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Airlines support user fees to fund air traffic system. Airlines and general aviation operators are debating how to split the cost of the air traffic control system. Air Transport Association President James C. May supports user fees and says they would provide a stable stream of revenue. May said that Canada, France, Germany and Australia are using such a mechanism successfully. May 5, 2006

New air traffic control system will rely on satellites. The Federal Aviation Administration will replace the current air traffic control system with one that relies on satellites. The new system will operate in up to 15% of airspace by 2010. May 3, 2006

U.S. airline traffic growth reinforces need for airspace modernization: The Air Transport Association said the record industry-wide passenger and cargo volumes reported by U.S. carriers in 2005 drive home more than ever the imperative for a complete overhaul of the nation's outdated air traffic control system. "Higher volumes of traffic, which are expected to continue to grow, strongly reinforce the need to modernize our antiquated air traffic control system," said ATA's chief Economist John Heimlich. May 2, 2006

As this piece gets set to go live the FAA tentatively plans to extend the flight cap at Chicago O'Hare. It was to have expired April 1, but the agency wants to push it 'til October 28. To keep down delays, the FAA wants to keep in place constraints which have seen American and United cut 37 peak-hour flights. The cap also limits domestic airlines to a combined 88 arrivals per hour between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. May 1, 2006

In an effort to make sure unsafe airplanes don't fall out of the sky over Europe, the European Union has banned 92 airlines from landing at its airports. The prohibition applies to passenger and cargo carriers from Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone, Swaziland and Liberia. EU Transport Commissioner Jacques labels some of those airlines' aircraft nothing sort of, "flying coffins." The ban also applies to Ariana Afghan Airlines, North Korea's Air Koryo, and - perhaps most notably - Thailand's Phuket Airlines. A couple of carriers each from both Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan also made the infamous list. May 1, 2006

Albuquerque International

Albuquerque International Sunport is serious about going after international air service. Albuquerque is pushing an inventive program for carriers willing to launch service this year to specific Mexican destinations: Mexico City, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, Cabo San Lucas or Chihuahua. ABQ is willing to cut landing fees in half for airlines, up to a maximum of $75,000. The airport is also willing to kick in up to $50,000 to help market a new Mexican route. May 1, 2006

Albuquerque International Sunport

If you're picking up a significant other or colleague at Albuquerque International Sunport know that you no longer have to circle the roadway system waiting for him to appear out of baggage claim. The airport has opened a new cell phone waiting lot. Bored? Watch the airplanes land, and wait for the call, at one of two new aircraft observation areas. One is located on Girard, just east of the terminal. The other is south of the terminal, on Spirit Drive, just east of university. All of these spaces are free. May 1, 2006

American Airlines

American Airlines notified the Chicago Dept. of Aviation that it will cease operations at Midway on Sept. 1, according to press reports. AA operates a five-times-daily MDW-Dallas/Ft. Worth service. ATA Airlines will continue to operate the route nonstop. May 4, 2006

Boeing

Boeing announced last week that its Phantom Works Advanced Air Traffic Management unit signed a two-year, [euro]615,000 ($762,000) contract with Air Traffic Alliance--the European consortium that includes Eurocontrol, EADS, Airbus and Thales--to assist in development of the Single European Sky ATM Research program. Phantom Works VP and GM Kevin Brown called the deal, which also involves Honeywell and Rockwell Collins, "strategically critical" at a press briefing in Arlington, Va., saying that it is in Boeing's best interest to help improve upon an ATM system whose capacity constraints might mitigate the sale of new aircraft. "There is a lot of sky out there for a lot more airplanes," said Michael Lewis, PW's director-business development. May 1, 2006

Cardiff Airport

Cardiff Airport seems to be prospering with the demise of Air Wales and the petulant departure of Ryanair. On 5 June will see the launch of a twice week daily Eastern Airways Jetstream service to Brussels. Flights will take one hour 40 minutes on a 29-seat Jetstream 41 aircraft. Already under way is a twice week daily Eastern service to Newcastle with a flight time of just 75 minutes. A daily nonstop service to Aberdeen is also planned. Aer Arann has taken over the Ryanair routes. Jon Horne (right), Cardiff International Airport's managing director, welcomes Keith Watson, Eastern Airways' head of sales & marketing to the airport. http://www.easternairways.com http://www.cwlfly.com May 7, 2006

Dallas Love Field

Noncommercial flights make the most noise at Love Field. Cargo planes, charters and business jets make more noise than commercial jets at Dallas Love Field, according to a research report. The study could weaken the argument of groups that want restrictions on commercial flying to Love Field to remain in place. May 3, 2006

Dallas/Fort Worth International

Just in time for summer travel - flyers frequenting Dallas/Fort Worth International with their kids will have a place for them to burn off prodigious amounts of energy. "Landing Zone" play areas are getting ready to open in Terminals B and C. The Terminal B zone will be next to Gate 12. The floor and equipment at this tiny tot airport will be properly padded, as will the pretend aerodrome in Terminal C. It will be next to Gate 14. Caveat: These aren't "park 'em and leave 'em" places. Parental supervision is a must. May 1, 2006

Dane County Regional Airport

Flyers frequenting Madison's Dane County Regional Airport know lots of construction is going on. A $65-million terminal expansion and renovation project is nearing the halfway point of Phase 2. Phase 3 is about to begin. That will eventually mean expanded security checkpoints and concession areas, as well as a dedicated regional airline concourse south of the current main terminal. May 1, 2006

Finnair

Finnair said its ground handling subsidiary Northport Oy will close its loss-making Tampere unit this year. May 2, 2006

Highlands and Islands Airports

Scotland and the Highlands in particular are having a boom time as far as air transport is concerned according to figures released today (Monday 8 May) by Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd. In the year ending 31 March 2006 the agency's ten airports handled 1,152,895 passengers, a 13.5% increase on 2004/05 and breaking the previous busiest year total of 1,100,609 passengers set in 1995/96 at a time of significant oil industry related traffic. Inverness (seen here besides the Moray Firth) continues as by far and away the busiest airport with nearly 650,000 passengers over the last 12 months, a figure bound to grow with a new Ryanair route from Liverpool starting October. Already introduced this year is Aer Arann service to Dublin and Eastern Airways' Inverness - Leeds Bradford. Atlantic Airways will launch a twice-weekly Faroes-Sumburgh - Stansted service and Eastern Airways an Inverness - Newcastle route in June. http://www.hial.co.uk May 7, 2006

Houston Hobby Airport

Next time you're at Houston Hobby Airport instead of grabbing a paperback or popping open the laptop, consider dropping by the airport's new Interfaith Chapel. The enclave recently opened at HOU. Larger Bush Intercontinental Airport, on the north side of town, also has one. May 1, 2006

Kansas City

Security could flow a bit better at Kansas City International when modifications are complete on its checkpoints. Where needed, interior glass walls separating each checkpoint from its adjoining departure lounge are being moved farther into the lounges. That will mean more room, and faster flow. These glass walls are also being frosted. The idea is to obscure flyers' view of the screening gear, and reduce glare. Perhaps best of all, a private room is being added at each checkpoint for folks TSA pulls out of line for secondary screening. May 1, 2006

New York

Officials consider fourth airport for NYC. Aviation officials are considering developing a fourth airport to serve New York City. An additional airport would help ease congestion, which officials fear could hurt the area's economy. May 1, 2006

Oakland International Airport

Oakland International Airport, as part of USD$170 million airport improvement project, is expanding its eight-gate Terminal 2 outward by an additional 108,000 square feet on two levels and nearly doubling its gate capacity. The project is expected to be completed by next spring. Involved is the addition of five new boarding gates on the second level, installation of three new baggage carousels on the ground level, as well as additional space for passenger screening, retailing and food service. Four of the new gates are expected to open in August with the fifth to be completed in spring 2007. May 1, 2006

Orlando, Continental Airlines

Continental Airlines and Orlando International Airport successfully completed testing of SITA's AirportConnect Open program, which allows airlines to use the same application software on common-use terminal workstations. May 4, 2006

Pittsburgh airport

Pittsburgh needs international flights, officials say. Pittsburgh businesspeople and politicians say the city's airport needs nonstop international flights. The airport currently has no nonstop trans-Atlantic flights.

May 1, 2006

Robin Hood

Robin Hood Airport has launched its long haul program with a nonstop flight to the Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) last Friday (May 5 2006). Also operating this summer are weekly services to Cancum (Mexico) and Sanford (Florida). All flights are flown by ThomsomFly using Boeing 767 aircraft in a two-class layout. The former RAF Finningley has more than adequate runway length to accommodate the long range Boeings. http://www.robinhoodairport.com May 7, 2006

Toronto's Pearson International

A fast-track security lane is coming to Toronto's Pearson International. Verified Identity Pass Canada, Inc. has inked a deal with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority to bring its Clear program to YYZ. The registered traveler initiative, like the one that already successfully operates in Orlando, is pegged to background checks and biometrics. It essentially allows faster passage through security - not a bypass around the system. Like the Orlando initiative, which has 17,000 enrollees, there will likely be a fee involved. May 1, 2006

Vancouver International Airport

Work proceeds apace on a nine-gate expansion of the International Terminal at Vancouver International Airport. By spring 2007 phase one should be complete. That will mean four new gates, two of which can accommodate the new gargantuan A380. May 1, 2006

Washington Dulles

Have a foreign client or colleague coming to the United States anytime soon? You might want to suggest he arrive via Washington Dulles. Aviation Daily reports IAD will be testing a foreign flyer-friendly entry program designed to provide, "a more welcoming environment" to those from abroad. The government contends there will be improvements in business and temporary worker visa processing, and a screening redress initiative aimed at aiding flyers who say they were mistakenly barred or delayed from boarding aircraft for security reasons. The model airport program itself will feature customized video messages designed to guide foreign travelers through the entry process. May 1, 2006
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