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April 9, 2009
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Heathrow Airport Expansion Threatened by Legal Challenge
from The Guardian UK
Councils, residents and environment groups representing several million people have launched a legal challenge against the government's decison to expand Heathrow airport with a new runway. The coalition of 13 organisations claim that the consultation process for the new runway was flawed and that the decision was "irrational." More

Domestic Airport News

KC Picked to get All-Electric Van Plant
from The Kansas City Star
A U.S.-British consortium has chosen Kansas City for a green technology project an assembly plant for all-electric powered delivery vans employing 200 people. A formal announcement was scheduled by Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corp. at Kansas City International Airport. More

Southwest is Landing at LaGuardia Airport
from the New York Daily News
Some good news arrived for cash-strapped New Yorkers Tuesday when discount airline Southwest announced it will fly to and from LaGuardia Airport for the first time. The Dallas-based carrier will have five daily nonstop flights between LaGuardia and Chicago Midway and three between LaGuardia and Baltimore/Washington starting in June. More

Colored Concrete for TRAX Airport Line OK'd
from The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City's North Temple TRAX train will glide up the gateway through decorative, colored concrete -- an expensive design decision capital leaders say will pay off by erasing one west-side stigma. By unanimous vote, the City Council on Tuesday agreed to embed the rail line to the airport rather than lay it atop a bed of gravel. More

Smelled Any Good Airports Lately?
from USA Today
Next time you go to the airport, take a good, deep breath. What does it smell like? Cinnamon rolls? Barbecue? Cigarette smoke? A locker room? Nothing? Airports in North America have been doing a lot lately to make the travel experience more enjoyable by upgrading shops, dining venues, and the furniture and lighting in gate areas, and by adding artwork, power plugs and wireless Internet access. More


International Airport News

All Set for 3.3 Bln Euro Lisbon Airport Tender
from Reuters UK
The planned new international airport in Lisbon will require 3.3 billion euros ($4.47 billion) in investment, state-run Naer company said on Tuesday after presenting the final study for the project. More

Mexican Airport Operators Hit by Easter Shift
from Reuters
Mexico's two leading airport operators posted on Monday a sharp decrease in their March passenger traffic, hurt by a shift in the Easter holiday. Easter Week, when many Mexicans take family vacations, was in March last year, compared with April this year. More


FAA Cuts VLJ Forecast, Sees Growth In 2010
from Aviation Week
FAA has sharply lowered its short-term expectations for a burgeoning Very Light Jet market, but officials still predict growth in that segment and the general aviation industry as a whole beginning in 2010. FAA last week released its Aerospace Forecast for fiscal 2009-2025. More

Colorado Airport Operators Feeling TSA Stress
from AVweb
The mainstream media is starting to take note of the impact of TSA rules that general aviation pilots and operators have been unhappy about, and if a story in this week's Denver Post is any indication, GA may get a sympathetic hearing. The costs and logistics of TSA regulations on Colorado's airports are significant, Rex Tippetts, director of aviation at Grand Junction's Walker Field, told the Post. More

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