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Japan, China Agree To Boost Aviation Links. China and Japan agreed on Thursday to boost the number of flights between the countries in the latest move to improve ties between them. Jul 13, 2006

Foreign firms expected to lead bidding for Midway. Foreign bidders are expected to dominate the sale of Chicago's Midway airport next year. "We are seeing interest from more than the usual four or five [companies] -- the British, Australian, Singaporean, Germans and the Spanish," Chicago Chief Financial Officer Dana Levenson says. "But there are others starting to come out of the woodwork." Chicago hopes the long-term lease of the airport will help close a wide budget gap.

Jul 12, 2006

DOT may end IATA antitrust immunity; IATA disappointed. A Transportation Department proposal would eliminate the airlines' ability to collaborate on setting prices for international fares. IATA calls the DOT action "disappointing." DOT officials say such price setting, which has existed for five decades, fosters anti-competitive, anti-consumer business practices. The change, however, is not expected to affect domestic U.S. fares. Jul 11, 2006

Norman Mineta, the former US transportation secretary who ended a 5.5-year tenure last week, will join communications consultancy Hill & Knowlton as vice chairman effective July 24. He will be based in Washington. Jul 11, 2006

EU Not Investigating Ryanair Pricing. The European Commission is studying the need for new rules to govern airline ticket pricing but is not investigating Ryanair or other carriers for false advertising, a spokesman for the EU executive said on Monday. Jul 10, 2006

Groups disagree on how to fund air traffic control system. Disagreements over how to fund the U.S. air traffic control system are growing among large airlines, regional airlines and general aviation interests. The Air Transport Association supports a user fee system that does not take aircraft weight into account. Jul 10, 2006

Lobbyist emerges as top U.S. transportation secretary candidate. Trucking industry lobbyist Bill Graves, a former Kansas governor, is a strong candidate in the race to replace Norman Mineta as U.S. transportation secretary, according to government and industry sources. Mineta said in an interview with Traffic World magazine that he favored his deputy Maria Cino as his successor. Federal Aviation Administration administrator Marion Blakey is also a contender. Jul 10, 2006

Mineta calls rejecting foreign investment 'pure folly' in farewell address. Outgoing US Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said the US government must push forward with its proposal to allow increased involvement in US airlines by foreign investors even though Congress has shown little appetite for change. Jul 10, 2006
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