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As airlines raise fees instead of fares, taxpayers pick up the tab
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For those who fly, the squeeze has become the way to beat the system. "We take the maximum amount on board and squeeze it in," said Susan Williams, explaining how she and her family avoid baggage fees on flights from Reagan National Airport. More

Domestic Airport News

DHS seeking scanner to check liquids
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Airport security gets slippery when wet. The X-ray machine that scans your small plastic bag of carry-on liquids isn't actually testing the Ziploc for explosives. Neither is the Transportation Security Administration agent who swabs down the bag, seemingly as an extra precaution. But the Department of Homeland Security wants to change all that with an ambitious new program - one that might be promising more than it can deliver. More

Hawaii details $600 million plan for upgrades at Honolulu International Airport
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The Hawaii Department of Transportation has released a draft environmental assessment detailing its $600 million plan for modernizing Honolulu International Airport. According to the document filed with the Hawaii Office of Environmental Quality Control, the work includes building a mauka concourse, demolishing the existing commuter terminal that houses the smaller interisland airlines, widening a few taxiways, relocating cargo and maintenance facilities and building a replacement cargo facility. More

D/FW Airport reopens mothballed satellite at Terminal E
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Spirit Airlines began operating flights out the Terminal E satellite terminal at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the first time in more than seven years that that facility has seen regular commercial service. The terminal opened in 1988 as part of Delta Air Lines' efforts to gain some ground against its larger competitor, American Airlines. Rather than build an entire new terminal, the airport constructed the remote facility, attached to Terminal E by a pedestrian tunnel. More

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Midsize markets suffer airline neglect
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Joe Sharkey writes, "'You can’t get there from here' is an old joke. But after my experience trying to get from Tucson to Houston on short notice over the weekend, I'm not laughing. I learned that I had to be in Houston for business before 3 p.m. on Sunday. Hey, no problem, I thought as I went online to look for flights." More

Flaw seen in TSA boarding-pass security
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Widely available smartphone applications can scan airline boarding passes to see if passengers are scheduled for additional screening by the Transportation Security Administration, which a security expert flags as a flaw in the system. More

Waxman calls on FAA to speed up use of unleaded fuel for general aviation
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Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., asked the Federal Aviation Administration to reduce lead emissions from general aviation planes more quickly by stepping up requirements for using unleaded fuels. Waxman said these planes, which make up a significant portion of U.S. flights and include everything from small planes to corporate jets, have been exempt from Environmental Protection Agency rules on leaded fuel. More

Layoffs, service cuts planned at Lehigh Valley airport
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Faced with declining passengers and high debt, Lehigh Valley International Airport will be laying off workers and cutting back services to balance its 2013 budget. Gone will be at least 10 percent of its 110-member full-time staff and some services will be eliminated, including a complimentary bus that shuttles luggage-carrying people to their cars. More

Terminal A is the likely destination of the new KCI
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Terminal A is looming ever larger as the location if Kansas City builds a new airport. Aviation Director Mark VanLoh said that planners are increasingly convinced that tearing down Terminal A and replacing it with a single, all-in-one terminal is the best option. More

Benefits of Maine's small airports come with high federal costs
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On a crisp autumn day, the blue skies above Belfast were dotted by small airplanes that looked like mere toys when seen from the ground below. Those planes land and take off from Belfast Municipal Airport, a small, city-owned facility that is home to a flight school and charter service and 24 hangars that house privately owned planes. More

Increasing cargo at Detroit Metro, Willow Run airports is short-term priority
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The scandal surrounding former Detroit Metropolitan Airport CEO Turkia Mullin is in the past, and now new CEO Tom Naughton wants to focus on ways to get more passengers moving through Wayne County's two airports. And it doesn't matter that a lot of those passengers won't be parking cars or removing their shoes to pass through security checkpoints. More

Boeing begins assembly work on stretched Dreamliner jet
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Boeing Co. said work has begun on the new 787-9 jet, a stretched version of the 787-8 Dreamliner, as Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. (7012) began installing door frames in part of the fuselage. Final assembly will be completed next year at Boeing's main wide-body jet plant in Everett, Wash., Randy Tinseth, the planemaker's marketing chief, said in a blog post on the company website. More

Port Columbus to get $80 million upgrade
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Port Columbus' ticket lobby, baggage-claim area and three concourses will get an $80 million makeover, an effort aimed at keeping the 55-year-old terminal functional for at least 20 more years. Airport officials made the announcement of the three-year project, saying it will begin next month with work on Concourse A. More

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Port Authority considers adding high-speed taxiways to Newark, NJ, airport
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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will consider a $34 million project to add two high-speed taxiways at Newark Liberty International Airport, the nation's most delayed hub. The project is a resurfacing of Taxiway P, a 10,500-foot-long strip that runs along the airport's north-south runway, parallel to the New Jersey Turnpike. More

Amtrak high-speed rail to compete with airlines
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn boarded an Amtrak train heading from Joliet to Bloomington. The trip is meant to showcase part of the state's new high-speed rail line which will eventually run all the way to St. Louis. Amtrak hopes the new faster service will lure travelers away from other means of transport, like airlines. More

International Airport News

Europe's airports get prepared for takeoff
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Europe's listed airports have generally flown under the radar of investors, but cheap-looking stocks and growing retail revenue streams are changing opinions about this area of aviation. Many airports have completed expansion programs, leaving them with more cash. And even as traffic growth slows and airlines cut capacity, improvements to the shopping and other facilities passengers find after going through security are tempting them to spend more. More

UK needs airport capacity to avoid catastrophe
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The chief executive of Qatar Airways said Britain needs to take urgent action to increase airport capacity in London and the south east of England to avoid a "catastrophic situation" for the country's economy. Akbar Al Baker voiced his support for the construction of a third runway at London's Heathrow hub and said Britain could not afford to wait the 20 years it would take to build a new four-runway hub airport in the Thames Estuary - a project supported by London Mayor Boris Johnson. More

Stansted Airport trials new security body scanner
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Body scanning of some passengers is to be trialed by Stansted Airport in a bid to improve security. The technology aims to detect any concealed threats or contraband. It will alert staff at the Essex airport through an image which appears as a mannequin-like figure on a screen. More

ACC News

Last chance to pre-register for the 34th ACC Annual Conference & Exposition in Florida!
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There is just one final week left to pre-register for the 34th ACC Annual Conference and Exposition. The Annual Conference will be held Nov. 5-7, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla. Register with the Hyatt Regency at the link on the conference homepage by Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 in order to receive special ACC block rates. Reservations made after this date will be at prevailing rates on a space available basis. Under the theme of "Post Recession Flight Plan," conference topics will include expanding your partnerships; exploring the impacts of the 2012 election results to aviation; evaluating the latest emerging international trends; and deciphering the consequences of various airport funding scenarios. The conference will also feature the Awards Luncheon, where ACI-World Director General Angela Gittens will be honored with the ACC Aviation Award of Excellence for her leadership and advocacy within the airport sector. Join us in Florida to explore the latest issues affecting airport development. More

'See Your World' at the 2012 ACC Global Business Summit
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Join us Dec. 3-4 in Washington, DC to gain valuable insight into the global aviation market. This conference - designed for airport development experts new to the international aviation sector as well as experienced professionals - will prepare you for entering international projects and provide you with the tools to succeed once there. Session topics will address the current status of global markets, alternative financing, teaming, cultural pitfalls and more. More

Free ACC Lunch + Learn Webinar: Airport Drainage: Pitfalls and Solutions from F.O.D. to Hydraulics
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Watch this free webinar to learn different drainage scenarios as it relates to airports, both landside as well as airside. The presentation will focus on loads, hydraulics and F.O.D. issues and possible solutions. Sponsored by Gatic Slotdrain. More

ACC welcomes new member
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TSA action against employees at Newark Star-Liberty International Airport for failure to properly conduct screening procedures
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In a statement, TSA said, "TSA holds all of its employees to the highest professional and ethical standards and has a zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace." More

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