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User-fee system for ATC is more equitable, ATA says. In 2004, airlines used 70% of the air traffic control system but paid 94% of its cost, Air Transport Association President and CEO James May said. The ATA supports a user-fee system that would fairly allocate costs to all users of the air traffic control system. "The real issue," says May, "is equity and overall sharing of the tax burden for use of the system." May 11, 2006

FAA, controllers dispute contract impact on retirements. Some air traffic controllers believe many controllers will retire if the Federal Aviation Administration is allowed to impose a cost-cutting contract on June 5. FAA officials say nothing suggests that a wave of workers would retire at once. May 9, 2006

Akron-Canton

Despite the recent loss of AirTran service to Las Vegas, the "Little Airport that Could," Akron-Canton, set a record for passengers boarded in March. More than 130,000 flyers frequented CAK, a 9 percent increase over the same period in 2005. CAK is in the midst of a $60-millon expansion project that includes a new $24 million concourse. Akron-Canton is seen by some flyers as a less-stressful alternative to Cleveland Hopkins. May 12, 2006

Atlanta airport

New control tower opens at Atlanta airport. Air traffic controllers already have moved in to a new air traffic control tower at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The airport's fifth runway, which is expected to reduce delays, will open in about three weeks.

May 9, 2006

Delta is giving its terminal facilities at the airport a major makeover, expanding lobby space by 50 percent, adding 24 more self-service kiosks, redesigning gate seating, and introducing 14 additional full-service check-in positions. Why the need? Even though (or, perhaps especially because) it's in Chapter 11, the airline has got to keep frequent flyers loyal. Delta fields some 1,000 daily departures from ATL. May 12, 2006

Atlanta, Delta Connection With all the flights Delta Connection fields from Concourse C at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International this is significant news. There's a new Delta Crown Room across from C26. The 6,800-square-foot enclave is a two-story affair that seats more than 125 flyers. May 12, 2006

Baltimore/Washington

New stores and restaurants at Baltimore/Washington. On Concourse D, there's Johnston & Murphy for shoes and clothing. Also on D is Airport Wireless/Palm for electronic gear. A newly remodeled Brookstone on D sells all sorts of fascinating gadgets, and Java City in Terminal A/B serves up up-scale coffees. May 12, 2006

British Airways

If you're flying British Airways domestically within the United Kingdom know that you're going to have to check yourself in from now on using the carrier's Web site, or its in-airport kiosks. Check-in desks are being converted into "fast bag drop" facilities, but there will still be staff there to help. May 12, 2006

Dallas/Fort Worth

Dallas/Ft. Worth International Board of Directors unanimously approved an expanded Air Service Incentive Program to entice new international passenger, international cargo and domestic passenger service to the airport. The new program will be capped at $7 million per year and $20 million in total through December 2009. In addition to service incentives, it includes landing fee rebates and marketing support. DFW said each new daily international passenger flight can generate upward of $350 million in annual revenues for the North Texas economy. The airport first announced its Carrier Support Program in September 1999 and credits the program with helping to facilitate new services like Korean Air's flights to Seoul, American Airlines' flights to Zurich and American Eagle's to Torreon. May 10, 2006

Dallas/Fort Worth hopes fee rebates lure carriers. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is launching an incentive plan to get carriers to bring more service. The airport will offer up to $1.2 million in landing fee rebates and marketing support for the most lucrative flights.

May 8, 2006

Denver International

At Denver International, construction of the fourth module of the parking garage will begin in June. The new module will add about 2,000 spaces to the 38,000-plus public parking spaces currently available at DIA. Project will take about 18 months to complete. Also, as part of the airport's miscellaneous road improvement contract, about 400 spaces will be added to the Airside Employee Parking Lot on 78th Avenue. May 12, 2006

Detroit Metro

More much-needed Customs and Immigration capability is planned for Detroit Metro. The Wayne County Airport Authority is adding four new passenger control booths to the North Terminal, the one used by British Airways and Lufthansa. The facility is also getting a second baggage claim area. May 12, 2006

Dubai

Dubai's growth continues and it remains to be seen if it is sustainable. Two projects were formally announced last week, both tied in with the state's national airline Emirates. What is claimed to be the world's largest airport project is under way, part of Dubai World Central, a plan to invest $33bn in the project in Jebel Ali to include massive cargo facilities, a 36-hole golf course, and residential and commercial precincts in a 54 sq. mile (140 sq. km) area. The airport would have a capacity of 120m per annum with up to six 4500km runways. There will be three terminals, including one dedicated to Emirates and one to budget airlines. Dubai International, which handled 24m passengers in 2005, much the same as Stansted, will continue as the main gateway for most airlines. A few days earlier, Emirates announced plans to build a futuristic twin tower 77-storey hotel set to become a new Dubai landmark along Sheikh Zayed Road. http://www.dubaiairport.com May 14, 2006

Houston Bush

Flyers frequenting Houston's Bush Intercontinental and Hobby Airports will be able to zip through high-speed toll lanes - if they rent a car from Avis or Budget. The charge: $2 per day - plus any tolls you rack up. The Avis and Budget system employs cameras to record the license plate number and then bill the vehicle's owner. May 12, 2006

Houston Hobby

Enjoy a PFC-free Houston Hobby while you can. The close-in pocketport implements a $3 passenger facility charge this October. To be fair, HOU is one of the few remaining airports in America that hasn't adopted the charge. Money would go, in part, to help fund new perimeter fencing (important in these post-September 11th days), a new 9,400-space parking garage, and upgrade instrument landing capabilities on Runway 4L-22R (airport runways are designated by compass alignment). That improvement is especially important because of the Bayou City's often wet weather. May 12, 2006

Kansas City

Got to have a Margarita? Jose Cuervo Tequileria in Terminal B at Kansas City International serves up a very nice one. Looking for a place to get some work done at the airport and grab a bite? The Expedia.Com Cafe can be found in Terminal C. It offers Wi-Fi and outlet plugs. May 12, 2006

London Heathrow

London Heathrow T5 new 600-guest room Sofitel branded hotel is now under way. Celebrities including Sir Cliff Richard (left) , Cilla Black and Des O'Connor joined Surinder Arora, chairman of Arora International, the actual hotel operators, in a groundbreaking ceremony last week. Costing [pounds sterling]180m the Sofitel London Heathrow will be the only hotel at Terminal 5 and is due to open in March 2008 to coincide with the new terminal. Conference facilities will be capable of accommodating up to 1,500 delegates in the largest meeting room or 1,000 for banquets, award ceremonies and product launches. An additional 30 meeting rooms will be available with independent foyers allowing various types and sizes of events to occur simultaneously. The hotel will be directly linked to Terminal 5 by bridges. http://www.baa.com May 14, 2006

Virgin Atlantic just opened a superb, newly renovated Clubhouse lounge at London Heathrow. The $16.5 million, 8,000-square-foot place is more like a resort than a typical airport lounge. It features a spa pool, multi-screen cinema, Cowshed Spa, concierge service, rooftop garden, game room and lots of gourmet dining. There's also a hair salon provided by Bumble and bumble. The Clubhouse is set aside for Virgin's Upper Class flyers. May 12, 2006

Miami International

Looks like Miami International's new South Terminal won't open until the first quarter of 2007. It was slated to debut in the last quarter of 2006. The reason: design changes. May 12, 2006

Moscow

Flying out of Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport any time soon? Know that you could well face a lie detector test before boarding. The measure should be in place by July. The test lasts about a minute. Fail it and you'll be taken to a cubicle for, ah, more intense questioning. May 12, 2006

New York

Infrared deicing catches on at some airports. Infrared airplane deicing technology was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration in 1997 and is starting to catch on in the industry. New York's John F. Kennedy Airport uses the technology, which evaporates ice and snow without harming an aircraft. May 8, 2006

Phoenix Sky Harbor

The government has given the go-ahead for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to embark on some much-needed improvement projects. Now, the city council must act. The main proposed project is a new 33-gate West Terminal. This would mean the demolition of the current Terminal 2. Also up for consideration by the council: extension of the automated people lover system, realignment of Sky Harbor Boulevard, the construction of two new taxiways, and improvements to Terminal 4's International Concourse. May 12, 2006

Sacramento

Sacramento approves airport wine bar. Sacramento's Board of Supervisors approved a wine bar in Terminal A of Sacramento's International Airport. Travelers will be able to do wine tastings, or purchase wine by the glass, bottle, or case. "We are the gateway to two or three great wine regions," said airport spokeswoman Cheryl Marcell. "We think it's a great way to showcase some local products. May 12, 2006

US Airways

US Airways to improve Philadelphia hub. Improving its Philadelphia hub is a top priority for US Airways. The airline will spend $20 million on the airport, which generates nearly 20% of its revenue. May 9, 2006
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