The Transportation Security Administration is preparing for the busy summer travel season with higher levels of staffing, officials told lawmakers at a hearing with the House Homeland Security subcommittee on transportation. "The question that's still on the table is: How do we get those Precheck numbers up?" A4A's Sharon Pinkerton asked.
The Transportation Security Administration will reimburse Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers $4.06 million for explosives detection systems which were installed in September 2005.
Fulcrum BioEnergy, which counts United Airlines as an investor, broke ground on Wednesday in Reno, Nev., on a plant that will convert household trash into low-carbon jet fuel. The manufacturing facility is expected to come online in 2020.
UPS announced that it will enhance services in five South Korean cities, cutting outbound delivery times by a day for exports to the US, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. UPS has also expanded its Incheon International Airport facility, nearly tripling its size.
Due to the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, Alaska Airlines is providing flexible rebooking options for travelers holding tickets for flights to or from Kona, Honolulu, Kauai or Maui between May 17 and 25. Flights should be booked for the same cabin and must be completed on or before June 1.
On Mother's Day, Alaska Airlines celebrated its first-ever flight piloted by two African-American women. Flight 361 from San Francisco to Portland, Ore., was piloted by Capt. Tara Wright and First Officer Mallory Cave.
A proclamation from Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts declared May as General Aviation Appreciation Month, noting that general aviation contributes $1.2 billion to the state's economy, supports 7,900 jobs and "improves overall quality of life by supporting emergency medical and healthcare services, law-enforcement, firefighting, and disaster relief."
The fiscal 2019 appropriations bill released Tuesday by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development includes $3.5 million to reimburse non-gateway airports and businesses forced to close during presidential temporary flight restrictions. "We all strongly support the safety and well-being of our president," said AOPA President Mark Baker, "and the TFR security procedure review and the financial assistance will go a long way in helping the airports and businesses that are required to close during these TFRs."
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