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  • CHANTILLY, Va.— Airline pilots and air traffic controllers are on schedule to switch to text communications at most of the nation's busiest airports by the end of the year, a milestone that holds the potential to reduce delays, prevent errors and save billions of dollars in fuel cost, says the Federal Aviation Administration. Controllers and pilots will still use...

  • BUFFALO, N.Y.— A Florida- bound Spirit Airlines jet with 142 people aboard has made a safe emergency landing in New York after a reported mechanical problem. The pilot shut down the affected engine and landed safely early Monday at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. There was no damage or fire to the Airbus A320, which had taken off from nearby Niagara Falls...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Dubai Airports is boosting the number of specialized facilities to handle Airbus A380 planes at the Middle East's busiest airport as hometown carrier Emirates grows its fleet of the double-decker aircraft. The government-backed airport operator said Monday it plans to add 10 more A380 gates with air bridges at Dubai...

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Cash-strapped Atlantic City thinks it has found a way to pay off debt while fighting off a threatened state takeover. Mayor Don Guardian said Monday the city's Municipal Utilities Authority will buy the city-owned former Bader Field airport property for about $100 million. Atlantic City is nearing default on a $73 million emergency state...

  • DALLAS— Prosecutors say a North Texas man who helped smuggle what he thought was cocaine onto flights from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport must serve nearly 16 years in prison. Moniteveti "Vince" Katoa was sentenced Thursday in Dallas. The packages were flown to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Chicago and San Francisco, plus Newark, New Jersey, and Wichita, Kansas.

  • UNITED NATIONS— Responding to increasing attacks on airports and aircraft, the U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved its first-ever resolution to address extremist threats to civil aviation and urge beefed-up security. "The Security Council has delivered a resounding call to action for the international community," said Britain's...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Sept 21- Argentina will invest 22.2 billion pesos over the next three years to modernize the country's airports to increase passenger capacity and boost air cargo shipments, the country's transportation minister said on Wednesday. Argentina's rail capacity lags far behind rival agricultural powerhouses like Brazil and the United States,...

  • ATHENS, Sept 21- Greece on Wednesday ratified a 7 billion-euro plan to turn a derelict former airport into one of Europe's biggest coastal resorts, as agreed with international lenders as a condition of fresh bailout aid. One abandoned plan was to create a financial district similar to London's Canary Wharf. Backed by Chinese conglomerate Fosun, an Abu Dhabi-...

  • WARSAW, Poland— Air China has started regular flights between Beijing and Warsaw, the first ever direct connection to Poland by any Asian airline. Poland's main airline, LOT, is already flying to Beijing and the number of passengers has been growing as business ties intensify. Warsaw's Chopin Airport wrote in a tweet Wednesday that Air China launched its service...

  • Sept 20- One of the two investors in Puerto Rico's largest airport is exploring selling a 50 percent stake in a joint venture that runs it under a lease agreement with the Caribbean island's government, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The move comes as passenger traffic at the airport has proved resilient in the face of Puerto Rico's $70 billion...

  • ATLANTA— The Atlanta City Council has approved a plan to allow Uber and other ride-booking services at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. WXIA-TV reports the city council approved the plan 14-1 at its Monday meeting. According to a statement from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, other plan highlights include: Ride-sharing vehicles and taxis will...

  • CHICAGO, Sept 12- Chicago would sell up to $3.5 billion of revenue bonds this year for its O'Hare International Airport under proposals approved on Monday by the city council's finance committee. Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed refunding up to $1.5 billion of general airport revenue bonds through Bank of America Merrill Lynch to save an estimated $187.2 million,...

  • LONDON, Sept 12- London's Heathrow Airport, which is battling Gatwick for government approval for an extra runway, said it handled a record 7.34 million passengers in August, with more flying to the Middle East and Latin America. The British government is expected to rule in the coming weeks on whether to build a third runway at Heathrow or its rival Gatwick after a...

  • "It is important to maintain cautious optimism as we navigate through 2016," ACI World Director General Angela Gittens said in a news release. While the highest number of passengers, 2.46 billion, went through the Asia-Pacific region in 2015, up 8.6 percent from a year earlier, Atlanta's Hartsfield- Jackson remained the world's busiest airport, the report said.

  • London's City Airport shut down by protestors

    All airport operations were suspended after Black Lives Matter protestors gained access to the runway.

  • British Airways system outage causes delays

    The British flagship carrier says its customers are experiencing delays as they check-in for flights.

  • A British Airways Airbus A380 at Heathrow Airport in London.

    It was unclear whether delays were only taking place in the U.S., but one individual complained of a delayed flight in Canada.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 5- Aviation associations representing airlines, pilots and airports across Europe called on Monday for mandatory registration and training of drone users following a number of near-misses between the unmanned devices and aircraft. Britain's Civil Aviation Authority, for example, issued a warning last year after seven incidents in less...

  • DUBAI, Sept 5- Passenger traffic through Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international travel, jumped 14 percent from a year earlier to a monthly record of 7.62 million people in July, the airport's operator said on Monday. Growing tourism and trade ties with the rest of the Middle East, Asia and other regions of the world are fuelling traffic...

  • HANGZHOU, China, Sept 4- U.S. "I wouldn't overcrank the significance" of tensions at the airport, Obama told a news conference in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, where global leaders are convening for a G20 summit. Obama's last scheduled trip to China before leaving office got off to an awkward start soon after Air Force One landed in Hangzhou when a Chinese security...