Airport Consulting Weekly
September 10, 2009

U.S. Airlines' Cut in Seats to Be Deepest Since 1942
Delta Air Lines Inc. and the other big U.S. carriers are poised to make more cuts in available seats as the summer travel season ends this weekend, capping the industry's deepest retrenchment since World War II.More

Airlines Take Precautions to Protect Fliers from Swine Flu
USA Today
Airlines say they're preparing for the return of swine flu this fall but stop short of declaring they'll bar passengers with symptoms from planes or give refunds for trips canceled because of the illness.More

Bill Seeks $2.50 Increase in Passenger Fee at Airports
The Chicago Sun-Times
A bill currently pending before a U.S. Senate committee could hold a key to funding the next phase of the city's massive O'Hare Airport expansion. The bill -- the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2009 -- contains a clause that increases the fee passengers pay for airports. It has already been passed by the House.More

A Better Way to Pick Up Airline Passengers
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Oh, Philly: So much angst over picking up passengers arriving at the airport! Those tickets for idling on I-95 shoulders and ramps that police started handing out this week after years of an admittedly ineffective "move-it-along" policy. The getting lost while trying to find the PennDot park-and-ride area on Bartram Avenue, which poses as a surrogate airport cell-phone lot. And all those unhelpful signs.More

Metro Seeks to Woo Airlines with Incentives
The Detroit News
Detroit Metropolitan Airport wants to offer airlines an incentive to start new service to southeastern Michigan. The Wayne County Airport Authority board will vote on a proposal to drastically reduce landing fees for airlines that launch new routes to Metro Airport and keep them running for at least a year.More

Fragile Air Traffic Recovery Under Way
A recovery in air traffic is under way, according to latest data from a global industry body, in another sign the world economy is clawing its way out of recession. But the recovery will be "volatile and weak", the International Air Transport Association said on Thursday, indicating the turbulence that has buffeted an industry facing another year of multi-billion dollar losses is not at an end.More

Drop in European Airport Traffic Eases in July
European airline passenger and freight traffic dropped much less sharply year-on-year in July than in the first half of 2009, airports body ACI Europe said after a survey of 106 airports. Passenger traffic at European airports fell 4.3 percent compared to July 2008, versus an average 9.6 percent drop during the preceding six months of this year. More

4th Annual ACC/AAAE Conference on Information Technology & Systems at Airports
The 4th Annual ACC/AAAE Conference on Information Technology & Systems at Airports will be held Oct. 25-27 in Miami. The IT&S Conference continues to gain popularity as a platform for airport chief information officers and expert consultants to discuss the latest trends and developments in airport IT applications.More

FAA Announces Plan to Enhance Safety for New York Airspace
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is planning to modify the airspace over the Hudson River by revising procedures to create safe, dedicated operating corridors for all the aircraft that fly at lower altitudes around Manhattan.More

TSA Implementing New Enhanced Threat Detection Capability at Checkpoints Nationwide
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it is further bolstering existing explosives detection capabilities by deploying additional tools to screen powdered substances at checkpoints.More

FAA Issues PGL on Oversight of ARRA Grants
The FAA has issued a new Program Guidance Letter concerning the oversight/inspection of construction projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). More