October passenger traffic and capacity each grew 6.3% compared with last year, according to the International Air Transport Association. Load factor for the month was 81.1%, the same as in Oct. 2017.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced grant funding for 26 airports in 23 counties across the state to upgrade their infrastructure and equipment. "With more than 400 airports across the state, this support from my administration helps keep aviation a viable transportation alternative and adds to our economy as well," Wolf says.
American Airlines has appointed Steven Graves as vice president for enterprise technology services. Graves joined the airline earlier this year as managing director of enterprise infrastructure services.
Workers at the FedEx distribution center in the Bronx, N.Y., are working extra hard to get packages into customers' hands in time for the holidays. "We're here longer hours, but that doesn't bother me because we're just Santa's little helpers," says FedEx employee Rosemary Carty.
Alabama's Bay Minette Municipal Airport broke ground Tuesday on a project to build two new 10-unit hangars. Construction of the hangars and taxiway access should be complete by May.
Women in Aviation International announced the 2019 inductees for its International Pioneer Hall of Fame, including Boeing executive Leanne Caret and Mary Golda Ross, who was a founding engineer of Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works. Inductees also include the US Coast Guard's First Women Aviators and Aviation-Related Enlisted Women.
The Federal Aviation Administration implemented a groundstop for California's Burbank Airport yesterday morning after a Southwest flight from Oakland, Calif., skidded off the runway. The airport's Engineered Material Arresting System stopped the plane, and there were no injuries.
Don Barker, the Transportation Security Administration security director for Ohio, said he is still waiting for a report from the city of Cleveland about a security breach that occurred Oct. 25. The city waited 20 hours to alert the federal government when Assistant Airport Director Fred Szabo helped the mayor's chief of operations bypass the TSA screening checkpoint at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
An unattended bag prompted officials at Texas' Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to temporarily shut down the area near baggage claim A15 around 11 a.m. Thursday. The bag was cleared about two hours later, and the area was reopened.