romising travelers and airlines
shorter aircraft turnaround times, less time on taxiways and better
performance in bad weather, Denver Airport opened
a sixth runway Sept. 4 that is 4,000 feet longer than its other
Denver also is hoping to attract more international service with
the 16,000-foot-long, 200-foot-wide runway, touted by the airport
as the largest commercial runway in North America.
The airport said the extra distance will give fully loaded jumbo
jets additional room to take off in Denver's altitude during the
summer months, providing "unrestricted global access" for any
The runway also will be able to accommodate the Airbus A-380,
which is being designed to carry more than 500 passengers.
The runway cost $166 million to build, with 74% of the funding
coming from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Denver said the sixth runway should improve performance during
bad weather by enabling the airport to land three aircraft
simultaneously on its existing north-south runways while using the
new one for departures.
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That's 266 and counting, as in the number of airports where
travelers must show a boarding pass and a government-issued photo
ID to pass through security checkpoints.
The Transportation Security Administration on Sept. 8 added
Spokane (Wash.) Airport to the growing list.
That means electronic-ticket receipts, itineraries and vouchers
no longer will provide access at Spokane.
The Selectee Checkpoint program was introduced to reduce
additional searches at the gates. TSA is planning to implement the
program at all airports by Jan. 1.
For a list of airports participating, go to the TSA's Web site
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It's eight and counting for Southwest Florida
Airport in Fort Myers, as in eight consecutive
record-setting months for airport traffic.
Nearly 388,000 passengers traveled through the airport in July
-- 18.3% more than the previous July -- making it the busiest July
in the airport's 20-year history.
For the year through July, the number of passengers has
increased by 13%. Significantly, the total also was 4.6% higher
than July 2001, indicating a return to pre-9/11 traffic levels.
Robert Ball, executive director of the Lee County Port
Authority, said the strong summer traffic may be a result of
pent-up demand for vacation travel.
The increase bodes well for the airport's expansion plans.
Construction began in February 2002 on a 28-gate Midfield Terminal
that will replace the existing 17-gate terminal when it opens in
AirportParkingReservations.com marked its second year
of operation this month by introducing a toll-free call center
service, Mondays through Fridays, at (888) 960-PARK.
The service offers guaranteed off-airport parking reservations
for travel departing from U.S. and Canadian airports. Most of the
parking lots offer complimentary luggage assistance and free
shuttle buses to and from the terminals.
The service also recently introduced car-care services for some
locations. Under that option, customers can have an oil change and
other maintenance or cleanup work done on their cars while they are
To contact reporter Andrew Compart, send e-mail to [email protected].