Michael Gula is the new executive director of Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina. He was most recently the airport's director of operations, planning and facilities.
Construction of the new passenger terminal at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., is on track and the developer said the facility will open this fall. The terminal is designed to feel more like a hotel than a typical airport.
Airlines for America estimates that 246.1 million passengers will fly aboard US airlines between June 1 and Aug. 31. "As the economy grows along with household net worth, passengers are taking advantage of persistently low airfares for their summer travel plans," said John Heimlich, A4A's chief economist.
A United Airlines flight was evacuated upon arrival Tuesday at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport due to a smoking engine. Rescue personnel from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey cleared the plane and passengers were bused to the terminal.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is expecting about 1.7 million passengers for Memorial Day weekend, with the largest crowds expected on Friday. The airport will add K-9 units, open security checkpoints early and increase its guest relations staff to help ease travelers' experience.
CEO Gary Kelly said Southwest Airlines could add flights to Canada, South America and Europe in the future. "It may take us 25 years, but it is wonderful, of course, to have those kinds of opportunities to grow," he said.
UPS is building up its cross-border infrastructure with new facilities slated to come online this year in Paris, Montreal and Eindhoven, Netherlands, as part of its broader strategy to build a "smart global logistics network" to better meet consumer demand.
American Airlines plans to grow its network by a modest 2.5% in 2018, focusing on its hubs in Charlotte, N.C., and Dallas-Fort Worth. "With DFW and Charlotte, we've got tremendous ability with really cheap gates that are going to fit very well with the kind of capacity -- when and if we add going out into the future," said Robert Isom, the airline's president.
Travelers flying in and out of Bradley International Airport in Connecticut are taking advantage of the lowest airfares in decades, thanks to ultra-low-cost carriers that have entered the market. Average one-way fares, which have dropped 11% since 2000, are around $197.
United Airlines will expand its seasonal service to Eagle County Regional Airport in Vail, Colo. The additional service will include flights from the airline's principal hubs and will be available Dec. 19 through the end of March 2019.