GAMA—General Aviation Manufacturers Assn. reports that third quarter numbers for general aviation shipments and billings rose 1.7 percent to 2,909 units, with billings for new airplanes rising to $15.1 billion. Shipments of piston-engine airplanes dropped to 1,857 units, down from 1,975 airplanes last year. Turboprop shipments increased 14.5 percent, growing from 256 airplanes in 2006 to 293 units this year. Business jets were up, with shipments totaling 759 units, a 20.9 percent increase.
HMS HOST CORP.—is awarded a lease extension at the Kahului Airport in Maui through 2013, and will introduce four new dining venues including Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill, a new island style café developed in partnership with local Maui resident Sammy Hagar.
• HMSHost Corporation also opens a youth-run gourmet coffee shop, Training Grounds, at Oakland Int’l Airport.
HUDSON GROUP—is awarded two retail concessions contracts by the Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR) to bring national brands and authentic local concepts to the airport’s Domestic Terminal and Transborder areas.
PANAMA CITY (FL)—initiates the construction phase of its new state-of-the-art international airport on a 4,000-acre site donated by The St. Joe Company.
THE PARADIES SHOPS—wins a contract extension at Sarasota Bradenton Int’l Airport to operate three new stores through 2022, adding a CNBC Sarasota Bradenton, a Gulf Coast TravelMart, and a PGA TOUR Shop.
PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ—officially takes over control of Stewart Int’l Airport in Newburgh.
RALEIGH DURHAM INT’L—is reportedly a finalist for the expansion and/or relocation of NetJets, which has major operations in Columbus, OH and New Jersey.
U.S. DOT—awards some $9 million in grants to 26 communities to promote local air services via the Small Community Air Service Development Program.
Part of the terminal was built in 1952. It's inefficiently designed, poorly insulated and dirty, according to a 2-year-old study.
Charter and private plane business is growing nationwide, spurred by an unwillingness by those who can afford it to wait in long lines for airport security, general aviators say.
Expansion of Drury Lane into a four-lane highway has been blocked by opponents worried that development would ruin the fields and woods west of the airport.