Most of Japan’s airports have reopened in the wake of Friday’s major earthquake and ensuing tsunami that triggered one of the worst nuclear power plant disasters in history, left thousands dead and caused widespread property damage. Airspace within a 20-km (10.8 nm) radius of the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant remains closed from the surface through all altitudes. Sendai Airport is buried under a sea of mud and remains closed.
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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) expects to issue a final rule designed to further consumer protections against tarmac delays of more than three hours and expand other passenger rights initiatives in April, a department spokesman told AIN this week.
Business aviation access to Tokyo is about to get easier. Beginning October 31, Tokyo's Haneda International Airport (RJTT), previously opened to business aircraft arrivals from overseas only between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., will allow eight slots for domestic and international flights (up to four arrivals) during the previously prohibited hours. Slots for nighttime arrivals remain unlimited.
An analysis of the competitive effects of the proposed merger of Continental and United Airlines by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows that combining the airlines would eliminate one effective competitor (defined as providing at least 5 percent of traffic between airports) in 1,135 city pairs, affecting almost 35 million passengers.
A new rule instituted by the Department of Transportation designed to prohibit airlines from subjecting passengers to lengthy waits on airport ramps takes effect tomorrow and will apply consistently across the entire U.S airline industry.
Castle & Cooke Aviation opened its new FBO at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on June 10. The former Circle Rainbow facility received a $5 million retrofit, with renovation of the lobby, 18,000 sq ft hangar and 60,000 sq ft of office space. Later this year, Castle & Cooke plans to offer jet-A and avgas service on an expanded general aviation ramp on the island of Lana’i.
Bombardier CL-600-2B19 CRJ, Hilo, Hawaii, Feb. 13, 2008–The Mesa Airlines Go! flight from Honolulu to Hilo overflew its destination airport, Hilo International/General Lyman Field, in cruise. When the airplane was at 21,000 feet the controller tried unsuccessfully several times in 25 minutes to contact the crew, not reaching them until they were 15 miles beyond the airport.
Ross Aviation, backed by private equity firm Centre Partners Management, purchased a majority interest in Bradley Pacific Aviation’s five-FBO chain in Hawaii. The Bradley Pacific acquisition brings the Ross FBO stable to 12 facilities, and Ross Aviation plans to maintain the Bradley Pacific brand name.
Japan has opened Tokyo Haneda Airport to international general aviation flights via 16 slots per hour, available between 11 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. daily. Outside those times, international flights will have to land at other designated airports to clear customs and procedural requirements before being permitted to fly to other destinations within Japan. Applications should be filed by the 15th of the month before the proposed date of flight.
Early last month Midway Phoenix, a subsidiary of Phoenix Air Group of Cartersville, Ga., and the U.S.