Airports

Donald Trump’s New Budget Calls for Air Traffic Control Privatization

Donald Trump’s New Budget Calls for Air Traffic Control Privatization

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

We have seen enough success from privatized air control systems, but we are not going to panic about this. But we will worry about how much competence goes into the privatization process.

1 month ago

Etihad Thinks Its Abu Dhabi Pre-Clearance Facility Has an Edge Over Other Gulf Carriers

Etihad Thinks Its Abu Dhabi Pre-Clearance Facility Has an Edge Over Other Gulf Carriers

Deena Kamel Yousef and Misha Savic, Bloomberg

Though adding more U.S. pre-clearance facilities in gulf carrier hubs is a win-win for airlines and airports, we'd be surprised if pre-clearance expands across the Middle East given the travel ban involving several countries in the region.

2 months ago

CEO of Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Wants $10 Billion for Upgrades

CEO of Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Wants $10 Billion for Upgrades

Associated Press

If the new U.S. president is serious about fixing infrastructure, he can't ignore airports.

2 months ago

Why You Should Wear Golf Pants on a Plane — and Other Travel Hacks

Why You Should Wear Golf Pants on a Plane — and Other Travel Hacks

Mark Ellwood, Bloomberg

Most of the travel advice here is sound stuff, but wearing golf pants on the plane? Come on. You can do better.

2 months ago

President Trump Wants to Cut TSA Budget to Help Fund His Border Wall

President Trump Wants to Cut TSA Budget to Help Fund His Border Wall

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Maybe a $500 million cut to the budget of the agency that provides airport security isn't the best way to keep the U.S. safe. It's also likely to make life more difficult for flyers across the country.

2 months ago

Airport Strike Strands Visitors to ITB Berlin Conference

Airport Strike Strands Visitors to ITB Berlin Conference

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Berlin's airport saw a substantial boost in passengers last year and ground workers want to share in the uptick. The union and management don't appear to be too far apart in their demands, although the disruption will make things a lot more complicated to attendees of ITB Berlin.

2 months ago

Frankfurt Airport Doubles the Size of Its VIP Lounge to Meet Demand

Frankfurt Airport Doubles the Size of Its VIP Lounge to Meet Demand

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Frankfurt's first VIP lounge was a victim of its own success, as celebrities and others wishing to stay out of the public eye swarmed it. Similar VIP lounges in Amsterdam, London, and Singapore should take note.

2 months ago

U.S. Airports Hopeful Trump Will Help Them Reach $100 Billion Target for Improvements

U.S. Airports Hopeful Trump Will Help Them Reach $100 Billion Target for Improvements

Alan Levin and Mark Niquette, Bloomberg

Airlines For America thinks the Airports Council International-North America is overstating its budgetary needs and the two groups disagree about leveling a new passenger fee at the airport. Sounds like your basic landlord-tenant squabble although taxpayers and flyers will feel the impact from the outcome.

2 months ago

American and Delta Are Mixing Up Their Boarding Procedures

American and Delta Are Mixing Up Their Boarding Procedures

Grant Martin, Skift

Passengers flying on American and Delta may notice new boarding procedures this month. Now's a good time to double check that boarding pass.

2 months ago

TSA’s Aggressive New Pat-Down Screenings Have Airports and Airlines Concerned

TSA’s Aggressive New Pat-Down Screenings Have Airports and Airlines Concerned

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

One of the most aggravating parts of a travelers' trip, screening, is about to get more intense -- at least at U.S. airports. This will impact attitudes at the airport, in-flight and on devices when travelers sound-off on social media and book future flights.

2 months ago

Attorneys at Airports Preparing for Next Trump Travel Ban

Attorneys at Airports Preparing for Next Trump Travel Ban

Gene Johnson, Associated Press

Details, such as possibly removing Iraq from the list, are leaking out about the looming Trump Administration travel ban. The main thing that's certain is that the legal response at airports will be faster and better organized this time around.

2 months ago

Foreign Airlines Gain Share in Flying U.S. Travelers on Trips Abroad

Foreign Airlines Gain Share in Flying U.S. Travelers on Trips Abroad

Dan Peltier, Skift

U.S. airlines made executive changes and product upgrades last year to improve performance. But this data will only encourage the Big Three legacy carriers to redouble efforts with the Trump administration to curb foreign airline expansion and reopen Open Skies agreements.

2 months ago