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May 21, 2007

US airports need to invest $87.4 billion over the next five years in new infrastructure to keep pace with rising passenger and cargo demand, according to Airports Council International-North America, which this week called for Congress to raise the $4.50-per-segment cap on passenger facility charges. Asserting that "aviation is already stretched to the breaking point," ACI-NA President Greg Principato said a study conducted by his organization "tells us that by prudently raising and investing money in the short term, we have the opportunity to help future travelers avoid delayed flights and inconvenience." May 18, 2007

Carriers oppose effort to drop modernization fee Airlines oppose a newly adopted amendment to the Senate's FAA reauthorization bill that would eliminate a $25 modernization fee for turbine operations. "The proposed elimination of the $25 fee undermines the critical importance of transitioning to a funding mechanism that fairly charges all system users for the ATC services they consume," the Air Transport Association said in a statement. Commercial airlines favor a system that would no longer have its passengers subsidizing corporate aircraft. "They want everyone to pay their fair share," an ATA spokesman said. May 16, 2007

Air traffic system needs modernization The nation's air traffic system must be modernized to accommodate the growth in travel, Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., writes in the Clarion Ledger. Lott is the ranking member on the Senate Aviation Subcommittee and says he will introduce legislation to fund modernization and generate $1.6 billion over the next four years. May 15, 2007

Travelers may use kiosks to enroll in Registered Traveler program Travelers interested in the Clear Registered Travel program can enroll using kiosks at Hyatt Regency hotels in Santa Clara, Calif., and at the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco. Meanwhile, a spokesman for San Francisco International Airport says the airport could open fast-pass lanes as early as the fall. May 15, 2007

Airport capacity stretched thin, FAA says The FAA expects 750 million people to fly this year and says the "transportation system is stretched thin." The FAA supports increased financing for technology upgrades and airport capacity improvements. Airline delays were the worst in history in 2006, the FAA notes. May 15, 2007

American Airlines

American Airlines today moved its international service at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) into Concourse B of its new $1.3 billion terminal, which is near the recently opened and brand-new U.S. Customs and Immigrations facility. This sets the stage for improving the travel experience for passengers arriving into and departing from JFK. May 15, 2007

Atlanta airport

Atlanta airport general manager pushes for higher passenger charge The general manager of the Atlanta airport is urging lawmakers to increase the passenger facility charge from $4.50 to $7.50 per flight segment. Authorization for the current fee expires on Sept. 30. Some airlines oppose increasing the fee because it would boost ticket prices. May 15, 2007

New York John F. Kennedy International

Traffic climbs 25% at New York's JFK, FAA says Aviation officials said traffic at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport has climbed about 25% in the last year. The increase has prompted the FAA to consider changing the way runways at the airport operate. It has already started using three of the airport's four runways simultaneously for much of the day. May 14, 2007

San Diego International

San Diego office building may put flights at risk, FAA say The FAA says a 180-foot office building built in the bad-weather flight path of the San Diego airport is a hazard because it is 20 feet too tall. A review of internal city and FAA documents indicate that the city's Development Services Department had at least two opportunities to limit the building's height before construction began. A city attorney hopes to sue the building's developer for an ethics violation related to the building. May 14, 2007

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