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Airlines to Congress: 'Stop looking at us as a cash cow'
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The airline industry warned Congress against heaping new taxes on them, saying transport and tourism are too important to the U.S. economy to be hamstrung with higher taxes or more regulation. "We need government to stop looking at us as a cash cow and look at us as an economic engine," says Douglas Lavin, the International Air Transport Association's vice president for North America. More

Domestic Airport News

LaHood, Senate committee hammer 'lousy' EU airline emission trading rules
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and a panel of lawmakers took turns hammering a proposed requirement that airlines operating in European countries trade emissions. Appearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, LaHood said the proposed European Union emission trading system was a "lousy, bad policy." More

Trends in facility design
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Jonathan Massey, principle at Corgan Associates, is an aviation architect and planner with more than 19 years of experience in the development and production of aviation-related facilities. In addition to terminal design, Massey has worked extensively in the area of terminal modernization, renovation, and expansion in active operational environments; he holds two degrees in architecture and is LEED-Accredited. More

Colorado airports receive $15.6 million for infrastructure improvement
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Seventeen airports in Colorado are receiving $15.6 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation for infrastructure improvements, including the construction of a new terminal in Grand Junction. The largest award - $4.05 million - went to the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Jefferson County. The money is being used to improve the runway safety area and is the second phase of a multi-phase project. More

Stewart International Airport upgrade approved as Port Authority aims to increase passenger traffic
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A $143 million upgrade of Stewart International Airport was approved, a project aimed at increasing passenger traffic at the facility about 60 miles north of New York City. The airport handles only a tiny fraction of the region's passenger traffic. But the upgrade continues a plan by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to make Stewart more attractive to fliers and carriers. More

Port Authority approves 145,000-square-foot JetBlue expansion at JFK Airport
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The agency that runs New York's airports has approved an expansion plan for JetBlue Airways that will add 145,000 square feet of space at JFK Airport. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's Board of Commissioners approved the expansion plans. The agency said JetBlue will invest more than $200 million to expand Terminal 5 at JFK by creating a new international arrivals area. More

Arkansas airports land federal funding for improvements
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Some smaller Arkansas airports have landed federal funding to make improvements to their facilities. Five of them will receive a combined $1,644,504 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants that will also pay for new construction. U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, Steve Womack, and Mike Ross announced the funding. More

John Wayne Airport adds flights to Mexico, Canada
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It began as the most modest of airports - passengers trudged across the tarmac to climb aboard departing jets, a double-wide served as a terminal and on weekends, drag races were held in the parking lots. And even as John Wayne Airport grew into a larger regional transit hub, offering scores of flights each day since the late 1960s, its growth was stunted by its short runways and a cap on how many passengers could pass through the terminal gates. More

TSA disciplines 43 screeners over lax security
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Five Transportation Security Administration workers at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, Fla., have been fired and another 38 suspended after an internal investigation found they failed to perform random screenings last year. The 43, a combination of front-line screeners and supervisors, represent about 15 percent of the roughly 280 TSA employees at the airport. The number of workers involved makes it one of the largest disciplinary actions TSA has taken in its 10-year history, TSA spokesman David Castelveter confirmed. More

International Airport News

Liquids ban should not be lifted next year, say UK airports
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A European ban on airline passengers carrying liquids in hand luggage should not be lifted as planned next year, British airport operators have warned, because a relaxation will trigger "chaos" in terminals. Brussels has set a deadline of April 2013 to scrap regulations that have become the bane of air travelers around the world, limiting liquids in carry-on luggage to containers no larger than 100ml. More

US and European Union agree on air cargo security
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The United States and the European Union were expected to announce an agreement to recognize each other's air cargo security procedures, putting an end to a costly duplication of security controls on the more than $130 billion in airfreight that crosses the Atlantic from Europe each year. More

US, Canada agree on air cargo screening
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U.S. and Canadian transportation officials agreed to eliminate border re-screening of air cargo on passenger aircraft traveling between the two countries. James Nealon, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy, on behalf of Transportation Security Administration administrator John Pistole, and Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced the two countries would mutually recognize and cooperate on each other's air cargo security. More

ACC News

Emily VanderBush departs ACC
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On June 1, 2012, Emily VanderBush, ACC's Coordinator of Marketing & Membership, departed ACC to pursue a graduate degree. We are most grateful for the many contributions that Emily made during her tenure with our organization and wish her the very best. If you would like to reach out to Emily to wish her well, please contact Colleen Flood, ACC's new Coordinator of Marketing & Member Services, who would be happy to provide you with Emily’s contact information.

ACC meets with ICAO, IATA and ACI world leadership
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ACC Board of Directors member Mike Arnold with ESA Airports and ACC President Paula Hochstetler met with the senior leadership of the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO), International Air Traffic Association (IATA) and Airports Council International World to discuss issues of common interest and concern. The U.S. Ambassador to ICAO, Duane Woerth, and the Director General of ACI World, Angela Gittens were among those who agreed to various collaborations with the ACC on matters such as airport security, the updating of international standards and guidelines, and the global implications of NextGen and SESAR. For information concerning the ACC's next steps relating to these visits, contact either Mike Arnold at or Paula Hochstetler at

ACC welcomes new member
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Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) is an award winning design firm providing architecture, interior design and planning services to airports and airlines around the world. SCB's focus is the creation of high-quality sustainable environments that enhance productivity and maximize efficiency for our clients.


FAA promises to do more homework for future realignment decisions
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The Federal Aviation Administration is preparing for a large-scale realignment of hundreds of air traffic control facilities between now and the 2030s. Meanwhile, a new inspector general audit finds the agency has made past consolidation decisions without developing enough data to determine whether they'll save money. More


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