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Airport officials predict summer parking crunch. Some airport officials expect a parking shortage this summer. Parking lot operators are adding spaces and boosting rates, and some airports are asking fliers to leave their cars at home. "What we're trying to avoid is that ultimate bad moment when someone drives here in his car and can't find a place to park," says Victor Gill, a spokesman for the Burbank, Calif., airport.

Apr 27, 2006

Airlines, airports expect busy summer season. Airport officials are preparing for a busy summer travel season. Travel experts are encouraging fliers to book tickets for summer travel now. Apr 25, 2006

ATC system in need of modernization. The Federal Aviation Administration's plans to modernize its air-traffic computer system and prepare for a technology overhaul. The current system is a patchwork of technologies, that if not upgraded, will lead to system-wide delays and flight cancellations. Even under the most optimistic scenarios, fully modernizing the system will likely take more than 10 years. Apr 25, 2006

Aeroports de Paris

Aeroports de Paris' planned IPO could raise up to [euro]600 million ($740.25 million) through the issuance of new shares, the Parisian airports operator said in a filing with stock market regulator AMF. The French government, which currently owns ADP, intends to remain a majority shareholder with a 51% holding. The IPO would include the issue of new shares and the government selling part of its stake; 10% of the shares would be reserved for ADP employees. ADP's results for the financial year 2005 were relatively good, with operating profit up 13.8% on the prior year to [euro]331.2 million on a 5.7% increase in revenue to [euro]1.915 billion. Passenger throughput rose 4.4% to 78.7 million. ADP also said it intends to invest [euro]2.5 million in Paris Charles de Gaulle between 2006 and 2010 to improve and expand passenger facilities. Apr 25, 2006

Air New Zealand, Auckland International Airport

Air New Zealand announced a NZ$42 million upgrade to its domestic terminal facilities at Auckland International Airport. The project's main purpose will be integrating two domestic terminals into one expanded facility. It will include a new retail area. Apr 24, 2006

ARINC

ARINC will unveil a new airport IT systems support program today at the annual conference of the American Assn. of Airport Executives. The program includes "integrated systems support, operations, maintenance support and technical staffing." ARINC said Sun Country Airlines signed a long-term extension of its datalink communications contract. Apr 24, 2006

Atlanta airport

Computer glitch at Atlanta airport costs Delta $1.3M: A computer glitch at the Atlanta airport that closed the main security checkpoint for two hours on Wednesday cost Delta Air Lines $1.3 million. Officials stopped outbound flights after a TSA security agent noticed a suspicious image while screening bags. No actual threat was found. Apr 24, 2006

Atlanta, london airports

Atlanta tops list of busy airports. According to airport authorities and AirGuideAiports data, London's Heathrow was the busiest airport in the world for international travelers in 2004, but Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was the world's busiest airport overall. More at http://www.AirGuideOnline.com Apr 24, 2006

Bmi

BMI long haul services to the USA and Caribbean and bmi regional Toulouse service are to relocate from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 at Manchester Airport from 1 June. The move completes the airline group's relocation under one roof which saw bmibaby, the low cost arm, switch terminals at the end of March. Additional check-in desks and aircraft parking stands have been secured, helping to focus and streamline day-to-day operations in a single location. The move also means that eligible passengers will be able to access bmi's own business and diamond club lounges at Terminal 3, rather than using a third-party lounge at Terminal 1. Manchester is the only airport where all the bmi group airlines, bmi, bmi regional and bmibaby, are represented. http://www.flybmi.com Apr 30, 2006

Boston's Logan

Boston's Logan mulls Registered Traveler program. Officials at Boston's Logan International Airport say they are still evaluating the federal program to speed registered travelers through security lines. Other airports have said they do not plan to participate because the program will not save time. Apr 25, 2006

CityHopp

CityHoppa has been launched, a development of the successful Resorthoppa.Com pre-booked shared transport concept. CityHoppa will be available at most European gateway airports providing door-to-door transfers from airport to hotel or apartment by shared mini bus or coach at prices usually lower than the local taxi company. As CityHoppa points out, the booking, which can be made up to 48 hours before the flight, guarantees transport availability whatever the time, night or day. (left to right - Danny Ramberan, UK sales executive; Emma Panebianco, UK sales executive; Sarah Dooley, key account executive http://city.resorthoppa.com Apr 30, 2006

Continental Airlines

Continental opens airport pet kennel. Continental Airlines has opened a kennel at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The kennel is the first airline-owned kennel on airport property in the U.S. Apr 26, 2006

Cork Airports

Cork Airports new E160m terminal, due to open Wednesday May 10, is not likely to be ready "until June at the earliest". The delay of the opening date has largely been caused by late completion of the facility, and the knock-on effect on delivery and staff training. Capable of handling 3m passengers the new building has 30 check-in desks, but just a single air bridge. A new multi-storey car park with room for 630 cars has been built with direct access to the new terminal building via a covered walkway. http://www.cork-airport.com Apr 30, 2006

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines is expanding its self-service check-in kiosks to international services, equipping more than 1,000 kiosks at US airports with passport readers. The carrier said all US kiosks will be upgraded by year end to handle international check-ins. Self-service check-ins for domestic Delta flights rose 10% last year, with 28 million passengers using the machines to obtain boarding passes. Apr 26, 2006

Denver airport

Denver airport expands oil, gas drilling. Denver International Airport will expand oil and gas drilling to an additional 22,000 acres of its property. Revenue generated from the drilling will make the airport more economical for airlines and travelers, officials said. Apr 25, 2006

Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Rorbin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport (Britain's airport with the longest name) celebrated it first birthday last Friday April 28 and reported a 12-month throughput of more than 840,000 passengers. During this period it achieved the distinction of being the first and only airport in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the Humberside area to offer direct nonstop services to long haul destinations in USA, Mexico and the Caribbean. Over the next year the passenger figure is expected to climb through the one million barrier. The airport says that inbound traffic is 15% of the total and growing, with a target of 40% similar to sister airport Liverpool John Lennon, also owned by the Peel Group. Currently the airport serves 12 scheduled and 30 charter destinations. http://www.robinhoodairport.com Apr 30, 2006

JetBlue, Raleigh-Durham airport

Fares fall in Raleigh ahead of JetBlue's arrival. Airlines that fly to Raleigh-Durham International Airport are lowering some fares, anticipating competition from JetBlue. JetBlue plans to launch service to the airport in about three months. Apr 28, 2006

London BAA

London[sup.1]s BAA for the third time advised its shareholders to reject a hostile takeover bid from Ferrovial, which again offered [pounds sterling]8.75 billion ($15.62 billion) for the UK airport management company. The BAA board said Friday that it will be writing to shareholders "within the next 14 days" to explain the reasons the offer was rejected and urged shareholders to "take no action" in respect to the offer. "The Ferrovial Consortium's offer cannot be taken seriously," BAA Chairman Marcus Agius said. "It is no more than a tactical maneuver and our shareholders should have nothing to do with it." BAA owns and operates seven airports in the UK and has management contracts or stakes in other airports outside the country. Apr 24, 2006

London Gatwick

London's Gatwick Exress users, and indeed airlines and Gatwick Airport itself, are once again demanding news from the Department for Transport regarding the future of the very popular nonstop service to London's Victoria Station. A decision was expected in February but only a very muddled statement produced. With airlines now in the process of confirming their winter schedules 2006/2007 any decision to cut the services could have serious planning consequences. Continental Airlines and Delta have been vociferous in complaining that if the Express be stopped it would be very bad news for one of the world's major international airports, pointing out that since they are banned from Heathrow the least they expect is a similar rail service. http://www.gatwickexpress.co.uk Apr 30, 2006

Londons BAA

Londons[sup.1] BAA confirmed on April 16 that a consortium including Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Group made a conditional offer valued at [pounds sterling]9.4 billion, which included a "partial share alternative." BAA said this bid was rejected because it "clearly fails to reflect the true value of the company" Apr 24, 2006

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

FAA official approves of new Phoenix control tower. The second-highest Federal Aviation Administration official praised a new control tower at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport after touring it Thursday. The $83 million tower is expected to be operational in November. Apr 28, 2006

Royal Jordanian

Royal Jordanian is moving from Terminal 3 to Terminal 4 at New York JFK. It begins service from the airport's only privately operated terminal on May 1. Apr 25, 2006

Ryanair

Ryanair said it will end its Dublin-Cardiff service on May 1 because Cardiff International Airport is increasing passenger charges 350%. Ryanair's five-year agreement with CWL is scheduled to expire on that date. It will transfer its Cardiff-bound flights to Bristol and offer bus services between Cardiff and Bristol to May 10. Apr 26, 2006

San Francisco Airport

Shortening runway would solve delay problem. San Francisco International Airport could solve its flight-delay problems by having planes start their landings at a runway's midpoint during foggy weather, the San Francisco Chronicle's Stanford M. Horn writes. Apr 28, 2006

San Jose airport

San Jose airport will pursue Registered Traveler program. San Jose International Airport says it wants the Registered Traveler program, but some other airports have decided against it. The Air Transport Association does not believe the program is a good use of resources and instead wants the Transportation Security Administration to improve the overall screening process. Apr 26, 2006

VLM

VLM, the largest operator in terms of services at London City Airport, could be getting ready to upgrade from the geriatric, but popular, Fokker F50 turboprop, to the much larger (50 seats against 80 minimum) Avro RJ series aircraft. Faced with competition from Luxair with the Embraer 135 on the LCY - Luxemburg route the airline lists from Monday 15 May the Avro RJ as the prime equipment on the sector. Whether this means that the carrier, known to be evaluating more modern options than the venerable Fokker, has decided on second user Avros for its future is unknown, a statement promised shortly. http://www.flyvlm.com Apr 30, 2006
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