8 New Airports Cleared for Cuba Charters

Washington Post - Charter flights may begin flying to Cuba from Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport by year's end, but restrictions remain on those who can make the trip.  Read More>

Europe Scrambles to Address Delay Fears

Aviation Week - European airlines and air traffic control agencies are bracing for what could be a grim summer of flight delays, just one more headache for an industry that is still recovering from an unprecedented series of ATC crises in 2010.  Read More>

Airlines Load on More Fees

WSJ - In recent years, airlines from American Airlines to Spirit Airlines Inc. found new ways to boost profits—and annoy fliers—by charging fees for checked bags, selecting a choice seat or other services once included in ticket prices.  Read More>

The Battle for Overhead Luggage Space

The Vancover Sun - Not long ago, the challenge of carrying bags onto airplanes pertained to size. Would you be able to stuff that teeming roll-aboard into the overhead bin? It took a deft touch and several grunts, but at least the bag was within arm’s reach.  Read More>

Bahamas Opens New U.S. Departure Lounge

AOL Travel - Thanks to a multi-million dollar airport facilities upgrade, flying into and out of the Bahamas promises to soon be a more pleasant experience for U.S. travelers.  Read More>

NH Bill Would Make Intrusive TSA Pat-downs Crime

Union Leader - Enhanced security measures at airports were described as tyranny, sexual assault and a violation of the Constitution's prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure Tuesday.  Read More>

ATC Errors Up at Chicago

Chicago Tribune - Mistakes are increasing among air traffic controllers at O'Hare International Airport, prompting a visit Wednesday by federal investigators to examine staffing levels and other issues that affect safety.  Read More>

One World Alliance News - JimG

Dallas Morning News - Now that the three amigos are formally buddies, American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia have opened their first jointly operated airport lounge in Miami.  Read More>

IATA: Jump in oil prices could cancel out passenger increases

Bloomberg - Airlines worldwide face “a very challenging year” as the price of oil rises, even after air- traffic growth accelerated in January, the International Air Transport Association said today.  Read More>

DOT to Expand Passenger Protections

AIN Online - 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.  Read More>

Boeing Still Exploring 737 Replacement

Aviation Week - M­emories of program mistakes are weighing on Boeing as it considers the timing of whether to re-engine or replace the 737 Next Generation family.  Read More>

Sky Team May be Luring Virgin Atlantic

Reuters - Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA), Europe's largest airline by revenue, and Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines are working together to examine a bid for Virgin Atlantic VA.UL, the Sunday Times reported, citing no sources.  Read More>

Air Travel to Cost More With Obama Budget

AP/Washington Post - Airline travelers would pay more to help finance airport projects under President Barack Obama's budget plan.  Read More>

Slots Argument Keeps FAA Bill Grounded

The Hill - The aviation bill's floor manager is 'frustrated' by an argument over a slots amendment.  Read More>

ATA Chief: NextGen Investment will create 150,000+ jobs

[Note that the ATA is the lobbying arm of the airlines, who want the government to pay for installation of aircraft NextGen equipment - JimG]

The Hill Congressional Blog - In his State of the Union address, President Obama focused the nation’s attention on the economic importance of investing in infrastructure. America can win the future, and successfully compete against emerging powers such as China if we transform our economy with modern technology and infrastructure.  Read More>

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