LAX recommends developer for people-mover project | Plane evacuated at LAX due to unknown substance | Work on new Newark terminal slated for April start
February 19, 2018
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Man arrested at Ill. airport
A man was taken into custody Saturday after attempting to use a car to ram into the main terminal at Illinois' Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport and then forcing his way into a secured area. The airport was closed for several hours.
Herald & Review (Decatur, Ill.)/The Associated Press (2/19) 
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LAX recommends developer for people-mover project
Los Angeles World Airports has selected LAX Integrated Express Solutions to design, build and operate a people-mover system at Los Angeles International Airport. The decision requires the approval of the Airport Commission and City Council.
USA Today/The Associated Press (2/16) 
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Plane evacuated at LAX due to unknown substance
The discovery of an unknown powdery substance on Saturday prompted the evacuation of a plane at Los Angeles International Airport. No injuries were reported.
Los Angeles Daily News (2/18) 
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Work on new Newark terminal slated for April start
Work on new Newark terminal slated for April start
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Construction is scheduled to begin in April on a new terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved the project, and Tutor Perini/Parsons has been awarded the $1.41 billion contract.
Frequent Business Traveler (2/16) 
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Fla. airport trades tower for wall of video screens
Ground traffic controllers at Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport monitor planes from a screen-filled building on the ground that gives them a better view than a traditional tower. The screens display radar data and feeds from 66 video cameras, offering controllers a detailed view of operations on the ground.
Wired (tiered subscription model) (2/17) 
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Wis. airport reports fewer passengers, steady revenue for 2017
Wisconsin's La Crosse Regional Airport served 177,500 passengers in 2017, about 1.1% fewer than in 2016, while its revenue remained stable. Passenger volumes are expected to grow this year because American Airlines is using larger planes, making 26 more seats available per day.
La Crosse Tribune (Wis.) (2/17) 
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Okla. airport to add larger gate for future international flights
Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport is planning upgrades including a new, larger gate that could one day accommodate international flights. Other planned improvements include an updated security checkpoint, observation gallery and more dining and retail options.
KWTV-TV (Oklahoma City)/The Associated Press (2/16) 
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Ore. airport adds TSA Precheck screening lane
Oregon's Eugene Airport has added a Precheck lane to its Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint. About 15,000 passengers are screened daily at the airport.
KEZI-TV (Eugene, Ore.) (2/16) 
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Airline News Spotlight
JetBlue, NY Botanical Garden join on Caribbean conservation
JetBlue Airways is working with the New York Botanical Garden to develop a Caribbean consortium to address conservation and commerce in the region. "JetBlue wants to protect the region's natural beauty, which in turn protects progress and our business," said Sophia Mendelsohn, JetBlue's head of sustainability.
TravelPulse (2/15) 
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Alaska Air reports Jan. rise in traffic and capacity, lower load factor
Alaska Air Group reported 3.97 billion revenue passenger miles in January, a year-over-year increase of 3.5%. The carrier's capacity was 5.23 billion available seat miles, up 6.6% over 2017, and its load factor was 75.8%, down 2.3% from 2017.
Frequent Business Traveler (2/15) 
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