AIP Targeted for $600 Million Reduction
President Bush's budget request for fiscal year 2006 is now available. As part of the budget for the Department of Transportation, the Airport Improvement Program is targeted for a $600 million reduction below the authorized level while other programs of importance to airports, including the FAA air traffic control modernization program would suffer cuts as well.
The budget request also includes $14 billion for the FAA to support new infrastructure, hire new air traffic controllers, and deploy technology to enhance aviation capacity and safety. The budget triples funding for the Joint Planning and Development Office.
The Budget in Brief is available at www.dot.gov.
Illinois Governor Voices Support for Third Chicago Airport
Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) announced his support of building an airport in Peotone during his recent State of the State address. He says O'Hare does need to be expanded, but that will not be enough. In order to handle the demand in the region another airport is necessary. Tentatively named Abraham Lincoln National Airport, the facility has been championed by U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D) and could be built with private investment.
ACC--Airport Consultants Council is seeking airport consultants who are skilled in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process to teach sessions at its upcoming courses; www.acconline.org.
ACI-NA--begins its search for new leadership, following the announcement that David Plavin, CEO and president, will depart at the end of the year.
THE AIR GROUP--adds two new Gulfstream IVs to the nationwide private jet fleet it manages. The new jets are based at Van Nuys and Teterboro.
DELTA AIR LINES--completes its planned reduction of daily flights at DFW Int'l., leaving 24 gates open in the airport's Terminal E. This is the final step of the airline's restructuring announced in September 2004.
DETROIT METRO--announces its vacant Davey Terminal will be demolished to make way for a new North Terminal.
DULLES INT'L--releases its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for constructing two new runways.
EL TORO MARINE AIR BASE--will be converted into a regional airport to take pressure off Los Angeles Int'l, despite objections from Orange County officials.
FAA--awards Lockheed Martin the contract to modernize the flight service station system, which provides pilots with weather information.
FORT WAYNE INT'L--files a lawsuit seeking more than $560,000 in damages against ATA Airlines Inc. for breach of contract, after the airline's decision to end air service between Fort Wayne and Chicago.
GENERAL MITCHELL INT'L AIRPORT--opens a $6.8 million passenger Amtrak rail facility. The station will serve rail passengers connecting to the airport, along with rail-only passengers using Amtrak's service to and from Chicago.
INDEPENDENCE AIR--will expand its network by adding connecting service from Stewart Int'l to five major West Coast destinations via its hub at Dulles Int'l.
JETBLUE--announces plans to expand at Boston's Logan Airport, leasing an entire terminal and increasing its gates at the airport from 2 to 11.
LAMBERT INT'L--boards the fewest number of passengers in 2004 in more than 20 years. The decrease was expected after American Airlines reduced its flights here in November 2003 by half.
Delta's announcement stirred speculation in the industry as to whether the carrier is making the move to increase its competitive position against Forest Hills-based JetBlue.
The airport appears to be on track to serve more than 27 million passengers by year's end for the first time in five years.
Yankee has the distinction of being the first taxiway in Memphis built for the Group 6 aircraft, the jumbos that include the Airbus 380 FedEx is scheduled to receive in 2009.
A series of public and private celebrations are planned for the days leading up to the May 27 opening.