Pennsylvania will invest $8.8 million to upgrade 23 airports statewide, including $5.4 million in grants via the Aviation Transportation Assistance Program. "Hundreds of thousands of jobs are supported by aviation in Pennsylvania, and these investments will help them operate safely, expand to meet demands or attract more growth," said Gov. Tom Wolf.
In June 2017, United Airlines will start direct flights between Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and San Francisco. United's boardings at the Cincinnati airport are up 44% since 2013.
Valley International Airport in Harlingen, Texas, has received federal funds to upgrade its taxiway and build a fire station. Gate and ticket counters will also be updated with the $4.4 million in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Alaska Airlines has started work on its $40 million Anchorage aircraft maintenance facility, part of the airline's $100 million in capital expenditures in Alaska.
An analysis by IdeaWorks and SwitchFly says that rewards programs from JetBlue and Southwest Airlines offer the most rewards for occasional flyers. "For everyday consumers buying the lowest fares, the pay-with-points method embraced by JetBlue and Southwest delivers the best reward deals for economy class travel in the US," said the joint study.
A report on Trends in Aviation Terrorism by the International Council for Counter Terrorism identified threats to aviation, including the use of drones to attack aircraft. "Terrorist organizations do not hide their motivation to make use of this technology," the report states.
International travelers arriving at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport can now use the US Customs and Border Protection's Mobile Passport Control app to make customs declarations. BWI is the 18th US airport to offer arriving passengers the option to use the app.
Officials at LaGuardia Airport placed Terminal B on lockdown Monday morning after a traveler passed through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint without being screened. The passenger was asked to exit the area for proper screening.
Officials announced that four new passport kiosks have been installed at Chicago Midway International Airport, bringing the total number of available kiosks to 10. All of the kiosks have been upgraded with light bars, fingerprint readers and additional language options.
State government officials and representatives from various industries, including AOPA, gathered in Chicago recently for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit.
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