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July 23, 2014

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July 16, 2014

Small-Town Grants: Jimmy Stewart Airport and More

The airport in the western Pennsylvania county where film star Jimmy Stewart was born and raised — the Indiana County/Jimmy Stewart Airport — is getting $354,666 to remove obstructions and complete a runway extension. It was one of 35 small airports getting $18 million in grants announced by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on Wednesday.

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By Tom Curry Posted at 2:59 p.m.
Airports, Aviation

July 14, 2014

A Crowded Week Ahead for Transportation Advocates and Policymakers

The nation’s capital will be busy with transportation events this week:

On Monday, the Energy Department’s Energy Information Agency starts its annual conference. Among the speakers will be the head of a company controversially involved in rail shipments of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota, Global Partners president and CEO Eric Slifka.

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July 11, 2014

Airports Become Battleground for Taxi And Shuttle Operators’ Struggle Against Uber

Another front in the car service battle has opened at the nation’s airports

The Airport Ground Transportation Association – which includes SuperShuttle and similar airport shuttle services — issued a warning this week that Uber and Lyft are exposing airport authorities to liability risk.

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July 9, 2014

Nearly One-Quarter of Passenger Flights Were Delayed in May, FAA Data Show

Twenty-three percent of passenger flights were delayed in May, according to the monthly Air Travel Consumer Report released Wednesday by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA said Hawaiian Airlines had the highest on-time arrival rate at 93.2 percent, followed by Alaska Airlines at 89.7 percent and Delta at 84.4 percent.

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July 3, 2014

Transportation Jobs Up 12 Percent From Recession’s Low Point

The number of Americans working in transportation reached 4,618,500 in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly jobs report released Thursday morning.

That’s a 501,300, or 12 percent, increase from the worst days of the recession. And it exceeds by nearly 58,000 jobs the pre-financial crisis peak in April 2008 of 4,560,600 Americans working in transportation. You can see the rebound in transportation jobs in this chart from BLS:

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The BLS transportation category includes people working in air, truck, and rail transportation, as well as some related jobs such as couriers, messengers, and warehousing.

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July 2, 2014

‘Enhanced Security Measures’ Ordered for Some Foreign Airports

Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Wednesday that he had directed the Transportation Security Administration to “implement enhanced security measures in the coming days at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.”

Johnson’s statement didn’t explain what specific threat may have prompted him to order the more stringent security measures nor did it identify the airports which would be the focus of the measures.

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June 27, 2014

Getting ‘Parochial,’ Mark Begich Presses FAA for Equipment for Aleutian Airport

If all politics is local, aviation should be no exception, whether the locale is big or small. So it was natural that Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., argued at a hearing this week on the Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen air traffic control modernization project that the FAA ought do more to ensure safety at Newark Liberty International airport, which had 17.5 million passengers boarding last year.

So, too, Democratic Sen. Mark Begich could make the case for Unalaska airport on Amaknak Island in the Aleutian chain, which had 28,556 enplanements in 2013. (Unalaska is also known as Dutch Harbor and was bombed by Japanese planes in June 1942 as part of the diversion from the Japanese attack on Midway Island.)

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June 25, 2014

NextGen Needs a Power-Up, Senators Say

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Cantwell. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senators voiced frustration Wednesday that the Federal Aviation Administration is implementing the NextGen air traffic control modernization too slowly.

Sen. Maria Cantwell, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee, stressed at a hearing that NextGen has great potential — saving 1.6 billion gallons of fuel by 2020. But she said the FAA isn’t getting the job done quickly enough.

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From Milwaukee to Milan, Uber’s Battles Are Mostly Local

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London black-cab drivers protest against Uber on June 11. Thousands of cabs filled the roads around Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Parliament. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)

The regulatory battles over Uber — the taxi-hailing service that has sparked protests from established taxi drivers in London, Paris, Milan, and San Francisco — may have global significance as an indicator of how regulated markets with high barriers to entry cope with disruptive competition. But the regulatory ruckus is being fought on the state and municipal level, not in the halls of Congress.

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June 20, 2014

Airline Employment Highest Since October 2012, but Still Far Below 2007

The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics says that U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 384,265 workers in April, making it the fifth consecutive month that full-time equivalent (FTE) employment in the industry was higher than the same month a year earlier.

The April 2014 FTE total for scheduled passenger carriers was the highest monthly total since October 2012. In 2007, before the financial crisis and the recession, airlines had an average of nearly 557,000 FTEs and in 2001 that number exceeded 670,000.

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June 18, 2014

Gripes About Airport Malls, Coffee, Bag Fees, and Ticket Increases Liven Up Hearing

A House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation hearing turned into a sharp-elbowed debate between the airports – who want Congress to increase the cap on Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs) from $4.50 to $8.50 – and the airlines who say a higher PFC isn’t needed and would be “punishing the passenger.”

Subcommittee members joined the fray with questions and gripes about airline baggage fees, airport parking fees, the price of a cup of coffee at airports, and airports using some of their money to build retail mini-malls.

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