Virgin America relocates from D/FW to Love Field

Virgin America

Virgin America’s last flight from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was its first to Dallas Love Field Monday morning as the airline permanently moved its base of operations after the Wright Amendment expired. The flight, normally about five minutes in the air, lasted about an hour as a ceremonial moving of operations. The airline also had […]

O’Hare takes step to host huge Airbus A380

O Hare_Airport

The new runway that opened a year ago at O’Hare International Airport is both long and wide enough to handle the world’s largest passenger airplane. But the behemoth Airbus A380 jetliner is not yet flying to Chicago, in part because there isn’t a gate that can accommodate it. Soon that could change, Chicago aviation officials […]

Ebola: Are US airport screenings more about controlling fear than disease?

Ebola screening at US airports

New Ebola screening procedures being put in place at US airports may be designed primarily to calm a jittery public, health officials say, given the low risk of an epidemic. Health officials have emphasized that the risk of Americans’ contracting Ebola is extremely low – more difficult than catching the flu, experts say. The virus […]

FAA Faces $5 Billion Deficit in Next Decade, Official Warns

FAA

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has no choice but to cut the services it provides or raise more money over the next decade, according to an FAA executive involved in planning the agency’s next reauthorization. Rich Swayze, assistant administrator for policy, international affairs and environment, delivered the somber message on October 8 to the blue-ribbon […]

Despite cancellations, O’Hare leads in flights

O' Hare Airport

Four days after a fire knocked a critical air-traffic facility in Aurora offline, O’Hare International Airport on Tuesday edged past the busiest U.S. airport in terms of total flights, according to federal aviation data. The data, obtained by the Tribune on Wednesday, provides the strongest sign yet that airline flights in Chicago have bounced back […]

Dubai to build world’s biggest airport

Dubai Airport

Dubai’s ruler has endorsed a $US32 billion ($A35 billion) expansion plan for the city’s second airport that aims to make it the world’s biggest, the emirate’s airport operator said in the latest sign that the Middle East’s brash commercial hub is determined to move on from its 2009 financial crisis. The approval sets in motion […]

Mexico unveils futuristic design for new $9 billion airport

Mexico's Futuristic Airport

Mexico’s government on Wednesday unveiled the winning design for a new, futuristic, spider-shaped airport for the capital that will ease delays and boost capacity at a cost of 120 billion pesos ($9.17 billion) (5.57 billion British pound) in public and private funding. British architect Norman Foster and Fernando Romero, a son-in-law of Mexican tycoon Carlos […]

Global aviation at “low risk” from Ebola outbreak – WHO

Ebola flight map

The WHO says international aviation is at low risk of transmitting the Ebola virus from West Africa. “[The WHO] have been very clear that travel and trade bans are unnecessary,” said Raphael Kuuchi, IATA’s vice president for Africa, speaking in Johannesburg yesterday during the IATA African Aviation Day. “Unless this advice changes we hope that […]

FAA’s new air traffic control system unstable, less capable than old system

The Federal Aviation Administration has begun deploying new computers systems for its air traffic controllers despite warnings that the system suffers from unstable requirements, lacks key safety capabilities and requires training that has yet to be given to workers, a government watchdog warned Monday. The problems with the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) are […]

Qatar A330 Makes Emergency Landing at Manchester Due to Suspected Bomb Hoax

An RAF Typhoon fighter was scrambled to escort a passenger plane into Manchester Airport after the crew received a threat about a “device” on board. In what turned out to be a suspected hoax, Greater Manchester Police launched a “full emergency” response as officers did not “know how genuine this threat is”. The plane involved […]