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FAA grants $121 million to US airports to prevent close calls

FAA grants $121 million to US airports to prevent close calls

In order to lower the possibility of runway incursions, the Federal Aviation Administration has given airports all around the country grants totaling more than $121 million. In addition to installing new lighting systems and enhancing airfield flexibility, projects will redirect any complex taxiways.

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New projects announced today: 

  • Boston Logan International:$44.9 million will be spent on rehabilitating Taxiways T, N, and M to ensure safe airfield operations and 10,083 feet of the existing Runway 15R/33L to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement and to reduce foreign object debris. This will simplify the layout of the airfield by removing portions of Taxiways Q and F, which were identified in the airport’s runway incursion mitigation plan.
  • Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport: $39.8 million will simplify the layout of the airfield by removing a portion of Taxiway Z for geometric improvements, install a new Taxiway E lighting system to improve safety of airfield operations in low visibility conditions, extend Taxiway Z by 400 feet to meet airport operational needs, widen Taxiway Z and E to accommodate a change in the critical design of aircraft using the airport, and extend Taxiway R to do the same.
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport: In order to alleviate traffic delays, $5 million will be used to start building new connector taxiways to Runways 1/19 and 15/33, as well as reconfiguring Taxiways J, K, L, N, N1, S, and Hold Bays 15 and 19, in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration design standards.

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  • Willow Run Airport, Detroit, Michigan: $12.8 million to construct a 6,720 foot parallel Taxiway A to eliminate the need for aircraft to back-taxi on the runway. 
  • Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport, Ohio:For a cost of $4.6 million, Taxiway B11 will be moved 450 feet east from its present airfield location to comply with FAA design requirements, and the airport’s erosion control system for 16,450 square feet of the taxiway safety area will be improved to prevent ponding on the airfield surfaces.
  • Richmond International Airport, Virginia:To meet Federal Aviation Administration design requirements, Taxiway E will be relocated from its existing airport location to the north for a cost of $5,6 million.
  • Jackson Hole Airport, Wyoming: Construction of a 1,500-feet Taxiway, which will eliminate the requirement for aircraft to back-taxi on the runway, and the rehabilitation of a 2,400-feet portion of the current Taxiway will cost $2.6 million. a pavement that keeps its structural integrity while reducing foreign object debris.
  • Naples International Airport, Florida: With the help of $3.5 million, Taxiway A will be rearranged at the point where it intersects Taxiway B to enhance the non-standard pavement geometry. Taxiway A3 will also be moved, and 3,000 feet of the current service road will be rebuilt to provide for the secure movement of vehicles and ground service equipment.

In March, the FAA held a Safety Summit to address recent incidents. The summit brought together leaders from across the aviation sector, including airlines, flight and ground crews, and air traffic control, to find potential causes and needed actions to uphold safety. 

The funding announced today comes from several sources, including the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

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Etihad Airways Launches 8 New Destinations this month

Etihad Airways Launches 8 New Destinations this month

Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national airline, is embarking on a significant network expansion this June with the introduction of flights to eight new destinations.

Added Eight new destinations

This move increases their total summer season routes to 76, marking a milestone in their growth strategy. Antonoaldo Neves, CEO of Etihad Airways, expressed enthusiasm about the expansion, emphasizing the airline’s commitment to enhancing connectivity.

New routes to Bali, Jaipur, and Al Qassim

“It is an exciting month for Etihad as we deliver on our plans to expand our network with eight additional locations,” Neves stated. Highlighting the popularity of new routes like Bali, Jaipur, and Al Qassim based on forward bookings, he noted the positive reception from passengers.

The airline has commenced operations to summer hotspots such as Nice on the French Riviera and Antalya on the Turkish Riviera, as well as resumed services to Greek islands like Mykonos and Santorini. Earlier in June, Etihad reintroduced flights to Málaga, a favored Spanish holiday destination.

This week, Etihad launched direct services to Jaipur, renowned for its vibrant culture and status as a key tourist destination in Rajasthan, India. This marks Etihad’s 11th gateway into India, aiming to strengthen connectivity and convenience for travelers from the UAE, Europe, North America, and the GCC.

Etihad’s four-times-weekly flights to Bali offer travelers an opportunity to experience the island’s tropical paradise. Visitors can indulge in its pristine beaches, lush green rice fields, and rich local culture, providing an ideal blend of relaxation and exploration.

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India Rejects China’s Request to Restart Passenger Flights

India Rejects China's Request to Restart Passenger Flights

China is urging India to restart direct passenger flights after a four-year hiatus, but New Delhi is holding back as border disputes continue to strain relations between the two populous nations, officials report.

New Delhi resists due to ongoing border disputes

Tensions between India and China have remained high since a major military confrontation in the disputed Himalayan border region in June 2020, which resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers and at least four Chinese soldiers. Thousands of troops are still stationed on both sides of the border.

Cargo flights between the countries continue

Following the clash, India has taken steps to limit Chinese investments, banned numerous Chinese apps, and halted direct passenger flights, though cargo flights between the countries have continued.

While the resumption of direct flights would economically benefit both nations, China stands to gain more given its lagging recovery in overseas travel post-COVID-19, in contrast to India’s booming aviation sector.

“We hope the Indian side will work with China in the same direction for the early resumption of direct flights,” China’s Foreign Ministry stated to Reuters last week, emphasizing that such a move would be mutually beneficial.

However, a senior Indian official involved in bilateral developments with China remarked on Beijing’s push to resume flights, stating, “Unless there is peace and tranquillity on the border, the rest of the relationship cannot move forward.”

Discussions are ongoing between Indian airlines and New Delhi, as well as between Chinese carriers and their government, regarding the potential resumption of direct routes.

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SAS inagurates new route to Atlanta from Copenhagen

SAS inagurates new route to Atlanta from Copenhagen

To meet the growing demand for travel to and from Scandinavia and the United States, SAS is expanding its North American network by adding a ninth destination.

SAS begins new nonstop Atlanta route

Starting on June 17th, SAS will offer daily nonstop flights from Copenhagen to Atlanta, providing customers with a new direct route to the U.S.

Atlanta is a city worth visiting, offering something for everyone with its rich cultural experiences, historic landmarks, diverse culinary scene, and thriving sports scene. Handling nearly 104 million passengers in 2023, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest and most efficient airport.

On September 1, 2024, SAS will join SkyTeam. With Atlanta serving as a major hub for the SkyTeam member, Delta Air Lines, SAS customers will benefit from seamless access to the extensive SkyTeam network.

This network includes over 1,060 destinations across all member airlines. SAS has already started integrating Delta Air Lines flights into its itineraries, providing customers with increased connectivity options.

SAS will operate the route with both Airbus A330 as well as A350 aircraft. Both aircraft types offer three travel classes – SAS Business, SAS Plus, and SAS Go.

Five facts about Atlanta:

  1. It’s the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr.
  2. Atlanta is a hub for the Black queer community and has been for at least two decades.
  3. Coca-Cola was invented and founded in Atlanta.
  4. Atlanta is one of the few cities that has a professional team for baseball, American football, soccer, and basketball.
  5. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport houses rotating and permanent art exhibits.The initiative to display artworks at the airport originated in 1979.
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