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Oct 2, 2006

Airlines want fair distribution of ATC fees. Commercial airlines support a user fee system based on the idea that "a blip is a blip is a blip" on the radar screen. Air Transport Association President and CEO James May points out that a small private plane taxes the system just as much as a 737. The airlines pay most of the fees to support the system even though they use just 68% of its capacity, May notes. "I am happy to pay for 68% of ATC," May says. "All I am asking is that the others pay their share." Sep 29, 2006

Boarding process benefits from security rules. New airport security rules have smoothed the boarding process because more travelers are checking their bags. The rules restrict the amount of liquid fliers may take in their carry-on bags. "The boarding times have been cut down greatly. It's a lot less stressful," a Northwest Airlines flight attendant says. Sep 29, 2006

Airport sales helped by relaxed security rules. Sales are improving for airport retailers since the Transportation Security Administration eased rules banning liquids and gels on flights. Stores in terminals are stocking up on travel-sized toiletries and selling more beverages and liquid souvenirs. Sep 28, 2006

Airport spas offer opportunity to rest, relax. New airport spas give harried travelers a chance to relax before they dash to the gate. Boston Logan, Chicago O'Hare and New York John F. Kennedy are among the airports offering spa services. "The best thing you can do is condition yourself for the trip and prepare your body for the journey," says Moreton Binn, CEO of XpresSpa. Sep 28, 2006

More fliers do their shopping at the airport. Airport shops now offer everything from gourmet food to jewelry. Many airports overhauled their concession programs after Sept. 11, 2001, to keep costs lower for airlines while generating more revenue. "We have moved way beyond shot glasses," says Ann Ferraguto of AirProjects, a company that consults with airports about the best use of their space. Sep 28, 2006

Airports ease travelers' stress with new amenities. Some U.S. airports are trying to improve their reputation among travelers by offering amenities such as free wireless access and wine bars. Airports are also trying to ease travelers' security woes; Florida's Daytona Beach International Airport, for example, allows travelers to mail banned items home for free and provides clear plastic bags to help fliers sort their carry-on items. Sep 27, 2006

Runway investments pay off for FAA. Twelve new runways have opened at major airports since summer 2000. Kate Lang, FAA acting associate administrator for airports, says the runways can accommodate 1.6 million more annual operations and reduce average delays at the 12 airports by five minutes. Sep 27, 2006

Screeners, travelers adjust to relaxed rules on liquids. Travelers on Tuesday adjusted to the first day of new rules allowing small amounts of liquids and gels in their carry-on bags. Airport security screeners examine the liquids and gels, which must be in containers of 3 ounces or less and fit in a single clear one-quart, plastic, zip-top bag. The new rules increased wait times at some large airports, Transportation Security Administration officials said. Sep 27, 2006

Wright compromise continues to cause debate. A Wright Amendment compromise will face a court battle even if lawmakers in Washington approve it this week. The agreement will cut the number of available gates at Dallas Love Field to 20 from 32. The group that owns the terminal where the unused gates are located has sued, and it launched a lobbying effort that resulted in the Senate removing an antitrust exemption from its version of the bill. Sep 25, 2006

Kentucky Blue Grass Airport

Lawyers, aviation experts inspect Kentucky airport. Lawyers and aviation experts on Wednesday inspected runways and taxiways at Kentucky Blue Grass Airport where a Comair plane crashed last month. One expert said the Lexington airport's lighting and signs are deficient, but officials say the airport exceeds Federal Aviation Administration requirements. Sep 28, 2006

Munich Airport

Most flights landed and took off on time. "Some had 15 to 20 minutes delays, but all planes left NBK with the baggage of their passengers," Munich Airport COO Peter Trautmann said in Bangkok. Munich Airport coordinated the airport transfer for Airports of Thailand and started planning for the relocation in August 2004. Sep 29, 2006

San Francisco

San Francisco airport first in e-passport program. San Francisco International Airport now accepts new passports embedded with computer chips containing a traveler's photograph and data. Federal officials say the airport is the first in the U.S. to accept the new passport and is one of 33 test sites around the world. Sep 29, 2006

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