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Bangkok Don Muang Airport

Bangkok's venerable Don Muang Airport closes to regular commercial traffic September 28, and the city's cutting-edge Suvarnabhumi International supplants it. Aug 30, 2006

Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport Authority announced yesterday details of the new [euro]395 million ($505.7 million) Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport scheduled to begin construction in the second quarter of 2007 and open in the fall of 2009, at which point it will be capable of handling 15 million passengers annually. The three-story, 75,000-sq.-m. facility will raise yearly passenger capacity at DUB to 35 million and "will feature large airy spaces in areas such as check-in, baggage reclaim, security and the departures lounge" along with "dedicated facilities to meet the needs of business travelers and families traveling with young children," DAA said. Total investment is [euro]600 million, which will include a new 24,000-sq.-m. pier building, road and utility upgrades and other projects. DAA also plans to build a new parallel runway and an extension to Terminal 1 over the next 10 years. Aer Lingus will be the primary tenant of T2. Aug 31, 2006

Fredericksburg

Aviation Daily reports that Richmond is targeting flyers in the southern D.C. exurbs, in places like fast-growing Fredericksburg. That northern Virginia city is 52 miles via I-95 from RIC, and 45 miles from Reagan Washington National. Trust us, the trip headed north on I-95 to DCA can take a lot longer than the one south to Richmond International. Another RIC advantage: On-airport parking goes for $6 to $10 per day. Aug 30, 2006

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Liverpool, which already is the home of John Lennon International Airport, and much Beatle memorabilia, is now to have a four-star Hard Day's Night Hotel. The [pounds sterling]17m property - set to open in autumn 2007 - is located on the corner of Mathew Street, just yards from the famous Cavern Club where the Beatles first shot to fame. A stunning refurbished Grade II listed building, dating back to 1844, the Hard Day's Night Hotel incorporates the Beatles' story into its design. Acclaimed Beatles' artist, Shannon, has been commissioned to create more than 110 pieces of original artwork. Offering the luxury and comfort of a four-star boutique hotel with a twist, Hard Day's Night is four story's tall and features 110 bedrooms, including executive rooms and two penthouse suites with panoramic views of Liverpool. http://www.harddaysnighthotel.com Sep 2, 2006

London BAA

London BAA dismisses airlines' call for breakup. BAA fought back against airline calls for its breakup, saying the lack of runway capacity in southeast England and not its control of London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports is "the biggest problem" facing UK carriers and passengers. BAA made a submission yesterday to the UK Office of Fair Trading, which is investigating its dominance in the London market and its control of other UK airports. British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet made submissions to OFT last week arguing for a reduction BAA's role in London. Sep 1, 2006

London Stansted

London Stansted users should note that a US$3.8/[pounds sterling]2.1m scheme to provide dedicated left-turn lanes to improve access from the M11 at Stansted Airport (junction 8) starts today (Monday 4 September). The work is due to be completed by Friday 15 December. There will be overnight closures of the A120. Work will be taking place during daytime off-peak hours from 0930 to 1530 and overnight from 2000 to 0400 each day when a 40 mph speed restriction will be in place. Allowances should be made in getting to the airport. http://www.gnn.gov.uk/environment/detail.asp?ReleaseID=223276&NewsAreaID=2&NavigatedFromDepartment=True Sep 2, 2006

Nashville International

Nashville International to introduce a bunch of new eateries. In the offing at BNA: Starbucks, Jack Daniels Tennessee Tavern, the Gibson (as in guitar) Cafe, Nashville Delicatessen, Province Breads and Cafe, and Quiznos Subs. Aug 30, 2006

New York La Guardia

FAA seeks to eliminate LGA slots, force airlines to operate larger aircraft. US FAA is seeking to institute a new traffic control mechanism at New York LaGuardia that would eliminate the current slot system and encourage airlines to operate larger aircraft into the crowded airport. The agency's proposed rule, which would take effect on Jan. 1, maintains the current hourly limit of 75 scheduled flights, but instead of airlines using slots to operate those flights FAA would create "operating authorizations" that would be granted "based on historic usage." The authorizations could be taken away if carriers use too many regional jets. Unlike slots, which give carriers the right to operate a given number of flights, holders of operating authorizations would be required to meet aircraft size targets and would be penalized if their aircraft are deemed too small. Aug 29, 2006

Phoenix Sky Harbor

Considering the new security requirements, this one comes just in time. There's a new six-lane security checkpoint in Terminal 2 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International. By moving the checkpoint to the west side of the lobby planners hope to avoid lines that used to extend into the baggage claim and ticketing areas. That was a bit messy. Aug 30, 2006

Seattle-Tacoma International

Seattle-Tacoma International continues to add more gadgetry. Now it permits arrival/departure info to be accessed by wireless PDAs or MS Windows-enabled cell phones. Passengers can select Arrival or Departure information, and then search by a number of criteria: airline, flight number, city, date or time of day. The URL for PDAs is identical to that of the traditional desktop Web site (The system will detect that a PDA is accessing the site, and automatically reformat the data for the smaller screen): http://hosting.portseattle.org/fids/flightinfo.aspx. Aug 30, 2006

SkyMeals

SkyMeals based in Long Beach delivers in insulated tote bags, meals individually packaged, to those airports or offices, homes, hotels or other locations. There's nothing in the bags that's prohibited by the new TSA restrictions, either. Orders need to be placed by 3:00 p.m. the day before the date of departure. Fare is fancy as are prices: a Salt & Pepper Roast Beef sandwich with Arugula, bacon, roasted tomato and caramelized red onion marmalade on a rustic roll is $26.95 or a Seafood Club with grilled shrimp, grilled salmon, bacon, tomato, lettuce and dilled aioli on rustic roll is $28.50. Among other entree choices is Flash-Seared Ahi Tuna with wasabi aioli, sesame-ginger dressing, jicama, orange and cilantro salad, cucumber, zucchini and avocado ($28.95) or brown sugar-glazed Alaskan salmon with marinated primavera salad and vegetable orzo on red oak leaf lettuce ($27.75). Available to passengers with a desire to dine in style even when flying in coach out of the major southern California airports - LAX, Long Beach, John Wayne and Burbank. Aug 30, 2006
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