Airports are seeing a drop in revenues from parking, rental cars and taxis as travelers increasingly opt to use ride-share companies, which don't generate as much income for airports. Henry Harteveldt, travel analyst for Atmosphere Research, says airports could increase retail and dining offerings to attempt to recoup lost income.
Eugene Airport in Oregon has notched a new record, serving more than 1 million passengers so far this year.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Elizabeth Isham Cory warns that holiday light displays with lasers can be a danger to pilots. "Many of these pretty lights that we see shined at the houses -- the ones that make the different colors, and the moving displays, even the static displays that are aimed at houses can shoot up into the sky," she said.
The Colorado Aviation Business Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Metropolitan State University's Precision Flight Team and private pilots on Sunday staged an airlift of about 10,000 pounds of food and toys to veterans in nine Colorado cities who are homeless or in need. The state Aviation Business Association says the airlifts have been held for seven years and have helped about 1,715 families in that time.
Georgia's Cherokee County Regional Airport has received the honorary name of Coleman D. Sutton Airfield, in honor of the man who was for 30 years a fixed-based operator, flight instructor and mechanic at the facility.
Indian Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said the country is aiming to have 150 to 200 operational airports in the coming years. India has 137 airports, including some under that are under construction.
Pilots flying into Alaska's Kenai Municipal Airport will soon be able to check a live video feed of local conditions via the Federal Aviation Administration's website at avcams.faa.gov. "They're a really valuable tool for people who want to plan trips and see where they're going," Kenai Airport Manager Mary Bondurant said.
Student pilot Sanjay Sohan credits his mentor, David Maymon, for helping him follow his dream by helping establish a flight training scholarship and letting him log the necessary flight hours in his personal plane. "He loves aviation himself, which makes him such a great mentor," said Sohan.