PORT AUTHORITY FIGHTS DOT SLOT AUCTIONS
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is fighting to block a Bush administration plan to try to reduce flight delays around the country through an experimental auction of slots at its airports. The authority issued a legal notice stating it will not accept any flights at its three major airports — JFK, Newark Liberty Int’l, and LaGuardia — that are the target of slot auctions.
The agency claims that, as the airport manager, it has the right to disallow departures or arrivals that are issued by auction or similar process. Under the plan, DOT will require carriers at the three airports to auction off some of their existing slots over the next five years and possibly retire others, in combination with limits on the number of flights at peak hours at those airports.
HAWKER BEECHCRAFT COMPLETES SALE OF FBOS
Hawker Beechcraft Corp. (HBC) completes the sale of the majority of its wholly owned fuel and line operations to BBA Aviation, parent of Signature Flight Support. The sale, announced in February, allows Hawker Beechcraft Services to greater concentrate on its core business – aircraft maintenance, repair, avionics, and modifications – and invest in the further expansion of its existing service centers, according to the company. The sale includes FBO operations at seven U.S. locations in Atlanta; Houston; San Antonio; Indianapolis; Tampa; Wichita; and Van Nuys, CA. HBC will retain its factory-owned HBS maintenance and customer support facilities located at these locations. Operations at Little Rock, Chester, England, and Toluca, Mexico are not affected.
BOSTON: AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY RUNWAY
Boston Logan Int’l Airport will be the first airport in the nation to use environmentally friendly asphalt on a runway repaving project, following a vote by Massport to spend $6.3 million on Runway 4R/22L to use so-called “warm mix’’ asphalt which is heated to between 250 and 275 degrees, some 75 to 50 degrees less than traditional “hot mix” asphalt. The difference results in the reduction of nearly 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide, A savings of about 200,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and produce an energy savings of some 26.4 billion BTUs. Another environmental benefit is up to 20 percent of the new asphalt will be made from recycled asphalt.
ACI — Airports Council Int’l, based in Geneva, reports that nearly 1.55 billion passengers arrived and departed from North American airports in 2007, a 3.5 percent increase from the previous year. In contrast, cargo decreased by 1.1 percent while total operations also decreased by 0.9 percent. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Int’l Airport stayed on top with over 89 million passengers, followed by Chicago O’Hare (76 million), and Los Angeles Int’l Airport (62 million). Memphis Int’l Airport remained the largest cargo airport, handling over 3.8 million metric tons.
Air Travel Consumer Report — by the U.S. DOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics says the 19 carriers reporting on-time performance recorded an overall on-time arrival rate of 70.8 percent in June, higher than June 2007’s 68.1 percent but down from May 2008’s 79.0 percent.
Albany County Airport Authority — delays a decision for upgrading its food and beverage concessions for six locations at its terminal facility.
Allegiant Air — will offer nonstop service to Phoenix-Mesa from Great Falls, MT beginning Oct. 23 with introductory fares as low as $89 each way.
ALPA — Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l Airport and Ground Environment (AGE) Group selects Boston Logan Int’l Airport as the 2008 “Airport of the Year” at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Group selected Logan because of the airport’s extensive efforts to reduce runway incursions and excursions through enhanced markings and technologies, its new physical improvements that reduce congestion and delays, its collaborative efforts to improve safety, and its multi-faceted approach to emergency exercises.