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Lambert-St. Louis Int’l Airport < begins the most intense phase of its Airport Experience renovations in April with the launch of multiple construction projects in Terminal 1. The historic 1934 Monocoupe D-145 plane (once owned by Charles Lindbergh), on display over the C Concourse Checkpoint, will be removed so construction can begin on the relocation of the C Checkpoint. The plane will be restored over the next 12 months before being re-installed.

Air Berlin < is increasing service between Southwest Florida Int’l Airport (RSW) and Düsseldorf (DUS) for the summer, with four weekly flights to RSW effective July 25 through Sept. 12, using A330 aircraft.

Signature Flight Support < opens its Middle East sales office in Bahrain and appoints Karl Bowles as Sales Manager, Middle East. 

Duncan Aviation < at Lincoln, NE announces paint expansion plans for its Lincoln facility, adding a new aircraft paint facility with 45,000 square feet to the existing 440,000-sq. ft. facility.

TriState CareFlight < an air ambulance and medical helicopter service with bases throughout the region, opens a base at Taos Regional Airport.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans Int’l Airport < adds non-stop service to Baltimore-Washington and Nashville on Southwest Airlines and new non-stop service to Kansas City, MO on Delta Air Lines.

Spirit Airlines < is expanding its network of ultra-low fares in Mexico with the introduction of service to Toluca, subject to foreign government approval, Spirit will operate two non-stop flights per week between Ft. Lauderdale and Toluca Int’l Airport on June 3, 2011.

 • Spirit also starts non-stop service between Chicago’s O’Hare Int’l Airport and Atlantic City, as well as service between FLL and Charleston, SC.

Delks Valley Oil < previously a veteran provider and supplier of aviation fuels and related services, announces the formation of Paragon Aviation Group. The new company will represent a group of  independent FBOs and small chains and deliver benefits to members through leverage in buying power.  Each FBO joining PAG will undergo a comprehensive audit of facility and services;

Sustainable Aviation Guidance Alliance < a coalition of aviation interests that assists airports in planning, implementing, and maintaining airport sustainability programs, is the recipient of the 2011 Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award. Formed in 2008, SAGA’s primary product is a database of airport sustainability programs and practices, including policies, technologies, and strategies that may help a  user ( airport, contractor, or tenant) meet sustainability goals.

NAV CANADA < concludes collective bargaining with the Canadian Automobile Workers Local 2245, which represents some 750 employees working primarily in Flight Service Stations and Flight Information Centres.

Consumer Travel Alliance < in a study reports that consumers paid more than $9.2 billion in fees to U.S. airlines in 2010 for checked baggage and other services — fees that were hidden from most travelers when they purchased their airline tickets, because the airlines refuse to share their fee information with travel agents and other distributors.  On average, passengers paid a total of $36.80 in fees for every roundtrip ticket. 

RAA < Regional Airline Assn. voices strong support for the Essential Air Service program, which faces elimination in Federal Aviation Reauthorization bills moving through Congress.

LAX < dedicates its new Airport Response Coordination Center (ARCC), a $13.9-million facility that centralizes communications and streamlines management of the airport’s operations.

• Los Angeles World Airports also unveils a community hotline — 310-649-LAWA — to report a complaint, ask questions, and get information about construction projects underway at LAX.  

Bearskin Airlines < launches daily non-stop service between Waterloo Region and Montreal’s Trudeau Airport, with five flights each business day — three non-stop flights and two one-stop flights via Ottawa.  

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport < receives nearly $10 million in federal funding for a 30,000-sq. ft. terminal addition that includes two new gates and restrooms. When completed, the airport will have a total of eight gates.

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