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Briefings ACI-NA — Airports Council Int’l– North America, in comments on DOT’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding “Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections” (Docket No. DOT-OST-2007-0022), calls for ensuring that the final regulations...


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ACI-NA — Airports Council Int’l– North America, in comments on DOT’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding “Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections” (Docket No. DOT-OST-2007-0022), calls for ensuring that the final regulations protect all passengers, not just those flying on larger aircraft or into medium or large hub airports. ACI-NA calls on DOT to:

  • require any air carrier that operates domestic passenger service with aircraft or 30 or more seats to develop a contingency plan to address long tarmac delays for both scheduled and public charter operations;
  • mandate that airlines coordinate their plans with all airports at which they provide scheduled or charter service, not just large and medium hubs;
  • define a flight as “chronically delayed” if it’s operated at least 30 times in a calendar quarter, but change the percentage of arrivals more than 15 minutes late to 50 percent, not 70 percent of the time;
  • require all air carriers to adopt a customer service plan.

air berlin — is increasing service between Southwest Florida Int’l Airport and Düsseldorf, offering four weekly flights effective June 28.

AIRCRAFT MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC. — a full-service provider of aircraft management services for jet and turboprop owners, receives FAA Part 135 certification from FAA, becoming the first charter operator based out of the Pittsburgh Int’l Airport, located in the Atlantic Aviation FBO.

airforwarders assn. — executive director Brandon Fried testifies that despite significant progress being made in screening cargo on passenger planes, there are still major challenges ahead to safeguarding air cargo in the U.S., before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection. Brandon acknowledges the progress made in reaching the 50 percent milestone, but warns that there are challenges facing TSA in achieving the 100 percent screening mandate by the August 2010 deadline.  The most troublesome issue is the lack of funds beyond those provided to pilot program participants to purchase technology. 

AOPA — Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Airport Support Network (ASN) surpasses the 2,000 volunteer mark. Volunteers are AOPA’s eyes and ears at America’s community airports, helping the Frederick, Md.-based national organization stay informed about local airport issues.

arinc inc. — of Annapolis, MD selects Miami, FL as the Latin American Gateway for its GLOBALinkSM voice and data communications services, flight operations services, and installation and maintenance services, located south of Miami Int’l Airport.

atlanta hartsfield-jackson int’l airport — implements a concessions program for more than 70 new stores including the BlackBerry store, Ipod kiosks, InMotion which offers portable DVD players for rent, movies, and music, and an Electronic Gadgets store.

  • Georgia State Rep. Bob Smith -- (R-Watkinsville), wants to place city-run Hartsfield-Jackson Int’l under a state-controlled board, but has given up on the idea for this legislative session. Smith, sponsor of House Bill 644, said there is too little time left in the session to have the proposal fully considered. Smith said he will reintroduce the proposal next year. City and airport officials have critized the proposal.

baa ltd. — owner of the U.K.’s five busiest airports, faces being broken up after the country’s top antitrust regulator rules that the company must sell two hubs serving London and one in Scotland. The Competition Commission ordered BAA, a unit of Spanish builder Grupo Ferrovial SA, to dispose of London’s Gatwick and Stansted airports and terminals in either Edinburgh or Glasgow. All three disposals must be made within two years, the watchdog said in a Regulatory News Service statement.

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