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In absence of fiscal cliff deal, lawmakers turn attention to airports
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lawmakers awaiting a deal on how to avert a series of tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect early next month are biding their time by sorting out some issues at the nation's airports. The House gave final passage to the No-Hassle Flying Act, a bill allowing the Transportation Security Administration to use more discretion in screening checked baggage arriving in the United States from certain international airports. More

Domestic Airport News

10 airports you won't want to leave
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It's nice to get where you're going, but sometimes, it's even better to be delayed. Whether offering movie theaters, nature trails, golf courses or world-class art museums, today's airports are making it almost desirable, to be stuck at the airport. More

Fixing US air traffic dysfunction seen in example
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Twenty years ago, Canada's air-traffic system used outdated equipment and was choking with flight delays. Since then, the organization set up to control the nation's airspace shuttered radar rooms and towers, cut the workforce and created a market for its technology. The turnaround was triggered by the government's decision in 1996 to turn the agency into a nonprofit corporation, backed by flight fees and insulated from political interference, according to John Crichton, president and chief executive officer of NAV CANADA. More

Airports adopt radar for ground vehicles
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After a close call between a construction company pickup truck and a just-airborne passenger jet, Logan airport in Boston has become the first to equip its trucks and snow plows with next-generation aircraft transponders so that the ground vehicles show up on air-traffic control ground radar displays. More

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Delta says regional jet purchase will 'pay for itself' within 3 years
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Delta Air Lines believes it will improve its net debt in the deal to acquire 40 76-seat Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft and return 60 of its 50-seat CRJ200 jets to the manufacturer, airline executives say. Delta has not yet decided whether the net result from the deal will go on the balance sheet of Delta or its regional partners, or whether to lease or own the new jets. More

Light rail plan for Los Angeles International Airport advances
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Plans to build a light rail connection to Los Angeles International Airport advanced with the unveiling of four potential station sites that would link to a people mover serving passenger terminals. After years of pursuing separate transportation plans for LAX, Los Angeles World Airports and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority now are working together to develop options for a rail stop that could tie the Green Line and the planned Crenshaw Line to the nation's third-busiest airport. More

A new tool helps airports track disease
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The next time an illness like SARS threatens to sicken large numbers of people around the world, airports may have a new tool to help them prevent a pandemic. Transportation officials and public health experts are pilot testing a website that calculates the risk that passengers coming off any given flight are carrying an emerging infectious disease. More

Bag tags, iris scan could soon come to US airports
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Just days before Christmas, Reagan National Airport is already teeming with travelers. For frequent fliers, the question isn't if they'll wait - it's how long? "Saving time is important, but consistency is probably more important. I need to know what to expect when I get to the airport," said John McMahon, a frequent flier and resident of Minnesota. More

Electronic pulltabs coming to Twin Cities Airport
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Air travelers will soon be able to play electronic pulltabs at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The Metropolitan Airports Commission approved installing electronic pulltabs at airport bars. Minneapolis-based Express Games MN was selected as the first distributor to offer electronic pulltabs at the airport. More

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FlySmart, GateGuru track flights, navigate airport amenities
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If your flight leaves from an unfamiliar airport, several mobile apps can get you up to date quickly on the restaurants, shops and services near your gate. Among them are two updated free apps for smartphones: GateGuru and FlySmart. Both track flights and have information on airport amenities. More

Philadelphia offers airport expansion plan saving homes
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The city has presented an alternative proposal for expanding Philadelphia International Airport that would save 72 houses in Tinicum Township and relocate United Parcel Service from along the Delaware to a spot in Cargo City farther from residential neighbors. Mayor Nutter met with key airport stakeholders, including US Airways Group, UPS, and Delaware County officials, to discuss a plan aimed at saving the homes and 10 businesses, and moving UPS's large airfreight operation close to International Terminal A and nearly a mile from any homes. More

A quest for speedier and smarter airport security
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As 15 million people in the United States head to airports this holiday season - slightly fewer than last year - some travelers will find welcome changes to security screening procedures. The Transportation Security Administration has expanded its PreCheck trusted traveler program to 35 airports, allowing members who have been deemed low risk to keep shoes, jackets and belts on. More

Los Angeles airport commissioners set terms for moving forward with sale of Ontario airport
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Los Angeles airport authorities have laid out their conditions for agreeing to sell Ontario International Airport. Los Angeles' Board of Airport Commissioners has given its staff until April to try to negotiate a letter of intent with Ontario's new airport authority. That would be the first step in a process that would lead to a sale. More

International Airport News

Air cargo slowdown puts squeeze on specialist carriers
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Dedicated air-freight operators are struggling to remain viable as a sluggish economy undermines their ability to compete with the cargo space on offer from carriers focused on the more buoyant passenger market. Companies such as Cargolux Airlines International SA, Europe's top freight-only carrier, are reviewing their business models, while Deutsche Lufthansa AG, which runs a cargo-only unit alongside its passenger routes, has idled planes. More

Cardiff Airport's history from Spitfires to jumbo jets
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Cardiff Airport is set to land back in the hands of the public sector in the latest chapter of more than 80 years of aviation for the Welsh capital. The Welsh government has announced that it plans to buy the airport from TBI, which is now owned mainly by the Spanish company Abertis. More

Vinci makes top bid for Portugal Airport Group
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Vinci has bid €3 billion (US$3.95 billion) for control of Portuguese airport operator ANA, the highest offer among the four groups competing in the auction, sources familiar with the transaction said. Portugal is expected to pick the new owner by the end of the year, with price the main criteria, the sources said. More

Biometric passport gates now operating at Oslo's Gardermoen Airport    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gardermoen Airport in Oslo, Norway, has begun processing international travelers' passports through the use of a self-service biometric passport control system. According to, processing with the EasyPASS gate started with travelers over the age of 18 using the system. More

Dubai's dnata boosts UK airport operations
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Dubai-based air services provider dnata announced it was starting operations for two carriers who have recently entered the U.K. aviation market. The company said in a statement that its U.K. operations were going "from strength to strength," adding that more new contracts would be announced in the New Year. More

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Evaluating Airfield Capacity
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 79: Evaluating Airfield Capacity is designed to assist airport planners with airfield and airspace capacity evaluations at a wide range of airports. The report describes available methods to evaluate existing and future airfield capacity; provides guidance on selecting an appropriate capacity analysis method; offers best practices in assessing airfield capacity and applying modeling techniques; and outlines specifications for new models, tools, and enhancements. More

FAA updates VALE program brochure
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VALE brochure tells airport sponsors how to use technology to improve air quality on airports. More

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