5 renderings unveiled for $8.5B O'Hare expansion | Airports offer VIP refuges for wealthy flyers | Flight diverted to Texas airport due to violent passenger
January 18, 2019
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Moving people and bags a challenge for past and future airports
Growing passenger numbers challenge airports to move people and their baggage quickly through ever-larger facilities designed to accommodate increasingly larger aircraft, Janet Bednarek writes.
The Conversation (US) (1/17) 
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5 renderings unveiled for $8.5B O'Hare expansion
Officials revealed five proposed renderings for the planned $8.5 billion 3.4 million-square-foot expansion of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Workers will build an international terminal and two passenger concourses.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (1/17) 
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Airports offer VIP refuges for wealthy flyers
Some airports offer VIP services to shield wealthy travelers from the more stressful aspects of air travel. Los Angeles International Airport offers a luxurious option with its Private Suite, a terminal that features fully equipped suites and a private security checkpoint.
Airport Technology (UK) (1/17) 
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Flight diverted to Texas airport due to violent passenger
A United Airlines flight from Mexico City to Houston was diverted to McAllen International Airport due to a violent passenger who allegedly assaulted another passenger and a crew member. Law enforcement met the plane at the airport and took the accused passenger into custody.
KGBT-TV (Harlingen, Texas) (1/17) 
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Airport Ops Spotlight
Ill. airport has experienced no TSA call-outs
Transportation Security Administration officers at Illinois' Quad City International Airport have continued to work, despite not being paid as the partial federal government shutdown continues. "No call-outs! Everyone was able to make it into work and do it with a smile," said Ben Leischner, executive director of the Rock Island County Metropolitan Airport Authority.
WQAD-TV (Moline, Ill.) (1/17) 
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NATCA members protest government shutdown at Mo. airport
Members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association have been passing out leaflets at Kansas City International Airport, explaining the impact of the partial federal government shutdown on air-traffic safety. "No one should be under the illusion that it's business as usual for aviation safety during the shutdown," the leaflet said.
The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (tiered subscription model) (1/17) 
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Calif. airport reports record passenger traffic for 2018
California's San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport served 485,911 passengers in 2018, up 19.2% compared with the 407,696 passengers it served in 2017.
KSBY-TV (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (1/17) 
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Airline News Spotlight
United reveals new uniforms in shades of purple and blue
United Airlines on Wednesday unveiled new uniforms for its 70,000 frontline workers, including pilots, flight attendants, customer-service agents and ramp workers. The purple- and blue-hued uniforms were designed and produced by fashion designer Tracy Reese, along with retailers Carhartt and Brooks Brothers.
USA Today (1/17) 
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Gilbert joins UPS as president of supply chain solutions
UPS has appointed Philippe Gilbert as supply chain solutions president, a newly created position reporting to Chief Operating Officer Jim Barber. Gilbert was previously regional CEO of the Americas for DB Schenker Logistics.
American Journal of Transportation (1/16) 
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Policy & Regulatory
Shutdown delays air-traffic modernization, safety innovations
A Federal Aviation Administration meeting canceled due to the partial federal government shutdown has delayed approval of new approach procedures at Washington Dulles International Airport and could hold up implementation for a year or more. "That was the last meeting we needed for everybody to bless the procedures and say 'yes,'" said an air-traffic controller involved in the project.
Air Transport World (1/17) 
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