ACI-NA—Airports Council Int’l–North America selects San Francisco Int’l, Portland Int’l, and Dane County (WI) Regional airports as winners of its 2007 Environmental Achievement Awards. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport also won a special recognition award. The Environmental Management Award was given to SFO; the Outreach-Education-Community Involvement award was given to Portland; and the Mitigation Award went to Dane County Regional.
CANADIAN AIRPORTS COUNCIL (CAC)—based in Ottawa applauds the government’s decision to “stay the course” for the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), keeping responsibility for CATSA with the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. The CAC says CATSA should remain a crown corporation, with its focus on passenger screening, hold baggage screening, and non-passenger screening.
CLEVELAND HOPKINS INT’L AIRPORT—says it is owed $5.4 million in back property taxes (since 1990) from concessions provider HMSHost. City says HMSHost was never billed and it’s unclear why reimbursement was never sought.
CONCORD (NC) BUCHANAN FIELD—breaks ground for a 33,000-sq. ft. jet hangar, part of an overall effort to attract business aviation. In March, it broke ground on a separate 40,000 sq. ft. jet center that will house seven to 15 jets and offer full-service amenities.
DFW INT’L AIRPORT—is honored with the 2007 Airport Safety Award given by the Flight Safety Foundation, for leadership and achievements benefiting aviation safety, both at the airport and in the wider aviation community. The award was given in Seoul, South Korea during the Flight Safety Foundation’s 60th annual International Air Safety Seminar.
D.O.T SECRETARY MARY E. PETERS—announces that Captain Henry P. (Hank) Krakowski is selected to serve as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the FAA’s air traffic organization. Krakowski will oversee the operational and financial performance of the air traffic control system and the FAA’s research and acquisition programs. His background includes flying, labor relations, air traffic, and scheduling. Position was previously held by Russ Chew, now with JetBlue.
FAYETTEVILLE (NC) REGIONAL AIRPORT—completes improvements as part of its third phase of a terminal renovation. The $2.2 million facelift also includes glossy terrazzo floors and new carpeting on the ground floor and main concourse, as well as new lights, signs, and a conference room.
FEDEX EXPRESS—a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. donates a Boeing 727-200 freighter to the DFW Int’l Airport’s Department of Public Safety Fire Training Center to provide hands-on training experience for aircraft firefighters. Since opening in 1995, the center has trained more than 5,800 firefighters, including representatives from state and federal agencies such as the FBI, DEA and Texas Division of Emergency Management. Since 2000, FedEx has donated 30 of its Boeing 727 aircraft to various organizations for educational purposes.
HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL—approves, in a controversial move over bidding, a contract extension through 2016 with concessionaire JDDA Concession Management, which is required to spend $10 million to improve food courts.
HOUSTON EXECUTIVE AIR-PORT—in Brookshire, TX breaks ground for the construction of Henriksen Jet Center, a full-service fixed base operation named for airport owner, Ron Henriksen, who opened the private-public airports last year some 30 miles west of Houston.
LOS ANGELES INT’L AIRPORT (LAX)—explores having visitors pay a toll to enter its arrival and departure loops, as the city studies congestion pricing. Study will examine congestion pricing for LAX-bound vehicles — drivers would pay more during high-traffic periods.
• Los Angeles City Council approves construction of ten gates to handle international traffic at LAX. Project is the latest modification underway at the airport, including a $723.5 million renovation of the Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal and the recent relocation of the southernmost runway for safety reasons. The new gates, expected to cost $1.2 billion, will be the first built at the airport since the early 1980s.
A newly renovated runway at Ontario International Airport was welcomed Monday by officials from three cities who cheered the potential for luring more traffic to ONT and away from Los Angeles.
Last week, the Capital Region Airport Commission approved a new, tougher contract with its private fueling companies.
A Battle for the skies around Bristol was looming last night as airport bosses claimed a new West haven for wetland birds would threaten planes.
Executive Director Carol Snapp said construction of a five-story-tall control tower and resurfacing of the 6,500-foot runway has been going smoothly.