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aviation resiliency project — launches at JFK Int’l Airport’s Terminal 4. The initiative is geared toward improving customer service by helping airline and airport workers to develop “resiliency skills” to handle the pressures of a busy air travel system.

bts — Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), part of DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reports that the 20 airlines reporting on-time performance with DOT recorded an on-time arrival rate of 73.4 percent in 2007, down from their 75.4 percent mark in 2006.

Canadian Airports Council — urges the Minister of Finance to adopt the recommendation of the finance standing committee that would see legal changes allowing for the introduction of Arrivals Duty Free in Canada. CAC urges the minister to act on submissions made to the committee on airport rent and the Air Travelers’ Security Charge, which CAC maintains puts Canadian airports at a competitive disadvantage.

Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County (CA) Airport — officials want to make a pitch for more Marin travelers to use Santa Rosa as an alternative to flying from San Francisco or Oakland.

Cleveland Hopkins Int’l Airport — chooses BAA USA to become its developer of retail, food, and beverage concessions and establish an Airmall®. BAA has already established Airmalls at Pittsburgh Int’l, Baltimore/Washington Int’l Thurgood Marshall, and Boston Logan.
Continental connection — begins 18 weekly round-trip flights between Naples, Fla. and Tampa.

Dane County Regional airport — launches a new advertising campaign to increase the awareness of airline destination availability and emphasize the ease of use of local airport facilities.

dayjet — adds Naples, FL and Savannah, GA to its DayPort™ service network. Company projects the communities will receive a total annual economic impact in excess of $10 million each from the DayJet service within its first three years of operation.

Delaware North Com-panies — Travel Hospitality Services opens two new locations of the Tootsies Orchid Lounge at Nashville Int’l Airport. The bar and restaurant is an offshoot of the famous Nashville honky tonk.

Denver Int’l Airport — names Kim Day, an aviation consultant and former executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, its new aviation manager at Denver International Airport. Day succeeds Turner West, who is retiring.
• Denver’s parking garages are undergoing a four-phase moisture protection program implemented by Walker Restoration Consultants.

Embraer — selects Rosen Aviation, in partnership with Heads Up Technologies and Mid Continent Controls, as the standard in-flight entertainment system supplier for the Phenom 100 and 300 aircraft. The center-point of the system is the RosenView VX combo unit, a world-wide moving map, DVD player, and audio video switching system.

Emirates Airlines — begins daily nonstop service from Houston’s George Bush Int’l Airport to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

faa — Office of Airports releases its Environmental Desk Reference for Airport Actions, a companion to Order 5050.4B and which summarizes applicable special purpose laws in one location for convenience and quick reference; www.faa.gov/airports_airtraffic/airports/environmental/environmental_desk_ref/.

flight school 2008 — an executive workshop for start-ups in air and space in conjunction with Imaginova, will take place June 4 to 6 in Boulder, CO. After the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to take a Zero-G flight; www.aviation.com/flightschool.

Ft. Lauderdale-hollywood int’l airport — administrators are accused by Broward County auditors of skirting purchasing rules and trying to award business without a bid. Airport wanted Broward County commissioners earlier this week to expand an $8 million contract to redesign Terminal 4 and to separate an additional $1 million contract to oversee construction. County auditors accuse the airport of widespread purchasing mismanagement, saying deals are expanded to avoid bidding and that officials improperly influence the hiring of subcontractors. Airport executives and their superiors in county administration say it’s necessary because of construction and purchasing schedules.

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