Airplanes flying into Cobb County Airport-McCollum Field in Kennesaw, Ga., soon won’t have to clear customs at another airport, as officials last week broke ground on a dedicated, on-site U.S. Customs inspection facility at the airport. When the facility is complete, the general aviation airport will be the first in the Atlanta metro area to offer the service. Construction of the $800,000 facility is slated for completion by April next year, with customs services starting in July. A new $3 million, 80-foot control tower is also scheduled to open at the airport in April next year.
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A new seaplane service connecting New York City with Boston and Washington, D.C., will make its debut this month. Tailwind Air Service has partnered with established New England seaplane operator and charter provider Fly the Whale and will conduct morning flights aimed at business travelers, using amphibious Cessna 208 Caravans departing 23rd Street on Manhattan’s East River.
American Airlines and US Airways announced they expect to complete their merger on December 9 following Wednesday’s approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York of a lawsuit settlement reached between the airlines and the U.S. Justice Department.
A Learjet 35A operating as a medical evacuation flight crashed November 19 shortly after it took off from Runway 9R at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. All four people aboard were killed. About a minute after departure, the crew told ATC they needed to return to the airport and shortly thereafter transmitted a “Mayday” call. The aircraft hit the water about three miles northeast of the Florida airport.
The Jet Centre at London City Airport (LCY) is set to conclude a $500,000 renovation of its passenger facility next month. Aimed at streamlining the passenger experience, the improvements, such as a relocated entrance adjacent to the car park and a new layout to facilitate interaction between staff and customers, allow the facility now to offer a “60-second plane-to-car” arrival pledge. Other additions include a new crew facility, private guest meeting room and an updated customs and security screening facility.
Six people aboard a Mexican government-owned Beech King Air 300 were killed April 30 when the turboprop crashed five minutes after takeoff from Aeropuerto Internacional de Zacatecas Airport (MMZC) in central Mexico. A post-crash fire destroyed the aircraft.
The first airplane carrying revenue passengers from Dubai International Airport’s newly opened concourse in Terminal 3 took off Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. local time on its way to London Heathrow Airport. Emirates Airline Flight EK003 officially marked the opening of Concourse A–the world’s first dedicated to Airbus A380 operations.
The world’s busiest airport in terms of overall passenger traffic has added a new international terminal. The Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport opened May 16 after more than a decade of planning and nearly four years of construction.
LAN Airlines of Chile and TAM of Brazil cleared the last regulatory hurdle to their merger December 14, obtaining approval from Brazil’s antitrust authority to create one of the world’s largest airline groups.
The failure of Congress to agree on an extension of the FAA’s operating authorization by Saturday forced the agency to furlough nearly 4,000 employees and issue stop-work orders on projects ranging from the construction of new towers to the rehabilitation and modernization of air traffic facilities. Air traffic controllers and other FAA employees essential to air safety remain on the job.
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