American airports are in line to receive federal stimulus money to improve taxiways and runways, thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the official name for the $787 billion federal stimulus package President Barack Obama signed into law in February), which has designated more than $1 billion for airport improvements. More

Companies Pretty Up Prices to Win Stimulus Projects
from the New York Times
Department stores are marking down their spring collections. Broadway shows are offering discount tickets. Now road work is on sale, as well. Construction companies, hungry for work in the dismal economy, have slashed their prices to try to win the first round of public works projects being paid for by the federal stimulus package. More

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces More Than $28 Million for Arizona Airports Under Economic Recovery Act
from USDOT
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood today announced more than $28 million for Arizona airports under the recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), including a $10.5 million grant for taxiway rehabilitation at the heavily traveled Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. More

Federal Stimulus Money Boosts Duluth Airport Plan
from USA Today
The plan to build a new terminal at the Duluth International Airport is picking up steam thanks to an expected $7.1 million in federal stimulus money. More

Milwaukee Airport to get $2.5M in Stimulus Money
from USA Today
General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee will receive $2.5 million in federal stimulus money for runway safety construction. That's according to Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore, who represents the Milwaukee area. Moore says the money should help get people to work. More


International Airport News

Airport Security at Risk
from the Winnipeg Sun
Information sharing between Transport Canada and the RCMP is so haphazard a convicted felon suspected of murder and smuggling drugs through an airport was cleared to work in a restricted zone of a terminal, according to the country's top watchdog. More

Sri Lankan to 'Go Green'
from the Daily Mirror – Sri Lanka
The country’s national career, SriLankan Airlines’ first ‘Green Flight’ rose into the sky from Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) last Saturday in the hope of converting SriLankan flight operations more planet friendly and eco oriented in future. SriLankan Airlines Flight UL 557 to Frankfurt was the first green flight that went on board using recyclable consumables and flying practices that minimize fuel burn. More


FAA Sees 9 Percent Fewer Air Passengers This Year
from The Seattle Times
The Federal Aviation Administration predicts that nearly 9 percent fewer passengers will board major U.S. airlines for domestic flights this year, and that traffic on international flights will also decline as the bleak economy curbs business travel and vacation plans. More

Babbitt Considers FAA Early Challenges
from Aviation Week
FAA administrator nominee Randy Babbitt won’t have the luxury of a honeymoon period in his new role, and he acknowledges that he will quickly have to grapple with major challenges ranging from modernization to labor disputes and funding questions. More

The Federal Aviation Administration updated AC 150/5200-31B, Airport Emergency Plan
from FAA
The FAA issued an Advisory Circular (AC) that provides guidance to the airport operator in the development and implementation of an Airport Emergency Plan (AEP). More

The Federal Aviation Administration updated PGL 08-02, Management of Acquired Noise Land: Inventory - Reuse - Disposal
from FAA
The FAA update clarifies the need to reuse noise land that is no longer needed for noise compatibility. More

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