Representatives from Japan’s government and Narita Airport are here (Booth No. 3831) to describe recent initiatives to promote business aviation in their country. Japan, with the world’s third largest economy (recently surpassed by China), is home to 68 of the world’s Fortune 500 companies, 52 of which are based in the greater Tokyo area. Yet the country until recently has not embraced corporate aviation.
The world’s busiest airport in terms of overall passenger traffic has added a new international terminal. The Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport opened May 16 after more than a decade of planning and nearly four years of construction.
TAG Farnborough Airport has revealed further improvements to its distinctive terminal building. The work has been completed in time for the London Olympic Games, for which it expects to be one of the main gateways for business aviation.
At a ceremony late last month, Narita International Airport opened the first dedicated terminal for business and private jets. Operated by the airport authority, Premier Gate–which will be open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.–promises privacy for passengers along with swift inbound and outbound passport control procedures through the use of dedicated onsite customs, immigration and quarantine facilities. In conjunction with the opening of the new terminal, the airport said it will extend the permissible duration for corporate jet parking to 30 days from 14.
American Airlines returned to a full schedule today at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, now operating at some 90-percent capacity after a tornado hit Concourse C last Friday. The EF-4 tornado blew out a majority of windows and tore away sections of the concourse roof, forcing the airport to close and completely disrupting the operations of 11 airlines.
The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced new airline passenger protections that will extend the ban on ramp delays to international flights and, crucially for regional airlines, require carriers to coordinate so-called ramp delay contingency plans with small and non-hub airports.
The CanPass general aviation border-crossing program resumes on April 2 at 176 airports in Canada. The program, which allows pre-screened travelers to clear customs quickly, was suspended immediately after September 11. The restored program will be available only for flights from the U.S. For more information, visit the Canada Customs Web site at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/.
U.S. Customs has decided not to continue the General Aviation Telephonic Entry (GATE) program, which was designed to facilitate customs processing of certain prequalified travelers on preregistered general aviation aircraft arriving in the U.S. from Canada. The program was under test operation until it was shut down after 9/11.
Welcome regulatory changes are coming for two programs designed to ease U.S. Customs clearances by general aviation aircraft.
The Airport Authority of Washoe County (AAWC) in Nevada recently dedicated the Reno/Tahoe International Airport’s B concourse in honor of business jet pioneers Bill and Moya Lear. Now known as the Lear Concourse, the 11-gate complex will have an exhibit of historical artifacts from the Lear archives.
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