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Airlines want general aviation to pay their share of ATC costs. Airlines think general aviation users should pay their fair share to support the nation's air traffic control system. Meanwhile, companies that manufacture small jets say higher fees will harm their market by making smaller planes less affordable. Jun 9, 2006

Airports should not endorse Registered Traveler, ATA says. The Air Transport Association has asked airports not to endorse the Transportation Security Administration's Registered Traveler program. The ATA believes the program will shift resources away from other security programs and hurt travelers who decide not to participate. "We are also very concerned that the service providers and the TSA will overcommit and underdeliver at a high cost to some of our best customers," ATA President and CEO James May wrote in a letter. Jun 8, 2006

Airlines request airports not endorse the Registered Traveler program: ATA sent letters to the directors of the top 79 U.S. airports, expressing opposition to the Registered Traveler program. The letters specifically request that the airports not endorse the RT program. Jun 7, 2006

Airports offer services, technology to business fliers. For many travelers, airports double as remote offices. Some airports offer conference rooms, copiers and fax machines. Some allow travelers to rent laptops. "Business travelers need these services," said Jenni Bowring-McDonough, a spokeswoman for Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. "People don't want to be unplugged in the airport. Time is too valuable." Jun 6, 2006

BAA, Ferrovial

Ferrovial closer to BAA takeover after Goldman Sachs withdraws. Ferrovial Group moved closer to completing its takeover of BAA yesterday as rival Goldman Sachs pulled out after the Spanish firm purchased an additional 12.9% of the UK airports operator's shares.Goldman had been considering increasing its rival bid for BAA but announced yesterday that it no longer was interested after Ferrovial upped its stake to 28.7%. BAA's board endorsed Ferrovial's final bid of [pounds sterling]10.1 billion ($19 billion) Tuesday, but Goldman had until June 16 to increase its rejected counter-bid, which was slightly higher than the Ferrovial offer. The Spanish firm's control of more than a quarter of BAA's shares, however, diminished the chances that another bidder could woo shareholders. BAA's board also would have had to pay Ferrovial a [pounds sterling]115 million "break fee" if it switched its endorsement to Goldman, another factor that did not favor the US investment firm. Jun 9, 2006

BAA, Ferrovial

BAA urges shareholder approval of Ferrovial's revised 'attractive' takeover bid. BAA's board accepted Ferrovial Group's increased bid for the airports company early Tuesday and is recommending that shareholders approve the Spanish firm's takeover by a June 26 deadline. Jun 7, 2006

BAA, Ferrovial

Ferrovial Group continues to push BAA shareholders to accept its hostile takeover bid and reportedly made a push Friday for a minority stake in the airports operator ahead of today's final bid deadline. Citing sources in Spain, Reuters reported that Ferrovial adviser Citigroup was purchasing BAA shares and hoped to acquire a 15% stake. Today is the deadline for the Spanish firm to make a final offer. Goldman Sachs reportedly is considering a rival bid. Ferrovial already has increased its offer to [pounds sterling]9.73 billion ($18.09 billion), but BAA executives insist that bid undervalues the company and should be rejected by shareholders. If Ferrovial is able to gain a significant stake via Citigroup, however, it could boost its chances of convincing other shareholders to support the takeover. Jun 5, 2006


Alternatives to new Boston taxiway would not cut noise, FAA report finds. A Federal Aviation Administration report supports building a new taxiway at Boston's Logan International Airport. The report states that alternatives to the taxiway would not significantly curtail noise or pollution in neighborhoods near the airport. Jun 9, 2006

Boston Logan

Boston's Logan decides against Registered Traveler. Officials at Boston's Logan International Airport have decided not to participate in the Registered Traveler program. The benefits the program would provide are not worth the $100 it would cost travelers to enroll, officials said. Jun 8, 2006


Dallas may purchase vacant Love Field terminal. The Dallas City Council will study buying or condemning a vacant terminal at Dallas Love Field. Purchasing the gates would reduce the size of the airport. It could also help the city find a compromise to the dispute over the Wright Amendment, a law that limits flying from Love Field. Jun 8, 2006

Indianapolis Airport

Indianapolis Airport delays Registered Traveler program. Indianapolis Airport has delayed the introduction of the Registered Traveler program while airport officials wait for the Transportation Security Administration to issue its final guidelines for the program. The Air Transport Association sent a letter to airport directors urging them not to endorse the Registered Traveler program. "The reasons for our opposition are straightforward; as currently designed, the program will unnecessarily drain limited TSA resources and detract from the agency's ability to craft more comprehensive programs benefiting all travelers," wrote James May, ATA's president and CEO. Jun 7, 2006

Kansas City

Kansas City airport gets five explosives detectors. Kansas City International Airport has received five new machines for detecting explosives. The machines, which cost $350,000 each, use X-Ray and CT scan technology. Jun 6, 2006

London Heathrow

SkyTeam has officially confirmed that it is to move its member airlines to Heathrow T4 in 2008. Skyteam Alliance passengers number around 3.5m each year. Airlines included in the new deployment include Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, Czech Airlines and Korean Air, who join KLM already established in the terminal. In another move Skyteam is to become the official carrier for the 2007 Paris Air Show. This agreement comes less than a month after the initial launch of the new SkyTeam Global Meetings product, and is the launch client. Jun 11, 2006

London Stansted

Stansted is to have a new [pounds sterling]2.5m Public Transport Interchange (PTI). Construction is to start on a new facility, which will replace the existing bus and coach station with updated facilities including additional ticket desks, a 136-seat waiting room, coffee shop and improved information boards for transport services. Foster and Partners, responsible for the original airport design, has been retained. One useful feature will be an overarching canopy, the roof built from similar material to that used at Cornwall's Eden Project. It is estimated that 39% of Stansted's passengers currently use public transport in their travel to and from the airport with local bus patronage growing by 150% in the last three years. For those who have not been to the airport in recent months please note that continuing work in the lower (short term) parking area continues as well as the work on the M11 and due allowance should be made. Jun 11, 2006

Nottingham East Midlands Airport

Nottingham East Midlands Airport (near Derby), has at last gained a British Airways operation, albeit the regional service now known as BA Connect. In fact the services are actually operated by GB Airways, the former Gibraltar Airways, which has enjoyed a highly successful franchise partnership with British Airways for 15 years and currently flies as BA to 35 destinations. Tenerife South will be operated by an Airbus A320 series aircraft on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 31 October. Starting on the same day, and operating on the same day, BA Connect (nee GB Airways) will also start services from Bristol to Tenerife South. On 1 September BA Connect (again with GB Airways) will introduce Tenerife South flights from Manchester, and as with the routings from EMA and BRI will offer a single class cabin on all aircraft and high-quality, buy on board hot and cold catering. All tickets qualify for Executive Club frequent flyer points and BA Miles. Jun 11, 2006

Oneworld, Tokyo, Narita, Japan Airlines

Oneworld formally invites JAL, commits to Narita consolidation. Japan Airlines on Sunday in Paris received a formal invitation to join the oneworld alliance seven months after the world's largest unaligned carrier announced its intentions. The mainline will be integrated by early next year and JAL Group members JALways, Japan Asia Airways, JAL Express, J-Air and Japan Transocean Air will join as affiliate members. American Airlines is JAL's principal sponsor assisted by Cathay Pacific Airways. JAL and its affiliates will add 47 destinations to oneworld's network. Following Star Alliance's lead, oneworld will consolidate its operations at Tokyo Narita's Terminal 2. Most members of Star will operate out of T1. Qantas and JAL already are housed in T2 and AA, Cathay and Finnair will relocate from T1 in 2007 and build their own lounges. BA will remain in T1. Narita spent $10 million to upgrade T2 last year. A $170 million investment starting this year will include a refurbishment of the check-in and security screening area, more user-friendly flight information displays, increased shopping areas and two new gates, bringing T2's total to 30. Jun 6, 2006

Seattle airport

Seattle airport addressing ground damage incidents. According to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport reports, ground damage incidents remain a persistent problem for airlines flying in and out of Seattle. The airport is working with all the airlines to set up a protocol for reporting incidents, reviewing safety trends, and installing a laser docking system and underground pipes for refueling. Jun 9, 2006

Singapore Changi

Singapore Changi Terminal 3 has now been topped out and should be ready for operations in two years time. Costing $1.75bn it will be the largest terminal at the Southeast Asia hub and according to the operators covers the same area as 63 soccer pitches. The unique roof - the first at an airport - features 900 skylights fitted with reflector panels to regulate lighting within the terminal, and it is expected to help cut electricity bills by $500,000 a year. Another highlight is a 5 story high vertical garden called the "Green Wall". Upon completion shuttle trains will links the seven stations within the three airport terminals and a high-speed baggage transfer system is also being introduced. Terminal 3 will have a handling capacity of 20m passengers a year, boosting Changi capacity to 64m. Here we see an artist's impression. Jun 11, 2006 Southwest Airlines

Window for appealing Wright is closing: Time is running out for Southwest Airlines' effort to repeal the Wright Amendment, the federal law limiting flying from Dallas Love Field. Congress is scheduled to adjourn in October and a tight election-year congressional calendar will make it hard to take up the Wright Amendment. Jun 8, 2006

Southwest Airlines

New terminal in Baltimore lives up to expectations. The Southwest Airlines terminal at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is running well a year after it opened. "It's made such a huge impact with customers and with employees," said Steve Goldberg, Southwest's BWI station manager. "You can see it in their faces when they walk in. Everything in here is easy." Jun 5, 2006

Tokyo Narita Airport

OneWorld has quickly followed rival Star in upgrading its facility at Tokyo Narita Airport. With Japan Air Lines due to become a member in early 2007 it is consolidating its operations in Terminal 2 where JAL has its main international hub. A five-year $170m upgrade plan is under way. This will entail refurbishing the entire check-in area, including installing new counters and self-service kiosks and introducing new more user-friendly security screening processes. It will also install easier-to-read flight information displays, providing information in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean. The program will also add two more pier-served gates, taking the terminal's total to 30, and expand provisions for landside and airside shopping. Last year the airport authority spent $10m on Terminal 2, providing more space for new airline lounges and expanding the shopping. American Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qantas plan to build their own lounges for premium passengers, with JAL upgrading its existing lounges. Jun 11, 2006

Toronto Pearson

Toronto's Pearson tops world's landing fees. Toronto's Pearson International Airport trumped Tokyo's Narita as the most expensive place globally to land a plane, according to an annual survey. In 2005, it cost $10,986 to land a Boeing 747 jetliner at the Toronto airport. Jun 7, 2006

United Airlines

United will stop serving Chicago Midway. United Airlines will end service to Chicago's Midway International Airport on Sept. 5 because of "limited customer interest," a United spokesman said. American Airlines last month said it would stop Midway service Sept 1. Jun 7, 2006
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