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Airport Consulting Weekly
Nov. 4, 2010
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Air passenger screening draws new scrutiny
The Wall Street Journal    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This week's renewed global concern over how to ferret out dangerous air cargo comes as rhetoric also grows heated over another major area of airline safety, passenger screening. Friday's failed attempts to place sophisticated explosive devices onto passenger and cargo jets have added fuel to recent debates over procedures at passenger security points, increasing pressure on the U.S. and European Union to improve and simplify screening, industry officials say. At issue is the increasing complexity and variation of passenger-screening rules in the U.S. and EU. More

Domestic Airport News

The wave overcomes Oberstar
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Eighteen-term House Democrat James Oberstar of Minnesota has lost to Republican Chip Cravaack. Oberstar, chairman of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, was edged out of office by just more than 4,000 votes after surviving two GOP waves in his 25-year tenure, the first in the Reagan Era and the second in 1994. More

United, Delta gain Republican allies on outsourcing, antitrust
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United Continental Holdings Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc. are among U.S. carriers that will gain as Republicans use their new majority in the House to scrap proposals to limit the outsourcing of maintenance work and to subject global alliances to antitrust enforcement. More

Airlines may test do-it-yourself traveler bag tagging
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Get ready to add another "customer service" to the growing list of do-it-yourself tasks at airports. American Airlines(AMR) and Air Canada say they're in talks with the Transportation Security Administration for a trial program in Boston likely later this year to let travelers tag their own checked bags for the first time in the U.S. More

Report out on New York flight delays causes and nationwide effects
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The Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued their report on the causes and nationwide effects of flight delays at the principal New York area airports: Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark. The Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Aviation requested that OIG determine the principal causes of flights delays in the New York region and identify the corresponding effect of these delays nationwide. During the summer of 2007, these airports led the nation with more than 40 percent of arriving flights either delayed or cancelled. More

Southwest says AirTran deal can be home run
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Low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines Co said it expects to win over new customers and bring lower fares to unserved cities should its purchase of AirTran Holdings Inc. be completed. "This really has the opportunity financially to be a home run for our shareholders, our employees and customers," Southwest Executive Vice President of Strategy and Planning Bob Jordan said. More

JetBlue begins service from DC's Reagan Airport to Boston, Florida
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JetBlue Airways launched service Monday at Washington, D.C.'s Reagan National Airport with daily flights to Boston and Florida. JetBlue said it was running seven daily non-stop flights to Boston and one each to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Fla. The company said it had agreed with the airport authority to renovate Reagan National Airport's Terminal A. More

FAA awards $18 million environmental grant to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
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The Federal Aviation Administration announced the award of its largest Voluntary Airport Low Emission grant for an $18.3 million project at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to improve air quality and to reduce the use of conventional fuels at the airport. With the VALE grant, Sea-Tac will be able to install a centralized preconditioned air plant that will allow aircraft arriving at the gates to shut off their auxiliary power units and connect to a cleaner central heating and cooling system. This project will greatly reduce aircraft emissions on the ground. More

Southwest tells airports to keep costs under control
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Airport costs aren't the number one issue for airlines in deciding whether to start service at an airport. But they are important in determining how many flights can profitably operate at an airport. It's something of a guessing game until the airline actually starts service, but at that point they become even more important. In a business where margins are razor-thin, a couple of dollars increase in costs can make or break a flight More

International Airport News

Heathrow to penalize flights with empty seats
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Heathrow plans to hike charges for airlines flying older aircraft and those with empty seats. The airport is making the changes as part of a major overhaul of its airline charges designed to make it more competitive with its European rivals. A spokesman said the overall revenue from fees would stay the same but the structure was being reconfigured to reflect environmental issues. According to a report in the Financial Times, the airport will put up the minimum departure fee airlines pay from £220 to £1,000. More

Israel boosts airport security in wake of al-Qaida plots
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The Israel Airports Authority (IAA) has made improvements to its security arrangements at Ben-Gurion Airport since the discovery last weekend of a number of sophisticated bombs aboard planes on their way to the United States. Security officials told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) had conducted drills to train airport security for similar scenarios in recent months. “We check and review ourselves after every incident that takes place around the world,” said a top security official involved in planning airport security in Israel. More

Boeing forecasts 4,330 new aircraft in China in next 20 years
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Boeing has forecast that China will require 4,330 new commercial aircraft worth $480 billion over the next 20 years. More fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft will make up the majority of new deliveries, accounting for about 71 percent, says the airframer. "China is one of the world's fastest growing and dynamic aviation markets, driven by the urbanization of China, the growth of its economy and an ever increasing personal wealth," says Randy Tinseth, Boeing's vice president of marketing. More

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ACC News

TSA TSNM and ACC discuss security issues
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Early this week TSA and ACC met to discuss airport security hardware and software recapitalization, procurement practices, equipment testing schedules, security access, biometrics and the ongoing update of TSA documents. Paul Leyh, TSA General Manager of the Transportation Sector Network Management (TSNM), Commercial Aviation and Chris Runde, also with TSNM, met with 2011 ACC Safety & Security Committee Chair Ann Barry with Ross & Baruzzini, Inc. and Vice Chair Cheryl Vauk with Productive Solutions, Charles Chambers with Priva Technologies, Inc. and ACC President Paula Hochstetler. Plans are in place to continue the dialogue. More

ACC welcomes new associate members
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TSA to phase in new pat-down procedures at airports nationwide
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Airline passengers can expect to see as well as feel new pat-down procedures at U.S. airports over the coming weeks in an effort to provide another layer of security for travelers, the Transportation Security Administration said last week. "Pat-downs are one important tool to help TSA detect hidden and dangerous items such as explosives," according to a TSA statement sent to CNN. The TSA said passengers should continue to expect "an unpredictable mix of security layers that include explosives trace detection, advanced imaging technology, canine teams, among others." More

Survey of procurement standards for airport contracting
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has issued a request for proposals to produce an easy-to-use compendium of procurement requirements applicable to airport contracting. The compendium should address contracts receiving financial support through the Airport Improvement Program as well as the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act and state procurement requirements that would apply whether or not federal funds are involved. Proposals are due Dec. 7. More

Guidebook informs nation's smaller airports: ACRP impacts on practice
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In February 2010, TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) released ACRP Report 16: Guidebook for Managing Small Airports, which is designed to help operators and managers of small airports find resources and identify techniques that they may apply to meet their responsibilities. Since its release, the report has quickly become a valuable reference on the myriad of responsibilities and challenges that the nation's small airport operators and managers face every day. ACRP's first issue of its new Impacts on Practice series highlights the value of ACRP Report 16 to airports, their communities and the traveling public. More

FAA approves preliminary application for airport privatization
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has completed its review of Hendry County and Airglades Airport's preliminary application for participation in the airport privatization pilot program received under 49 U.S.C. Section 47134. Hendry County, the airport sponsor, may select a private operator, negotiate an agreement and submit a final application to the FAA for exemption under the pilot program. More

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