United Airlines on March 28 will launch new non-stop service to Tokyo's Haneda International Airport from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York/Newark and Washington, D.C. "With service beginning next spring, we look forward to providing convenient service for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and beyond," said United vice president Patrick Quayle.
A series of upgrades planned for Boston's Logan International Airport will take five years and $2 billion to complete. Planned improvements include an expansion of Terminal E, a new canopy for Terminal C, more parking, bus service and a designated area for rideshare companies.
Bernard Marr writes that the use of facial recognition technology is increasing as consumers use it to unlock phones, purchase products and speed through airport security. "Will individuals accept the invasion of their privacy as a proper cost to being more secure and for the conveniences facial recognition provides?" asks Marr.
Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is calling on the Transportation Security Administration to increase its staff at Minnesota's Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The airport has seen a decline in staffing levels even as passenger traffic has increased, according to the senator's office.
In this letter to the editor, Andre Cushing of Maine writes that airports don't need an increased passenger facility charge because they are already taking in huge sums of money -- airport revenue per passenger rose 47% between 2000 and 2018. "Airports have plenty of money for infrastructure spending right now," writes Cushing.
Southwest Airlines on Thursday announced plans to offer flights to Honolulu from Hilo on Hawaii island and Lihue on Kauai to Honolulu. "We believe that we've got a phenomenal offering for the people of Hilo, whether they're flying just to Honolulu or whether they want to connect on to the 90-plus destinations that we have on the mainland as well," said Steven Swan, Southwest strategic planning director.
Pilatus Aircraft may be upgrading its PC-12 with a more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6E-67XP engine featuring autothrottle and a single power lever, plus a new Hartzell propeller.
Kalamazoo, Mich.'s Air Zoo opened in 1979 to showcase historical aircraft and provide aviation education to members of the community. "We have something for public to fly and something for the public that's history and education at the Air Zoo," volunteer Kevin Kenz says.
The Federal Aviation Administration is developing an aviation knowledge test for drone pilots. The agency is seeking industry stakeholders to help develop the test and training materials.
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