There are no direct flights from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone to the U.S. Officials say that about 150 passengers a day arrive in the U.S. from those countries after making a connecting flight, usually in Europe.
The new facility will include more than 156,000 square feet of customer, office and maintenance space, about three times the size of the equivalent facilities in Textron Aviation’s current Paris Citation service center at Le Bourget.
Each month from September to May, the students will take field trips and visit groups such as the Alabama Air National Guard's 187th Fighter Wing, Maxwell Air Force Base's 908th Airlift Wing and the Army National Guard units.
Come Nov. 2, Southwest Airlines will convert its international service at Midway Airport from AirTran Airways to Southwest, meaning travelers will get Southwest's more consumer-friendly policies such as no fees for checked bags and flight changes.
The Obama administration opposes such a measure. Health and airline industry experts say it would do little to stem the spread of the virus in the United States and could make combating it more difficult
For the fourth time this year — and the second time in three months, Secretary of State John Kerry was forced to fly home commercially when his aging Air Force Boeing 757 was grounded on Thursday with a mechanical problem.