Consumers: Don’t get left holding the bag in the fight over airport fees

If you’ve seen your airfares decrease lately, as many Americans have, don’t thank the federal government. In fact, Congress imposes so many taxes and fees on air travel that more than 20 percent of the average ticket price is diverted to government coffers. Yet some politicians are pushing to make flying more expensive by increasing the

New airfare tax would crash Florida’s travel industry

Congress may soon raise taxes on travelers who fly in and out of the Sunshine State. The chairman of the powerful transportation and infrastructure committee is pushing a bill that would charge travelers extra fees on each leg of their itineraries. He claims that airports desperately need extra cash for infrastructure investments. This isn’t true.

Passenger area expansion project underway at Bridgeport, WV, airport

The latest addition to Bridgeport’s North Central West Virginia Airport is going up fast. Employees of construction firm Huffman Corp. are in the process of erecting a new structure that will serve as a passenger waiting area when the airport is at peak capacity, said Shawn Long, airport deputy director. “They’ve been pushing it along

Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport to get major makeover

The Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport is receiving a $100 million makeover. The plan includes updates to the airport’s mechanical systems, as well as upgrades to jet ways and elevators. Rendering concepts designed by the Alliance Architect firm show the outside with a more upscale look. More parking is also expected to be added, and

LAX expansion plans call for a new terminal east of Sepulveda Boulevard

Los Angeles International airport officials are calling for even more expansion and reorganization of the nation’s second-busiest airport, including additional changes to runways and the construction of a passenger terminal east of Sepulveda Boulevard. In a 142-page environmental document, city airport officials said the expansion would bring more sophisticated facilities for travelers, improve runway safety,

Home team wins O’Hare terminal design competition

The City of Chicago has chosen Studio ORD’s design to move forward with on its $8.5 billion expansion of O’Hare International Airport. The Studio ORD team consists of Chicago-based Studio Gang, STL Architects, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Corgan Associates, and Millhouse Engineering & Construction. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his administration’s Evaluation Committee made their choice