I subscribe to feeds for over 250 websites, participate in several industry e-mail discussion lists and also several online forums. That keeps me up to speed on what’s going on in travel and miles and points. Some of the things I read are eclectic, like Airport Revenue News.
This morning I went through the latest issue of Airport Policy and Aviation Security News and it included the following interesting tidbits:
- Spain’s Ciudad Real Airport cost a billion euros to build about a decade ago. It did not attract any scheduled air service, perhaps because Ciudad Real has just 75,000 residents. It was built with a runway that can accommodate Airbus A380 operations. It’s been sold for 10,000 euros to Chinese consortium Tzaneen International which plans to develop cargo business.
- Mexico has launched a trusted traveler program similar to TSA PreCheck. It’s called Programa Viajero Confiable and is open to US Global Entry members.
- Greece is privatizing several airports. London City airport is for sale. It turns out that so is France — Lyon and Nice airports. The US, incidentally, doesn’t have any such plans.
The lead piece includes a discussion (that I don’t entirely agree with) on the battle between airports and airlines over whether Congress ought to permit increases in airport ticket taxes which brings an interesting perspective to the battle between stakeholders.
And under ‘quotable quotes’ we’ve got Gordon Bethune:
“I believe the Federal Air Marshal program is one of the least effective and most expensive security programs in the Transportation Security Administration. They provide very little additional security at an enormous cost. They remain another good example of a knee-jerk reaction to our security issues out of 9/11.”
—Gordon Bethune, former CEO, Continental Airlines, email to Robert Poole summarizing his June 11th comments on NBC News
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