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For more airport news, data and analysis, please go to: http://www.airguideonline.com/order_formsubs.htm Jun 5, 2006 Airport postpones launch of Registered Traveler. Officials at the Indianapolis International Airport say they must receive federal guidelines before they can launch the Registered Traveler program at the airport. They said the airport will miss its June 20 launch date for the program. Jun 2, 2006 EU plans to draft new passenger data agreement. European Union officials say they will draft a new agreement on air passenger data that they hope will win court approval. Officials will make technical changes to the agreement without changing the substance of the pact. Earlier this week, the European Court of Justice canceled the agreement between the EU and the U.S. Jun 1, 2006 Private jets tax air traffic control, carriers say. Airport managers and Federal Aviation Administration officials wonder if the air traffic control system can handle the growing number of private jets. Airlines have proposed a user fee system to fund air traffic control. "We're trying to figure out a way to make sure this scarce resource is serving the public good," says US Airways Chairman W. Douglas Parker. "Right now, that doesn't seem to be the case when one small plane is paying dramatically less than one large plane." May 30, 2006 Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore awarded a tender to a joint venture company to develop and manage "a luxury facility" for VIP travelers arriving or departing Changi on commercial or private aircraft. It is set to open in August. Members of the JV company are Worldwide Flight Services, Superior Travelers Services and Sembawang Kimtrans. May 29, 2006 Aeroports de Paris Aeroports de Paris Chief Executive Pierre Graff recently outlined a [euro]2.7 billion investment plan for the 2006-10 period, including renovation of older facilities at Paris Charles de Gaulle and construction of new terminals. ADP is Europe's second-largest airport operator measured by revenues. It handled 78.7 million passengers last year, up 4.4% from 2004, and net profits rose about 25% to [euro]180 million on revenues of [euro]1.9 billion. It operates 14 civil airports in and around Paris including CDG, Orly and Le Bourget. Jun 1, 2006 Aeroports de Paris Aeroports de Paris yesterday launched its long-awaited initial public offering that will see the French government reduce its 100% stake in the airports operator by 28%-33%. ADP expects to raise [euro]1.2 billion ($1.54 billion) in total, placing 30 million shares. Shares are priced at between [euro]42 and [euro]48.5 each for institutional investors and between [euro]41 and [euro]47.50 for French retail investors. Employees will be able to buy shares at between [euro]32.80 and [euro]38. About 10% of the shares to be sold are expected to be reserved for ADP employees. Shares will start listing on June 15. The transaction values ADP at up to [euro]4.5 billion. Jun 1, 2006 Baa, Ferrovial Ferrovial Group upped its BAA takeover bid but the UK airports operator said yesterday that the Spanish firm still is undervaluing the company and advised shareholders to reject the increased offer. Ferrovial modified its bid to [pounds sterling]9.73 billion ($18.09 billion), or 900 pence per share, which still "falls well short" of the "more than 940 pence per share" value of the company, BAA said. The initial bid of [pounds sterling]8.75 billion was dismissed by BAA Chairman Marcus Agius last week as "cheap". Ferrovial said in a statement that its new bid is "extremely attractive" and should be embraced by BAA shareholders. May 31, 2006 BAA, Ferrovial BAA says Ferrovial's hostile takeover bid is 'on the cheap'. BAA, facing a potential hostile takeover as well as a possible government inquiry into whether its control of seven UK airports creates a fair market for airlines and passengers, is pushing back and warning shareholders that Ferrovial Group's [pounds sterling]8.75 billion ($16.41 billion) bid greatly undervalues the company. May 29, 2006 Eurocontrol Eurocontrol has begun providing an alerting service to those European states which are the departure or arrival point for an aircraft deemed by national authorities to pose a safety risk. The new service is administered at the organization's Central Flow Management Unit (CFMU) who will issue an alert if any company or aircraft that is listed by national authorities as posing a potential safety risk, plans to enter European airspace. National authorities in those European countries which are the departure or the destination of the flight will receive a warning, enabling them to take appropriate action such as initiating an inspection, preventing the aircraft from taking off ("grounding") or even from entering their territory. http://www.eurocontrol.int Jun 4, 2006 Kent Airport Kent Airport, better known as Manston (MSE), last week welcomed its first passengers in almost a year with a flight to Faro. The charter service will be operated every Thursday by Kent Escapes, part of the successful Seguro Travel Group. The service is joined, also on a Thursday, by a rotation to Barcelona. Both flights are operated by an LTE International Airways 180-seat Airbus A320. The new flights represent a breakthrough for new airport operator Infratil Airports Europe, also owners of Glasgow-Prestwick Airport. The previous owners, Planestation plc, went into liquidation last July. http://www.kentinternationalairport-manston.com Jun 4, 2006

London Stansted Stansted's experiment with flights to JFK New York seems to be working out well with both Eos (a sort of not quite first class at J class fares) and Maxjet (business class at upgraded economy fare levels) reporting good business. What is very quickly becoming apparent is that whilst Stansted suffers at times from a budget carrier overload, particularly with regard to security and even immigration, the opposite effect is happening with the US flights. Both carriers offer the underused Fast Track and have excellent gate lounges. At the other end of the building most passengers are European nationals, which gets very busy. The non-European throughput is small compared typically with Heathrow T3. For the summer Eos has a slight revision of its schedule, now leaving late afternoon at 1600 for a 1845 early evening arrival, with the return, out of the excellent Emirates lounge at 2015 with Stansted inbound at 0830. This makes for an easy night stop and full day but only one actual day away. Maxjet is looking at a doubling of frequency, or adding Boston, which, together with the recently launched Washington route, would give three east coast US destinations. http://www.eosairlines.com http://www.maxjet.com Jun 4, 2006 Melbourne, Brisbane Australian airport operators led by Melbourne and Brisbane attacked the government, claiming it is protecting Qantas at the expense of the country's tourist industry. Speaking to The Australian, Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Barlow claimed the government "has been putting money into promoting the 'Where the bloody hell are you?' global TV campaign, which is really successful," while knocking back airlines such as Emirates, which wants to double its services to Australia. The airport operators also are expressing concern that the government again will deny Singapore Airlines' attempts to gain access to transpacific routes. Jun 2, 2006 Moscow Domodedovo Moscow Domodedovo's passenger traffic increased 16.4% from January to April compared to the same period last year to 3.9 million passengers. Passenger traffic in April grew 14.6% over the year-ago month to 1.1 million. May 29, 2006 Norfolk airport Norfolk airport improves bomb-detection program. Norfolk (Va.) International Airport has added new bomb-detection machinery ahead of the busy summer travel season. The airport also has three new bomb-sniffing dogs to patrol inside and outside terminals and concourses. Jun 2, 2006 Paris Airport Paris Airport operator Aeroports de Paris has finally launched its long-awaited initial public offering. However the French government will still retain a majority shareholding which could be as much as two-thirds. ADP expects to raise E1.2bn. Shares are priced at between E42 and E48.5 each for institutional investors and between E41 and E47.50 for French retail investors. Employees will be able to buy shares at between E32.80 and E38 with about 10% reserved for the staff. Shares will start listing on 15 June. The transaction values ADP at up to 4.5bn. ADP is Europe's second-largest airport operator measured by revenues. It handled 78.7m passengers last year, up 4.4% from 2004, and net profits rose about 25% to E180m on revenues ofE1.9bn. In total it operates 14 civil airports in and around Paris including CDG, Orly and Le Bourget. CDG is also said to be one of the most expensive airports for airlines. http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr May 31, 2006 Pittsburgh airport Pittsburgh airport posts gain in April traffic. Passenger traffic climbed 2.4% in April at Pittsburgh International Airport from the same month a year ago. The increase is the first at the airport since September 2004. Traffic on US Airways, Pittsburgh International's major carrier, slipped 12.9% in April. Jun 1, 2006 Southampton Airport Southampton Airport will have a new arrival in the form of bmi regional for the winter season starting 29 October. The smallest division of the bmi group (bmi baby is not a baby any longer) has taken the first tentative steps to establish itself at the south coast's leading airport. The new service will depart for Amsterdam four times daily Monday to Friday, once on Saturday and twice on Sunday. bmi regional will compete head on with ScotAirways who operate a Dornier 328 34-seat turboprop on the route. bmi plan to use a 50-seat EMB 145 jet. Both airlines schedule around 1 hour 15 minutes for the sector and have an established AMS route with a flight schedule conveniently timed to meet the needs of both business and leisure passengers. http://www.southamptonairport.com Jun 4, 2006

Washington's Dulles Traffic dips at Dulles after demise of Independence Air. Traffic at Washington's Dulles International Airport has declined since the January demise of Independence Air. Some travelers are now flying into other airports, including Reagan National Airport, where traffic climbed 6.1% in the first quarter. May 30, 2006
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