Thanks in part to aggressive global expansion and Air Canada Rouge, the airline's leisure carrier, Air Canada's earnings for 2017 were up 5.2% over 2016 at $153 million. "Our strong 2017 results underscore the effectiveness of our transformation strategy, as well as the success of our global expansion and the power of our comprehensive network," said Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada's president and CEO.
By the end of this year, interested Quantas passengers taking international flights out of Sydney Airport can opt to have their faces scanned instead of presenting their passports and boarding passes. "Your face will be your passport and boarding pass," said Geoff Culbert, the airport's chief executive.
More than 30 new stores and restaurants are coming to Terminal 3 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. This article includes a list of the new additions, which include many local favorites.
The Appling Middle School dance team from Bartlett, Tenn., was heading home from a competition when a Southwest Airlines gate agent spotted their large first-place trophy and asked them to perform for their fellow travelers. "He then jokingly said that they would have to perform to be able to get on the plane," said the team's coach, Lauren Scarborough. "But then he announced there would be a performance and a crowd gathered."
Columnist Charity Catalfomo, an airport safety and security manager, writes about the huge differences in airport emergency preparedness requirements and asserts that airport operators should exceed the minimum requirements when they can. "Airports may be best served to plan for emergencies as practical, based on likelihood and overall impact, not simply based on regulatory standards," she writes.
The three major airports serving the Washington, D.C., area saw passenger traffic increase in 2017. Washington Dulles International Airport traffic rose 4.1% to nearly 23 million passengers; Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport served 26 million passengers in a third straight record-breaking year; and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport's traffic hit 24 million passengers.
Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Conn., served 6.4 million passenger in 2017, up 6.2% over 2016. The airport has seen steady passenger growth over the past five years.
The Transportation Security Administration has tightened rules for electronics screening at Lynchburg Regional Airport in Virginia. Passengers are now required to place all electronic devices larger than a cellphone into bins for X-ray screening.
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