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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Airport Business News North America) Jan 8, 2012

American Airlines AMR bankruptcy could lead to outsourcing for American. Columnist Bill McGee says the bankruptcy filing of AMR Corp. could result in outsourcing maintenance work for American Airlines. "For years, American has been bucking an industry trend by continuing to perform nearly all aircraft maintenance in-house. But now all that could change," he writes. Jan 5, 2012

American Airlines American Eagle Airlines Reports December Traffic. American Eagle reported a December traffic increase of 8.8 percent year-over-year as capacity increased 9.0 percent. December load factor was 72.2 percent, a decrease of 0.2 points compared to the same period last year. American Eagle boarded more than 1.6 million passengers in December. Jan 5, 2012

American Airlines American Airlines Reports December Traffic. American Airlines reported a December load factor of 80.8 percent, an increase of 0.2 points versus the same period last year. Capacity was lower by 1.2 percent, while traffic was lower 0.9 percent year-over-year. International traffic increased 3.7 percent relative to last year as capacity increased 3.4 percent, resulting in an increase in international load factor of 0.2 points versus December of last year. Domestic load factor was 81.1 percent, an increase of 0.2 points year-over-year. Domestic capacity and traffic were lower by 4.2 and 3.9 percent year-over-year respectively. American boarded 7.0 million passengers in December. Jan 5, 2012

American Airlines, LAN Ecuador American Airlines and LAN Ecuador announce codeshare agreement. American Airlines and LAN Ecuador announced today they have received approval from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and Ecuadorean authorities for authorization to begin codeshare cooperation. The agreement, which will also strengthen the oneworld[umlaut] alliance, will provide customers of both airlines more choices and greater connectivity when traveling between the United States and Ecuador and across each airline's global network. Sales start today and travel begins Jan. 9. This codeshare relationship will allow American to place its code on LAN Ecuador flights, and LAN to place its code on American Airlines flights. The placement of American's code on LAN Ecuador flights will provide American's customers seamless connecting service to three new cities in Ecuador not currently served by American. At the same time, placing LAN Ecuador codes on American Airlines flights will offer LAN customers new destinations in the U.S. such as Atlanta, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte, N.C., Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. American will codeshare on the following LAN Ecuador flights: International flights between: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) in Guayaquil Miami International Airport (MIA) and Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) Miami International Airport (MIA) and Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito Domestic flights within Ecuador between the following destinations: Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) and Baltra Airport (GPS) Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) and Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) and Baltra Airport (GPS) Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) and Cuenca Airport (CUE) Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) and San Cristobal Airport (SCY) LAN Ecuador will codeshare on the following American flights: International flights between: Miami International Airport (MIA) and Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport (GYE) Miami International Airport (MIA) and Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) Connecting service between: Miami International Airport (MIA) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) "By strengthening and broadening our relationship with oneworld partner LAN, we are able to offer our customers more travel options and are better positioned to deliver enhanced benefits across our respective networks," said Kenji Hashimoto, American's Vice President [ETH] Strategic Alliances. "This agreement will improve connectivity between the two countries with access to more destinations by providing flight connections and therefore promoting trade and tourism," said Maximiliano Naranjo, LAN Ecuador's General Manager. Additionally, members of the American Airlines AAdvantage[umlaut] program and LAN's frequent flyer program, LANPASS, will be able to earn miles on the codeshare flights, providing customers another benefit of the enhanced relationship. The two airlines are exploring other ways to augment their cooperation to provide passengers more choices and benefits when traveling throughout North and South America. Jan 5, 2012

Cape Town International Airport Positive upswing reported from Cape Town tourism. The Cape Town tourism sector is reporting a marked improvement in traffic at restaurants, shops, and attractions for the month of December, and the accommodation sector is also reporting a positive holiday upswing. Following a mid-December poll of Cape Town Tourism members, where over half of respondents expected a marginally better summer season this year (when compared with that of summer 2010-2011), tourism numbers seem to be improving beyond what was initially anticipated, and there is every indication that Cape Town has seen the start of a very positive peak season. Actual statistics across the board are not yet available, but Cape Town International Airport reported an earlier start to the season this year with a 14 percent increase in international arrivals compared with November 2010. An 11.7 percent increase was felt in regional arrivals, and a 3.6 percent increase was noticed in domestic arrivals during November 2011. January and February are traditionally peak months for international arrivals, and a steady year-on-year increase in international tourists is expected, too. Major Cape Town attractions reported a noticeable increase in international and national tourists during December, but the majority of the visitors hailed from Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Eastern Cape. Last-minute bookings also picked up sharply during this time. The V&A Waterfront recorded more than 3 million visitors during December, Table Mountain Aerial Cableway saw more than 100,000 visitors throughout the past month, and the City Sightseeing Bus reported a busy festive season with their famous red top busses running at full capacity during December. Due to increased supply in the accommodation sector, some Cape Town hotels were not running at full capacity, however, many accommodation establishments on the Atlantic Seaboard, particularly in Camps Bay, as well as in the city center were booked to capacity between Christmas and New Year. Travelers visiting friends and relatives often stay with them in private accommodation [ETH] explaining the marked increase in arrivals by road. In addition, all rental cars in Cape Town were booked between December 20-31, 2011. While improvements in occupancy were shared by a range of accommodation establishments and attractions, it is evident that budget travel is becoming increasingly important. It is imperative that establishments and tourism businesses price according to their respective target markets, provide excellent service to all visitors and offer value-added services that leave visitors feeling that their money was well spent. Now, more than ever before, travelers are prepared to shop around for good deals and are taking heed of online user-generated tools, such as Tripadvisor, when plotting stays and experiences. Cape Town was named TripadvisorOs number one destination in 2011 and, having been rewarded with accolades such as World Design Capital 2014 and the naming of Table Mountain as one of the New7Wonders of the Nature, the OMother CityO is already enjoying a high level of exposure. It is essential that Cape Town uses these awards to build on the domestic and international marketing of the city. Communications Manager at Cape Town Tourism, Skye Grove, commented: OOn the back of one of the worst winters in a decade, Cape TownOs tourism industry is by no means out of the woods, yet the industryOs positive feedback on December is very encouraging. We have had some good weather, which plays an important role in dispersing visitors across the Peninsula and greater Metropole as they seek beaches and nature reserves. OWhatOs even more encouraging is to note that major attractions such as Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, the V&A Waterfront, and the City Sightseeing Bus report a noteworthy number of Capetonians being tourists in their own city, who are contributing meaningfully to tourism spend over the festive season. It is essential that our own citizens enjoy their city as much as visitors do.O Councillor Grant Pascoe, Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events, and Marketing, points out that: OTourism is a major contributor to the countryOs economy, and its low barrier to entry and diverse skills set provides excellent opportunities for entrepreneurs and SMMEs. Cape Town is focused on attracting more domestic visitors and visitors from new markets to boost our long-standing relationships with our key source markets.O Jan 6, 2012

CareerBuilder Survey: Job market won't change much this year. Hiring will remain fairly steady this year as 23% of human resources professionals surveyed by CareerBuilder say they're planning to add full-time staff, compared with 24% who said the same for last year. The percentage of hiring professionals saying they plan to cut staff remained at 7%, the survey showed. Jan 4, 2012

Concord Regional Airport North Carolina airport receives USD5.46 million grant. Concord Regional Airport in North Carolina has received a grant for USD5.46 million for improvements. "Concord Regional Airport is one of our stateOs busiest general-aviation facilities," said Richard Walls, director of aviation for the state. "The project will allow the airport to further expand its operations and better serve this region." Jan 5, 2012

Delta Air Lines Delta Air Lines Reports December Traffic. Delta Air Lines today reported traffic results for December 2011. System load factor increased 0.8 points to 80.9 percent, as traffic declined 2.3 percent on 3.3 percent lower capacity year over year. Domestic load factor was 80.7 percent up 1.1 points from prior year. Domestic traffic declined 1.4 percent on a 2.7 percent decrease in capacity. International load factor was 81.2 percent, up 0.5 points from prior year. International traffic declined 3.6 percent on a 4.3 percent decrease in capacity. Jan 5, 2012

Emirates Airlines Emirates Airlines Adds U.S. Routes from DFW, Seattle. Emirates Airlines is boosting its U.S. service with the launch of nonstop flights from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Seattle (SEA) to Dubai, linking customers in Texas and the Pacific Northwest to its extensive network of more than 100 destinations worldwide. In addition, tour operators will receive special rates when booking Emirates as part of a luxury vacation in Africa, the Middle East, the Indian Ocean and beyond. "Emirates understands the lengths taken by tour operators, particularly at the luxury end of the market, to provide a definitive travel experience for their customers," said Steve Hargin, Emirates' leisure sales manager -- USA. Jan 5, 2012

Federal Aviation Administration, Natchez-Adams County Airport Mississippi airport installs energy-efficient lighting. Natchez-Adams County Airport in Mississippi has installed LED lights on its airport runway. The airport received funding from the Federal Aviation Administration to install the energy-efficient lights. "This LED system was just approved by the FAA for use, so we are one of the early airports to use it," airport Manager Clint Pomeroy said. Jan 5, 2012

Federal Aviation Administration, NextGen NextGen could be in for bumpy ride in 2012. The outlook for the Next Generation Air Transportation System is "unsettled" for 2012, this feature says. The resignation of Randy Babbitt from the Federal Aviation Administration and Henry Krakowski from the Air Traffic Organization may complicate NextGen's future, it says. Jan 5, 2012

Harris Poll Two in five Americans feel less secure financially in 2012. As the New Year dawns, it is a time when many look to the upcoming months full of optimism and hope. Unfortunately, when it comes to economic expectations this optimism may not be felt this year. When asked to compare to last year, just 14% of Americans say they feel more secure about their financial situation while two in five (41%) say they feel less secure and 41% say they feel the same as last year. At the end of 2010, one in five U.S. adults (19%) said they felt more secure while 42% felt less secure; 36% felt the same as the previous year. These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,237 adults surveyed online between December 5 and 12, 2011 by Harris Interactive. As this is an election year, it's interesting to see how these feelings of security, or lack of it, break down by political party. Over half of Republicans (55%) say they feel less secure while 7% say they feel more secure. Democrats are slightly more optimistic about what the current year will hold as one in five (20%) feel more secure and 28% feel less secure; half (49%) of Democrats feel the same as last year. For Independents, over two in five (43%) feel less secure and 14% feel more secure. A look at household finances One in five Americans (19%) ended 2011 saying they expected their household's financial condition to be better in the next six months, half (53%) believe it will remain the same and 28% believe it will be worse. Last January, as 2011 dawned, over one-quarter (27%) believed their household's financial situation would be better in the coming six months, 27% believed it would be worse and under half (46%) believed it would be about the same. Again, looking at political party, Republicans are more pessimistic than Democrats are about the coming six months. Just one in ten Republicans (9%) believes their household's financial condition will be better compared to 30% of Democrats. Among Independents, one-third (33%) believe the financial condition of their household will be worse in the next six months while 17% believe it will be better. President Obama's handling of the economy This year brings the presidential election and how people perceive President Obama's handling of the economy will have a large impact on how he does in November. As 2011 ended, one-quarter of Americans (25%) gave the President positive ratings on his handling of the economy while 75% gave him negative ratings. In November, 22% gave President Obama positive marks while 78% gave him negative ones. So What? In 1992, as Bill Clinton was running for election, his campaign came up with the one mantra they would use throughout the general election [ETH] "it's the economy, stupid." The thought was that people were hurting and as long as the campaign could show their candidate had answers to help, they would prevail. They were right and it just proved something long known in politics [ETH] people vote with their wallets. This election will be more of the same and people are hurting. President Obama needs to shore up his economic approval number to have a chance of prevailing in the general election. Jan 4, 2012

John C. Tune Airport GA airport in Tennessee reports strong fuel sales. John C. Tune Airport in Tennessee has seen a jump in fuel sales recently. The airport sold more fuel in fall 2011 than in the past six years. The airport credits student pilots and charter flights for the uptick. Jan 3, 2012

Lawrence Municipal Airport Massachusetts airports contribute jobs to state economy. Lawrence Municipal Airport in Massachusetts contributes to the state economy by employing 220 people. "The Lawrence and Beverly airports are critical to the regional economy, creating jobs directly while making many more jobs possible in the private sector," said Richard A. Davey, secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Jan 3, 2012

McCarran International Airport Las Vegas airport reports 8.3% growth in operating revenue. Operating revenue at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas rose 8.3%, to USD392.6 million, for the fiscal year that ended June 30, an audit shows. Strong revenue gains came primarily from airline fees, the newest annual report on airport finance shows. "The cost to operate at a particular airport is always a key variable in the equation of where flights are scheduled," said Airlines for America Spokesman Steve Lott. "A lot of airports, when they make their pitches for more service, put up charts to show that they compare favorably with competing markets." Jan 5, 2012

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Terminal Marks 50th Anniversary. Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International AirportOs Terminal 1-Lindbergh is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. OWhen the terminal opened in January 1962, the aviation industry was still highly regulated, commercial air fares were priced beyond the means of most family budgets, and global trade was still in its relative infancy,O said Jeff Hamiel, executive director of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which owns and operates MSP. The USD8.5 million terminal had 600,000 square feet and boasted 24 gates on two concourses, or Opiers,O when it opened in 1962. The facility could accommodate up to 14,000 travelers a day. It was designed for expansion and grew in phases as demand warranted. Today, the terminal has 2.8 million square feet and 117 aircraft gates on seven concourses. Airlines carried about 33 million passengers to and from MSP last year, compared to fewer than 2 million in 1962. On average, some 80,000 people a day now fly through Terminal 1-Lindbergh. Jan 3, 2012

NAV Canada NAV Canada workers win arbitration ruling. NAV Canada, the air traffic services provider, said an arbitration decision has awarded about 400 of its engineering, computer service, science and purchasing employees with a 2.75% annual wage increase beginning with a retroactive raise dated to May 1, 2011. The arbitration ruling brings to a conclusion NAV Canada's labor negotiations with the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) union representing the 400 workers. "In September 2011, the parties concluded negotiations on several issues and agreed to refer outstanding issues to binding arbitration," the ATC operator stated. The two-year collective bargaining agreement in effect following the arbitrator's decision covers the period from May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2013. Under the accord, another wage increase will kick in this May. Jan 5, 2012

Pinnacle Airlines Pinnacle Airlines will cut costs to stem losses. Pinnacle Airlines, which lost USD8.8 million in the first nine months of 2011, plans to drastically cut costs. The regional carrier employs around 7,800 workers at its three divisions, and plans to unveil a plan to introduce cost concessions from pilots and other employees. Pinnacle flies for Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways. Jan 3, 2012

RBC Capital Markets U.S. factories posted accelerated growth in December. The U.S. manufacturing sector grew in December at a rate not seen for half a year, according to the Institute for Supply Management. The group's factory index was 53.9, up from November's 52.7. "Manufacturing in the early part of the year will keep expanding. ItOs good to know that purchasing managers are feeling a bit better about the economic backdrop," said Tom Porcelli of RBC Capital Markets. Jan 4, 2012

Shelbyville Municipal Airport Indiana airport ramps up for Super Bowl traffic. Shelbyville Municipal Airport in Indiana is asking for volunteers to help handle Super Bowl traffic. "The Super Bowl people are expecting as many as 1,000 general-aviation aircraft in the Indianapolis area" over a period up to 11 days, said airport Manager Darrell Shrader. The airport expects up to 800 planes on the ground on Feb. 5, the day of the game. Jan 5, 2012

Southwest Airlines, AirTran Airways AirTran, Southwest Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Deal. The two unions representing Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways flight attendants have reached a tentative integration deal. The two unions are the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), representing 2,400 AirTran flight attendants, and Transport Workers Union Local 556, which represents Southwest flight attendants. The agreement outlines the full integration of AirTran flight attendants into Southwest as the two airlines merge. The agreement will be sent to flight attendants at both carriers for ratification. Jan 2, 2012

Tampa International Airport Fla. airport weighs USD27.6M upgrade for international flights. Tampa International Airport in Florida is considering a major upgrade to its terminals to handle international flights. The USD27.6 million upgrade would allow the airport to handle three international flights for wide-body aircraft at the same time. "Beginning this fall, we will face a situation where both the Edelweiss flights serving Zurich and our daily British Airways flights will be arriving at Airside F within an hour of each other," said Joe Lopano, CEO of the airport. Jan 6, 2012

Toronto Pearson International Airport Toronto airport aims to be North America's top international gateway. Under Lloyd McCoomb's guidance, Toronto Pearson International Airport has evolved into a major player that has the potential to become the international gateway for North America, this feature says. McCoomb is stepping down as president and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, but his legacy will live on. "The competition is tough, but if we continue to develop as a hub and build up our international route network we are going in the right direction," he said. Jan 4, 2012

Tulepo Regional Airport, Tupelo Aviation Unlimited Mississippi airport seeks to privatize FBO. Tupelo Regional Airport in Tupelo, Miss., is looking to privatize its fixed-base operator. "For the first time since the buyout, Tupelo Aviation Unlimited actually made money for the airport in 2011," said Josh Abramson, the airport's executive director. "However, the Tupelo Airport Authority and I feel a private entity can run that operation" more efficiently than a government body can, he said. Jan 6, 2012

United Airlines United Continental employee groups continue union consolidation . Unions representing employees at United Airlines (UA) and Continental Airlines (CO), subsidiaries of the merged United Continental Holdings, will move ahead this month with efforts aimed at creating single labor representative groups for mechanics and passenger service and reservation employees of the combined airlines. Some 5,500 UA mechanics, represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), ratified a new labor agreement with the company in late December. CO mechanics, also represented by the IBT, ratified their collective bargaining agreement in November 2010. The company and the IBT will soon begin negotiations for a joint collective bargaining agreement for mechanics at both subsidiaries. "This is another important step which benefits our co-workers and contributes to the future success of United," UA SVP-technical operations Jim Keenan said. "We now turn our attention to a joint agreement for all United and Continental mechanics, and are committed to reaching an agreement that is fair to the company and fair to our employees." The National Mediation Board has set Jan. 17 as the starting date for a five-week election to establish the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) as the collective bargaining representative for 17,930 passenger service and reservation employees at the merged airline. Election results will be announced following a tally Feb. 21. The IAM represents approximately 9,900 UA passenger service and reservation employees. COOs 7,800 passenger service and reservation employees are unrepresented, and CO MicronesiaOs 230 employees are represented by another union. The airlines were merged in the fall of 2010. Jan 4, 2012

US Airways US Airways Employees Deliver Outstanding Operations for Customers. Travelers flying on US Airways between October and December 2011 were treated to the airline's best-ever fourth quarter operational performance. In addition, US Airways finished the year with an outstanding operational performance, including the Company's best December in on-time, completion factor, baggage handling and departure performance during the busy holiday travel season. Several factors contributed to the performance, including extensive planning for heavier-than-usual numbers of passengers, a focus on making sure flights departed on time, good weather, and, most notably, a "can-do" attitude from the airline's employees, who took care of more than two million customers who flew with US Airways between Dec. 22 and Jan. 1 . "Our performance during the often-challenging holiday travel season helped to make the holidays joyful and stress-free for more than two million people who traveled with us during this time," said US Airways' Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Robert Isom . "Such an accomplishment would not have been possible without the hard work of all 32,000 US Airways employees or the support from our Express partners, which ran equally impressive operations that beat previous seasons." From Dec. 22 through Jan. 1 , US Airways' mainline flights set a new completion record for the airline with 99.6 percent of scheduled flights completing their mission. These flights arrived on-time (within 14 minutes of schedule) 86.5 percent of the time while averaging an 83.9 percent load factor (seats occupied). Bags were another success story with only 2.77 mishandled bags per 1,000 enplanements. Additionally, the airline saw a 60 percent decrease in the number of calls from customers to its reservations center help desks compared with the same timeframe in 2010. Employees at US Airways' help desks assist customers whose travel plans have been disrupted. The airline's performance during the holiday travel season caps off its best fourth quarter operational performance in on-time arrivals, departures, completion factor and baggage handling. From October through December 2011 , both US Airways and US Airways Express partners cancelled fewer flights and mainline arrived on-time more often than any other quarter for the year and more than any other fourth quarter in the airline's history. During this time US Airways also achieved three days with zero mainline flight cancellations, or 100 percent completion factor. Highlights of the fourth quarter include a mainline completion factor of 99.4 percent and on-time arrival performance of 86.4 percent. Jan 5, 2012

US Airways US Airways Reports Record December Load Factor. US Airways Group, Inc. today announced December, fourth quarter, and full-year 2011 traffic results. Mainline revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 4.9 billion, up 3.6 percent versus December 2010 . Mainline capacity was 6.0 billion available seat miles (ASMs), up 2.2 percent versus December 2010. Mainline passenger load factor was a record 81.9 percent for the month of December, up 1.1 points versus December 2010 . US Airways' President Scott Kirby said, "Our December consolidated (mainline and Express) passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased approximately 11 percent versus the same period last year. "As we close the calendar year 2011, I would like to thank our 32,000 team members for doing a tremendous job of taking care of our customers during the busy holiday travel period. We finished the year with an outstanding operational performance, including our Company's best December and fourth quarter in on-time, completion factor, baggage handling and departure performance. We look forward to carrying that trend into the New Year." For the month of December, US Airways' preliminary on-time performance as reported to the U.S. Department of Transportation was 87.8 percent with a completion factor of 99.5 percent. US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,000 flights per day and serves more than 200 communities in the U.S., Canada , Mexico , Europe , the Middle East , the Caribbean , Central and South America . The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,000 daily flights to 1,290 airports in 189 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C. , Philadelphia and Phoenix , and a focus city in Washington, D.C. at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. US Airways was the only airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by LATINA Style magazine's 50 Report for 2010 and 2011. For six years in a row, the airline also earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index. The Corporate Equality index is a leading indicator of companies' attitudes and policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers. US Airways also ranked #1 among its competing hub-and-spoke network carriers for 2010 performance as rated by the Wichita State University / Purdue University Airline Quality Rating (AQR). Jan 5, 2012

US Airways, Delta Air Lines US Airways Expands Washington D.C. Service. US Airways announced today that it will expand service for customers by starting service to 11 new destinations and adding flights to three existing destinations at Reagan National Airport following the closing of its slot transaction agreement with Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL - News). Eight of the 11 new communities that the airline will serve currently have no service to Washington 's downtown airport. The new flights, which begin March 25 , are the next step in US Airways' plan to focus on its core service areas of Washington, D.C. , Philadelphia , Phoenix and Charlotte, N.C. "We are excited to expand our service to customers traveling to and from our nation's capital as well as increase jobs at Washington National Airport," said US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker . "When our expansion is completed, US Airways will offer more than 230 daily flights and directly support more than 1,500 aviation jobs at Washington National." The final phase of the airline's plan to focus on its core service areas starts July 11, 2012 and will add more new routes from Washington , which will be announced in February. To support the expanded service, US Airways will add more gates at Reagan National, build a second US Airways Club conveniently located near its new departure gates, and will hire approximately 125 airport customer service and fleet service employees. Washington , D.C. Expansion In the first phase of its expansion at Washington , US Airways will add the following new flights, which begin March 25 : [yen]Nonstop, daily flights to Birmingham, Ala. ; Fayetteville, N.C. ; Islip, N.Y. ; Little Rock, Ark. ; Jacksonville, N.C. ; Pensacola, Fla. ; Tallahassee, Fla. and Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. These destinations currently have no existing service from Reagan National. [yen]New service will also be added to Memphis, Tenn. ; Omaha, Neb. and Ottawa, Ontario. These communities are currently served by other carriers at Reagan National. [yen]Daily flights will be added to Bangor, Maine and Savannah, Ga. , which US Airways currently serves on weekends. [yen]A daily nonstop frequency will be added to Hartford, Conn. At New York 's LaGuardia Airport, US Airways will operate a reduced schedule over current levels. It will remain the third largest carrier at the airport, offering customers 65 daily weekday flights. The airline will continue to operate its popular hourly dual-class Shuttle service to Washington and Boston , and high-frequency service to its Charlotte and Philadelphia hubs. US Airways will also continue to serve Pittsburgh and its Phoenix hub from LaGuardia. All US Airways flights will continue to arrive and depart from Terminal C, where the airline will build a new, state-of-the-art 3,500 square foot US Airways Club that will be completed this spring. Once both phases of the transition are complete, 99 percent of the airline's available seat miles (ASMs) will operate to or from its core service areas and US Airways Shuttle. This represents a 16 percentage point change from 2006, when, following the merger of US Airways and America West Airlines, only 83 percent of the airline's ASMs touched its core focus areas and US Airways Shuttle. Jan 3, 2012

Westjet Airlines WestJet reports record December traffic results. WestJet today announced record December 2011 traffic results with a load factor of 80.9 per cent, tying its second highest December load factor ever. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased eight per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 7.1 per cent over the same period. "We finished the year with strong traffic results confirming that our capacity continues to be absorbed by the market. We flew nearly 1.4 million guests this month, a new December record," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky . "We also achieved a new single-day record by flying approximately 53,000 guests across our network on December 23 . On a full-year basis, we have flown over 867,000 additional guests in 2011 versus last year and my thanks go to WestJetters for their unwavering commitment to caring for our guests during the very busy holiday travel period." Due to strong bookings made and flown in December, WestJet anticipates that the year-over-year revenue per available seat mile (RASM) growth for the fourth quarter will now be closer to that achieved in the third quarter of 2011. Today, WestJet launches a system-wide seat sale, one of its biggest sales of the year, featuring all-in advertising, thereby beginning the transition to a pricing approach where the final price of seats purchased will be more prominently displayed to the consumer. WestJet is the first airline in Canada to advertise with all-in pricing. Jan 5, 2012

Zelienople Airport Pennsylvania airport embarks on airport improvements. Zelienople Airport in Pennsylvania has begun construction on airport improvements, which includes a public sewer system. "We're knocking down trees and reconfiguring the elevation of the land. It's exciting to see it moving finally," official Russell Robertson said. Jan 6, 2012

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