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Budget cuts will mean more time at the airport
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How about an extra hour to go through security? And, international travelers, brace for this - four hours to clear customs? These are likely scenarios at the nation's airports when the much-feared $85 billion of forced U.S. budget cuts hit in March. Many federal agencies - including those that handle airport security, customs, and air traffic control - will be forced to furlough employees, which means workers will have to stay away from their jobs for no pay for certain time periods over the next seven months. More

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Alternative methods for collecting airport passenger facility charges
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GAO identified three basic alternative methods to the current airline ticket-based method for PFC collections. These methods are not mutually exclusive and could be used by either individual airports or a group or airports. More

Muni bonds could fund Obama's infrastructure goals
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Market participants say munis are key to reaching the infrastructure goals laid out in President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address, but caution that cuts to munis' tax benefits could make it difficult to fund the large-scale projects Obama described. More

Let a stranger drive your car while you travel, and the airport parking is free
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Airport garages occupy a dark space in our imaginations. Thanks to Hollywood, every multi-level parking structure reeking of jet fuel is seemingly a non-stop parade of international espionage, murder-for-hire deals, and cuckoldings in progress. But what if airport garages instead were the backdrop for a different kind of commerce, an exchange that offered free parking, a free car wash, and free gas? More

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Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett announces state investment for safety enhancements, improvements at 10 airports
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A $10 million state investment will fund important projects at 10 airports across Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Corbett said. "As I outlined in my transportation proposal, a multi-modal transportation system is essential to sustaining and growing our economy," Corbett said. "These investments will enhance safety and improve facilities to ensure that regional needs are met while supporting jobs and the local economy." More

Long lines, flight delays seen from US spending cuts
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Hours-long lines and flight delays at U.S. airports may be among the results if Congress and President Barack Obama don't agree to stop automatic spending cuts at government agencies, according to a U.S. House analysis. The Transportation Security Administration would reduce its front-line workforce, including seven-day furloughs for airport screeners during the fiscal year, adding as much as an hour to lines at security checkpoints, Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee said in a recent report. More

Airport change needs study, Charlotte, NC, officials say
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Charlotte, N.C., officials are citing Charlotte Douglas airport's "potentially damaging" handling of bond revenues and "severe" security deficiencies as reasons an independent authority should not be given control of the airport. In a letter to Mecklenburg's legislative delegation, Mayor Anthony Foxx and City Council members said that other city departments stepped in to fix those problems. More

Houston City Council OKs deal with Southwest for Hobby expansion
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Houston City Council completed another step toward the creation of Southwest Airlines' first international facility, which breaks ground this summer at Hobby Airport. Council members unanimously approved a 25-year use and lease agreement with the Dallas-based carrier that incorporates a new two-story, five-gate concourse and Customs and Border Protection inspection facility at Hobby into existing terms and conditions. More

Gov. Hickenlooper announces grants to 44 Colorado airports
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Gov. John Hickenlooper authorized the distribution of $20.6 million in state aviation fuel tax revenues through 44 grants to Colorado general aviation airports under the Aviation Discretionary Grant program. The program is administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation's Division of Aeronautics. More

Smaller airlines could grab routes from American Airlines merger
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Smaller airlines could grab additional routes following the merger between American Airlines and US Airways, according to industry sources. Although the deal is expected to clear Department of Justice regulations, the combined airline will likely have to shed some domestic routes, said John Pincavage, a financial advisor at Pincavage & Associates. This is the case, even though the two major airlines overlap on only 12 non-stop routes and have complementary hubs, according to media reports. More

Colleges provide lift for airports
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Lynchburg, Charlottesville and Roanoke, Va., have one important customer in common: their local university. According to the Lynchburg Regional Airport's recent business travel survey, Liberty University would account for more than two-thirds of potential tickets to Dulles, if Lynchburg were to get United service there. More

Allegheny County Council approves drilling at airport
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Allegheny County Council approved a contract to drill for natural gas on Pittsburgh International Airport land, but not without disagreement. Four council members voted against the measure in a contentious meeting that saw strong public turnout against drilling. A recurring theme? Doing due diligence in safety and environmental impact. More

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Miami International Airport unveils plans for $512 million "Airport City"
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The futuristic plan for Miami International Airport envisions newly arrived visitors checking in at a four-star hotel to relax at a pool, corporate executives hopping onto a people mover to meet at a business center minutes away, and locals crossing the street from the terminal to pick up Fido at the pet spa. More

Food trucks are now parking in the airport cell phone lot
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We've seen celebrity chefs, organic ingredients, and even technology - think iPads - show their influence on the airport dining scene, but now it looks like another trend is heading to the airport. Apparently the food truck craze has arrived at the airport, so the long-term parking lot is no longer just for parking. More

General aviation's economic fuel offsets tax breaks
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Not long ago, President Barack Obama's press secretary mentioned that the president wants to eliminate "subsidies to corporate jet owners." It's a politically popular line in tough economic times. But it's wrong. More

Obama said sequestration would result in airport delays
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President Barack Obama warned that airline passengers might face longer travel times if automatic budget cuts known as "sequestration" are allowed to take effect. In a pitch to lawmakers made against a backdrop of emergency first responders, Obama included cuts to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in a long list of what he said would be stark consequences of allowing the sequester to take place. More

Kansas airport runway project receives state funding
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Newton City/County Airport's runway reconstruction project has secured an additional $380,484 in funding through the Kansas Department of Transportation's Airport Improvement Program (KAIP). The $6.4 million project had already secured nearly $5.8 million in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration. Newton's runway reconstruction was one of 46 airport projects selected for KAIP funding from across the state. More

Airline merger threatens US airports' credit quality
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The merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways to form the world's largest air carrier threatens the credit quality of U.S. airports, Moody's Investors Service said, as the combined airline may eliminate routes or push up ticket prices. American Airlines parent AMR Corp, which filed for bankruptcy in November 2011, said that it will merge with US Airways Group. More

Sloths, speedways and grave sites: Before they were airports
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Many of today's airports stretch across vast tracts of acreage that don't hold much interest for anyone but plane-spotters and aviation geeks. But before they housed commercial airports, some of these lands had colorful, non-aeronautical pasts. More

OTG lays the foundation for a connected airport that speaks your language, whatever that language may be
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OTG, the restaurateur that made waves when it installed free access iPads in some of the world's busiest international airport hubs last year, is improving its existing system with the deployment of a translation system that will allow it to provide translation of its restaurant menus in 13 different languages. More

International Airport News

The future of airline seating? Let's hope so
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What if your economy-class airline seat could feel nearly as luxurious as first class? It would have a personal bin dedicated to overhead storage. It would be constructed in such a way that your space wouldn't be infringed upon when the person in front of you reclines their seat. And it wouldn't cost that much more than what we pay for economy class today. More

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport awards €33 million development contract for new terminal
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Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TTIA) has awarded a €33 million consultancy contract for the development of Terminal 3. The airport currently handles 25 million passengers annually and is preparing for a growth up to 60 million passengers in 2030. More

Qatar rejoins bid for Greek ex-airport lease
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Qatar has rejoined a public competition to develop the former Athens airport, one of the prized sites of Greece's privatization drive, a Greek spokesman said. The emirate "has signed the confidentiality agreement and is returning to the Hellinikon tender," government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou told To Vima radio. More

Malawi workers threaten to shut airport, IMF holds talks
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State workers in Malawi have told the government and airlines they will shut the main international airport in the capital Lilongwe as part of a week-long public sector strike. The airport closure would cut off the main air routes serviced by Kenya Airways, South African Airways and Ethiopian Airlines. More

Mumbai airport partners with SITA for passenger technology
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Airport operator Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd. (MIAL) said it has entered into a 10-year partnership with air transport and communications firm SITA. MIAL is managed by GVK-led consortium that operates Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA). As a part of the agreement, SITA will provide passenger handling technology to CSIA which is India's second busiest airport. More

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Just weeks away from the Construction Administration & Observation Training Course in Memphis!
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View the latest agenda for the ACC Institute Construction Administration & Observation Training Course, being held March 5-6 in Memphis, Tenn. This course will provide participants an in-depth understanding of the purpose, objectives, and accepted methods associated with Construction Administration and Observation for projects using FAA AIP and PFC funds. The focus of the course will be on how airport sponsors of FAA grant projects should administer and observe their projects in order to follow applicable rules and regulations. Registration for the course includes an airport tour of construction projects at Memphis International Airport and a tour of the FedEx sorting facility at the airport. More


TSA awards huge baggage screening contracts to L-3 and Morpho Detection
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TSA has awarded contracts, each potentially worth more than half a billion dollars, to L-3 Communications Security and Detection Systems, Inc. and Morpho Detection, Inc. to supply "medium speed" explosive detection systems that can screen checked baggage turned over by airline passengers. More

PGL 13-04, Pilot Program for Redevelopment of Airport Properties (Acquired Noise Land)
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The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 requires the FAA to establish a pilot program to fund compatible redevelopment of airport properties purchased for airport noise compatibility with Airport Improvement Program and Passenger Facility Charge funds. The purpose of the pilot is to encourage airport compatible land uses and generate economic benefits to the airport operator and adjacent community. Under the pilot, up to four eligible public-use airports that have FAA-approved noise compatibility programs can apply to receive AIP grants. Participating airports can also submit PFC approval requests to fund allowable costs. More

Preparing Peak Period and Operational Profiles - Guidebook
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 82: Preparing Peak Period and Operational Profiles - Guidebook describes a process and includes software for converting annual airport activity forecasts into forecasts of daily or hourly peak period activity. The two Excel-based software modules are designed to help estimate current and future design day aircraft and passenger operation levels based on user-defined design day parameters. More

Guidelines for Preparing Peak Period and Operational Profiles
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Web-Only Document 14: Guidelines for Preparing Peak Period and Operational Profiles documents the research effort that produced ACRP Report 82: Preparing Peak Period and Operational Profiles - Guidebook, which describes a process and includes software for converting annual airport activity forecasts into forecasts of daily or hourly peak-period activity. More

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