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May 7, 2009
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Rural Airports, Lacking Traffic, Benefit From Stimulus' Largesse
from Investors' Business Daily
If pigs could fly, they would probably take off and land at John Murtha-Johnstown Cambria County Airport in Pennsylvania. Two hours east of Pittsburgh, it averages just 20 passengers a day. But its namesake, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., a powerful and controversial member of the House Appropriations Committee, has steered some $150 million to the airport over the years. More

Domestic Airport News

Country Music Mecca Takes a New, Private Approach to Airport
from USA Today
Starting next week, pilots for AirTran and Sun Country airlines will bring the first jetliners filled with paying passengers here to Mid-America's kitschy mecca for country music lovers and budget-conscious family vacationers. More

Aviation Taxes "Rivaled Only By Tobacco"
from Air Cargo World Online
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood last week told an aviation summit in Washington that the U.S. economic stimulus package is focused on transportation investments to create jobs. More

Average 4th-Quarter Domestic Air Fares Drop from 3rd Quarter; Top 100 Airports: Highest Fare in Cincinnati, Lowest Fare at Dallas Love
from Bureau of Transportation Services
Average domestic air fares in the fourth quarter of 2008 of $347 were 3.7 percent lower than the all-time quarterly high set in the third quarter but were still the highest for any fourth quarter on record, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported. More

Details Thin on Stimulus Contracts
from USA Today
Although President Obama has vowed that citizens will be able to track "every dime" of the $787 billion stimulus bill, a government website dedicated to the spending won't have details on contracts and grants until October and may not be complete until next spring halfway through the program, administration officials said. More


International Airport News

Japan Temporarily Detains American Airlines Passengers Over Flu Scare
from the Dallas Morning News
Japanese health officials detained more than three dozen American Airlines Inc. passengers and two flight attendants Monday while officials tested a passenger for the H1N1 virus. More

Airport to Undergo 10m Facelift
from BBC News
Belfast International Airport is to undergo a 10m investment to improve its facilities. The privately-funded project will see the construction of a new two-storey glass facade which will create space for more than 20 retail outlets. More

Ottawa Earmarks $350M for Airport Security
from The Toronto Star
Federal state minister (transport) Rob Merrifield has announced more than $350-million in funding to boost security at airports across the country. Ottawa is "committed to the security of our airports and the people who use them," he told reporters today at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. More

Airports Tackle Emissions
from Environmental Leader
As airlines consider how to meet their carbon-reduction targets, airports have also been exploring ways to reduce their emissions. From buses that run on biofuel to heating systems that rely on wood chips to eco-taxis, a range of European and U.S. airports are making advances. More


Analysis and Recommendations for Developing Integrated Airport Information Systems
from TRB
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 13: Integrating Airport Information Systems is designed to help airport mangers and information technology professionals address issues associated with integrating airport information systems. More

FAA: 2009 Military Airport Program Selections
from Aero-News Network
The FAA has selected Alexandria International Airport, in Alexandria, LA, and Phoenix/Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, AZ, to participate in the 2009 Military Airport Program (MAP), which uses federal funds to convert former military airports to civilian or joint-use airports. More

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