The Air Transport Association sent Transportation Secretary Mary Peters a letter proposing changes to operations and technology and supporting a faster New York-area air space redesign. The changes could reduce delays by about 14% -- without imposing schedule caps, according to ATA officials. Read ATA's letter.
Northwest Airlines awarded the Jervis B. Webb Co. and Alberici Constructors a $29 million contract to install baggage handling, in-line explosive detection systems and related equipment at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The project, which also calls for updates to more than 1.2 miles of conveyors, is scheduled for completion by March 2009.
Efforts to ease congestion at John F. Kennedy International Airport could have the unintended side effect of worsening delays at nearby airports -- including Newark Liberty International Airport. Acting Federal Aviation Administrator Robert Sturgell said he was "concerned about spillover" to other New York-area airports.
The FAA said air delays were "minimal" at airports near areas with active wildfires. High winds at LA/Ontario International Airport forced six planes to land at other airports, but no other diversions were required, an FAA spokesman said. Officials are hopeful the San Diego TRACON facility will continue operations without interruption.
The TSA has awarded a contract to Reveal Imaging Technologies for up to 40 of its Fusion security systems. The systems utilize X-rays and 3-D imaging and will be used to scan carry-on bags for weapons and contraband. The contract could be worth up to $80 million for two years.