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ACI-NA 2010
Board of Directors
Executive Committee

Frank R. Miller
Chairman
Aviation Director
San Antonio Aviation Department
San Antonio

 

Thella Bowens
First Vice Chair
President/CEO
San Diego County
Regional Airport Authority
San Diego

 

Thomas J. Kinton, Jr.
Second Vice Chair
CEO & Executive Director
Massachusetts
Port Authority
Boston

 

David. N. Edwards, Jr. 
Secretary-Treasurer
Executive Director
Greenville-Spartanburg
International Airport
Greer, S.C. 

 

G. Hardy Acree
Immediate Past Chairman
Director of Airports
Sacramento County Airport System
Sacramento

 

William Restall
President & CEO
Saskatoon Airport
Authority
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

 

ACI-NA President
Greg Principato

 

Directors
Iftikar Ahmad

Director of Aviation
New Orleans
Aviation Board
New Orleans

Kim Day
Manager of Aviation
Denver Department
of Aviation
Denver

Laddie E. Irion
Vice President/Director,
Air Transportation
URS
Tampa

Bernard Leblanc
President/CEO
Saint John
Airport Authority
St. John, N.B.

Bradley S. Livingston
Airport Director
Dane County
Regional Airport
Madison, Wis.

John Martin
Airport Director
San Francisco Airport Commission
San Francisco

Lloyd McCoomb
President/CEO
Greater Toronto
Airports Authority
Toronto

Richard McConnell
Airport Director
Boise Airport
Boise

John Mok
CEO
Kenton County Airport Board
Cincinnati

Brad Penrod
Executive Director/CEO
Allegheny County
Airport Authority
Pittsburgh

Raul Regalado
President & CEO
Metropolitan Nashville
Airport Authority
Nashville

Maureen Riley
Executive Director
Salt Lake City
Department of Airports
Salt Lake City

Tom Ruth
President & CEO
Halifax International Airport
Authority
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Brian Searles
Director of Aviation
Burlington International
Airport
Burlington, Vt.

Elsie Rast-Stuart
Commissioner
Columbia Metropolitan
Airport
Columbia, S.C.

Jim Trout
Commissioner
Glacier Park International Airport
Kalispell, Mont.

William Vanecek
Director of Aviation
Buffalo Niagara
International Airport
Buffalo

Russ Widmar
Director of Aviation
City of Fresno
Fresno, Calif.

2010 World Business
Partners/ Associates
Board of Directors
 

Executive Committee

Laddie E. Irion
Chair
Vice President/Director,
Air Transportation
URS
Tampa

 

Steven T. Baldwin
Vice Chair
Senior Vice President
The Louis Berger Group
Albany

 

Robert A. Hazel
Immediate Past Chair
Partner
Oliver Wyman
Reston, Va.

 

John D. Clark, III
ACI-NA Board Liaison
CEO
Indianapolis Airport Authority
Indianapolis

 

Directors 

Roddy L. Boggus
Senior Vice President,
Aviation Market Leader
Parsons Brinckerhoff
Dallas

 

Paul Bowers
Publisher
Airport Improvement Magazine
Brookfield, Wis.
 

Leslie K. Cappetta
President and CEO
SSP America
Lansdowne, Va.

 

Armen DerHohannesian
General Manager
Armen DerHohannesian
& Associates
Hampton, N.H.

 

Bruce Feuer
Vice President,
Business Development
The Paradies Shops
Atlanta

 

Kitty P. Freidheim
President
Freidheim Consulting
Chicago

 

Evan C. Futterman
President and CEO
Futterman Consulting
Springfield, Va.

 

Kurt Krummenacker
Assistant Vice
President/Analyst
Moody's Investors Service
New York

 

Randy D. Pope
Associate Vice President,
Aviation & Facilities Group
Burns & McDonnell
Kansas City

 
     
     
 
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Top Stories
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Hot Topics
Reauthorization Headed for Extension, AMT Relief Needs Your Help

The House passed the 17th extension of FAA operating authority on Dec. 2.  The bill provided a three month extension, through March 31.  The bill was sent to the Senate for consideration.

ACI-NA President Testifies on International Aviation Security Standards

On Dec. 2, ACI-NA President Greg Principato testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security on international aviation screening standards. Principato stressed that the importance of timely and actionable intelligence information cannot be understated and is essential for the TSA and airports to appropriately adjust the aviation security posture.

Training Webinar Presented on the PFC SOAR Database

ACI-NA in conjunction with the FAA hosted a webinar on Dec. 7 for airport financial officers to provide an update on the newly revised FAA System of Airport Reporting (SOAR) database for PFC reporting.The webinar attracted over 70 attendees mostly from airports and covered topics such as the original deployment plan for air carrier portion, the difficulties and discoveries during the initial process, the new process and its deployment, and status and expectations.

FAA Extends Deadline for Airport Emergency Plan Updates

The  FAA announced last week that they will be extending the deadline for submission of an updated Airport Emergency Plan until June 30, 2011.  The required updates are described in Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5200-31, Airport Emergency Plans.

FAA Publishes Final Advisory Circular on Avian Radar

Posted in Centerlines Blog on Dec. 2 by Matt Griffin
Last week, the FAA published the final version of Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5220-25, Airport Avian Radar Systems.  The advisory circular provides airport operators with guidance regarding avian radar system components, capabilities, selection and siting criteria, and required system specifications.  The publication of the advisory circular is also a necessary step to making these systems eligible for Airport Improvement Program funding; avian radar systems that meet the required system specifications contained in the advisory circular will be so eligible.

December Centerlines Now on Online

The December 2010 digital edition of ACI-NA's Centerlines is now available. In this edition, ACI-NA President Greg Principato authors an FAQ on the recently adopted Go Forward plan that will integrate ACI-NA and the Canadian Airports Council into a single governance structure. Please read: ACI-NA and CAC: Going Forward Together.

United States, Brazil Reach Phased Open Skies Agreement

After three days of negotiations in Rio de Janeiro, delegations representing the United States and Brazil agreed last week to phase in an Open Skies regime.   DOT notes that Brazil will become its 101st Open Skies partner.  The only operational rights subject to phasing are frequencies.  The frequencies limits expire effective Oct. 1, 2015 or when the agreement enters into force, whichever is later.

Future of e-Cigarettes in Non-Smoking Areas Clouded

A federal appeals court decision on Tuesday effectively casts doubt on a continued ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in airports as well as other venues where smoking is banned.

New California Airport Handbook Posted for Review

The California Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division has released for public review and comment a draft revision of its 482-page California Airport Land Use Planning Handbook. The review period will end Dec. 27.

ACI Reports Worldwide Traffic Growth in October

Passenger demand grew markedly in October 2010, with ACI member airports reporting a solid 7.7 percent increase, as compared to October 2009.  International passenger traffic grew by a robust 9.9 percent while domestic traffic rose by 6.1 percent.

International Travel & Tourism Forecasting Webinar on Thursday

At noon on Thursday, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries and the Commercial Service Travel & Tourism Team will host a free webinar providing its five-year travel forecast by country.

Events On Approach

International Aviation Seminar: Onsite Registration
The
2010 International Aviation Seminar in Washington on Thursday explores the latest developments in international air travel. It is not too late to register. Onsite registration will be 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. The agenda was revised on Monday.

Insurance & Risk Management Conference: Enterprise Risk Management
The ACI-NA Insurance and Risk Management Conference will be held in Atlanta on Jan. 12-14 for airport risk managers and insurance professionals. This conference will feature a session on enterprise risk management and provide an update on airport cooperation research programs. During this session, Susan Warner Dooley of HNTB will give an update on the program.  This session offers 1 CPE Credit Hour. The agenda has been posted.

Dec. 21 is the Early Bird discount deadline and the last day to obtain the special group rate of $169 at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta. Call the hotel directly at (800) 937-8461 or reserve your room online. An additional $35 discount off the Early Bird conference rate is available with online registration.

ACI-NA Public Safety and Security Spring Conference: Save the Date
Join us April 4-7 for the 2011 ACI-NA Public Safety & Security Spring Conference in Kansas City, MO. This conference will be held concurrently with the Operations and Technical Affairs Conference, enabling airport safety, security, operations, planning, and engineering professionals to come together in one industry-leading forum. Join fellow airport and industry colleagues for informative and in-depth discussions on some of the most critical issues facing airports in public safety and security and operational & Technical Affairs.

March 4 is the Early Bird discount deadline and the last day to obtain the special group rate of $149 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center. Call the hotel directly at (816) 398-4931 to reserve  your room.

See upcoming ACI-NA Events

Committee Update
Business Information Technologies Committee

The ACI-NA Business Information Technologies Committee is the forum where members with airport-related information technology responsibilities can network, communicate, share data, conduct research and keep up-to-date with the latest technological developments. The committee examines new and emerging technologies for their applicability to airport systems; and reviews how existing systems can be improved to better serve the airport system and the needs of customers.

 Committee focus areas include: airport information management systems, private and public communication services, Intranet and Internet computer networking, system design and application of new technology. Members prepare congressional testimony, respond to regulatory proposals and develop national and international policies for airport operators. The committee is represented on industry and governmental communications and IT taskforces.

The committee had a successful pre-conference seminar in Pittsburgh during the ACI-NA Annual Conference & Exhibition.  The seminar provided attendees the opportunity to learn more about important business IT issues such as CCTV, Geographic Information Systems, passenger tracking technologies, IT airport implementation plans, and revenue generation in addition to the popular airport roundtable.  A committee meeting was also held during the seminar, and members selected a new steering group and addressed important committee issues.

Going into the new year, the BIT Committee will continue its focus on airport-related information technologies as well as its working relationship with the ACI World IT Standing Committee and their initiatives.

Contact ACI-NA’s Miranda Horan for more information.

Learn more about ACI-NA Committees and Programs

Industry News

Drop in Fliers Reduces Airports' Food Earnings
USA Today, Dec. 6, By Roger Yu
With air traffic down last year amid the rough economy, airports' retail and food revenues fell 4% in 2009 to $1.41 billion from 2008's $1.47 billion, according to a report by the Airports Council International-North America.

In Defense of Scanners and Pat-Downs
Wall Street Journal, Dec. 4, By Matthew Kaminski
John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration, says inconvenience is a small price to pay for safety.

A UAE, Canadian Resolution Must be Found
Arabian Business.com, Dec. 6, By Claire Ferris-Lay
It seems the Canadian government’s reluctance to offer Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlines additional landing slots at the country’s airports is starting to take its toll on relations between the two countries.

Mexican Airlines Suddenly Increase Service to U.S.
The Houston Chronicle, Dec. 3, By Jenalla Moreno
It didn't take long after federal authorities restored Mexico's aviation safety rating before Mexican carriers announced they would add more flights to U.S. cities.
 

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Blog: A Worthy Colleague
ACI-NA President Greg Principato recently
blogged about his relationship with Jim May, the retiring CEO of the Airline Transport Association.

New Research Posted
Strategic Planning at Toronto Pearson International Airport: The latest issue of Airport Cooperative Research Program Impacts on Practice explores the use of ACRP Report 20: Strategic Planning in the Airport Industry by board members of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority in training new board members and to assist its board strategic planning.

Airport Curbside and Terminal Area Roadway Operations: This ACRP report includes guidance on a cohesive approach to analyzing traffic operations on airport curbside and terminal area roadways. The report examines operational performance measures for airport curbside and terminal area roadway operations, and reviews methods of estimating those performance measures. The report includes a quick analysis tool for curbside operations and low-speed roadway weaving area, highlights techniques for estimating traffic volumes, and presents common ways of addressing operational problems. Supplemental information is available online.

Integration of Current Implementation Efforts with Long-term Planning for the Next Generation Air Transportation System:The General Accountability Office recently recommended to FAA that it work with industry and other stakeholders to develop outcome-based performance metrics and goals for NextGen broadly and for specific NextGen portfolios, programs, and capabilities and share them with the Congress. It recommended that FAA develop a timeline and action plan on a list of specific goals and outcome-based performance metrics for NextGen.

Training
Future Online Courses

Basic Airside Safety Awareness Training
Designed to be used as initial and recurrent training, this course ensures that all personnel have a minimum understanding of the hazards associated with working on the airside and what they need to do to preserve their own safety and the safety of others.
Estimated Release Date: March 2011

Disability Awareness & Sensitivity Training
This course will provide participants with an understanding of how to respond appropriately to customers with disabilities within an airport environment.
Estimated Release Date: March 2011

Dangerous Goods Awareness Training
This course will provide Dangerous Goods Awareness Training for Ramp, Passenger Handling and Security Screening Personnel.
Estimated Release Date: March 2011

Certificate in Airside Operations
This new certificate program will provide a comprehensive overview of airside operations including Airside Familiarisation, Safety, Security, Emergency Preparedness, Inspections Audits and Investigations and Environmental Management.
Estimated Release Date: April 2011

For more information visit
www.olc.aero or contact enrolments@olc.aero

Info Desk
No Tarmac Delays Longer Than Three Hours in October

The nation’s largest airlines reported no flights in October with tarmac delays of more than three hours, down from 11 flights in October 2009, with a slight decrease in the rate of canceled flights, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.   This is the first month that there were no tarmac delays of more than three hours by the reporting carriers since the Department began collecting more comprehensive tarmac delay data in October 2008. October was the sixth full month of data since the new aviation consumer rule went into effect on April 29.

Hot Topics Full Text
Reauthorization Headed for Extension, AMT Relief Needs Your Help

The House passed the 17th extension of FAA operating authority on Dec. 2.  The bill provided a three month extension, through March 31.  The bill was sent to the Senate for consideration.

The House has also included an extension of FAA’s operating authority through the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30, 2011) in the continuing resolution, which provides funding for all federal agencies.  The continuing resolution is expected to be considered by the House this week.

Despite backing from key congressional leaders, a one-year extension of the AMT waiver for Private Activity Bonds was not included in a tax cut compromise announced on Monday by President Obama and key Republicans.  The agreement also failed to extend the Build America Bonds provisions originally included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  There is a great deal of discussion ongoing over the package as the White House works with congressional leaders to find the votes necessary to ensure passage.  And, the House and Senate champions of the AMT provision, Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) and Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), continue to push for inclusion of AMT relief in the final bill.

ACI-NA President Greg Principato has urged airport supporters to contact their senators, representatives and the White House asking that the AMT relief be placed in the final tax relief bill.  He noted that the tax-free status of the airport bonds has generated or preserved tens of thousands of jobs over the past two years. In a blog posting Tuesday afternoon, Principato called for airport supporters to call their congressional delegations now.

Contact ACI-NA’s Jane Calderwood for more information.

ACI-NA President Testifies on International Aviation Security Standards

On Dec. 2, ACI-NA President Greg Principato testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security on international aviation screening standards. Principato stressed that the importance of timely and actionable intelligence information cannot be understated and is essential for the TSA and airports to appropriately adjust the aviation security posture.

In his testimony, Principato stated that safety and security are always an airport operator’s top priorities and, “each day airports partner with airlines, tenants, TSA, Customs and Border Protection and Federal, State, and local law enforcement to maintain and develop a comprehensive, layered security system that can quickly adapt and respond to new threats.”

In addressing Advanced Imaging Technology, Principato stated that ACI-NA generally supports TSA’s testing and deployment of this technology but stressed that “We remain concerned that future AIT installations will pose significant challenges at airports where major facility modifications may be necessary to accommodate the equipment”. Principato also stressed the need for TSA, the European Union and Canada to develop mutually-recognized standards for screening technology.

“Although there are aspects of the current aviation security system that are effective, there are others which need to evolve to keep pace with the projected increase in the number of passengers and volume of cargo in the United States and abroad,” Principato said. “Only through an effective partnership where government coordinates with industry to apply appropriate security measures can we ensure the long-term sustainability of the aviation system.”

Training Webinar Presented on the PFC SOAR Database

ACI-NA in conjunction with the FAA hosted a webinar on Dec. 7 for airport financial officers to provide an update on the newly revised FAA System of Airport Reporting (SOAR) database for PFC reporting.The webinar attracted over 70 attendees mostly from airports and covered topics such as the original deployment plan for air carrier portion, the difficulties and discoveries during the initial process, the new process and its deployment, and status and expectations.

Joe Hebert, the FAA’s manager for Financial Analysis and PFC Branch, addressed the session. According to Herbert, the new PFC SOAR database was redeployed on Nov. 12. The new system separates the air carrier data from the public agency data as the FAA understands that the data shown by the air carriers may differ from the public agencies’ data. FAA asked that airport reports be reconciled and brought up-to-date by Dec. 3.

The FAA expects that public agencies will be able to see what those carriers using the other part of the system are reporting for their airport(s). They expect that public agencies work with carriers first when discovering discrepancies between what carriers report and what the public agency’s figures show. If resolution is not achieved, airports are to contact the FAA. The FAA is expecting that carriers will expand use of the system and will work to increase their participation.

Contact ACI-NA’s Liying Gu or A.J. Muldoon for more information.

FAA Publishes Final Advisory Circular on Avian Radar

Posted in Centerlines Blog on Dec. 2 by Matt Griffin
Last week, the FAA published the final version of
Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5220-25, Airport Avian Radar Systems.  The advisory circular provides airport operators with guidance regarding avian radar system components, capabilities, selection and siting criteria, and required system specifications.  The publication of the advisory circular is also a necessary step to making these systems eligible for Airport Improvement Program funding; avian radar systems that meet the required system specifications contained in the advisory circular will be so eligible.

The final version of the advisory circular incorporates several comments that ACI-NA staff and members submitted to the FAA in August, substantively improving the document. Centerlines Blog posting.

FAA Publishes Solar Panel Guide

FAA has published its Technical Guidance for Evaluating Selected Solar Technologies on Airports.

For the airports considering solar projects, the guide provides information on the FAA review procedures and federal safety, planning, land use, and environmental requirements that must be meet.  The guidance focuses on photovoltaic solar technology located on airport property.  Information on potential financial incentives is included, along with case studies from airports operating solar facilities, including Denver International, Fresno Yosemite International, and Albuquerque International Sunport.

ACI-NA staff and several airports with existing solar technology reviewed a draft of the FAA guide.

Contact ACI-NA’s Jessica Steinhilber for more information.

December Centerlines Now on Online

The December 2010 digital edition of ACI-NA's Centerlines is now available. In this edition, ACI-NA President Greg Principato authors an FAQ on the recently adopted Go Forward plan that will integrate ACI-NA and the Canadian Airports Council into a single governance structure. Please read: ACI-NA and CAC: Going Forward Together.

 

United States, Brazil Reach Phased Open Skies Agreement

After three days of negotiations in Rio de Janeiro, delegations representing the United States and Brazil agreed last week to phase in an Open Skies regime.   DOT notes that Brazil will become its 101st Open Skies partner.  The only operational rights subject to phasing are frequencies.  The frequencies limits expire effective Oct. 1, 2015 or when the agreement enters into force, whichever is later.

In the interim, however, when the United States and Brazil sign the related memorandum of understanding, most elements of an Open Skies regime will be implemented including unrestricted designations (an unlimited number of carriers), open international routes, code sharing, pricing, and charters.

The U.S. and Brazilian carriers will be allowed to operate between any U.S. and any Brazilian points with full intermediate and beyond fifth freedom traffic rights.  There are no seventh freedom all-cargo traffic rights in the agreement; such rights are an optional element in the US model agreement text.

Contact ACI-NA’s Diane Peterson for more information.

Future of e-Cigarettes in Non-Smoking Areas Clouded

A federal appeals court decision on Tuesday effectively casts doubt on a continued ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in airports as well as other venues where smoking is banned.

Citing the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia determined that the Food and Drug Administration cannot ban the importation of the so-call electronic cigarette – a device that allows “smokers” to inhale vaporized nicotine. Currently, all e-cigarettes are imported.

After the FDA last year seized a shipment of the devices, the importer sought an injunction to prevent the FDA from seizing other shipments. A lower court granted the injunction as it weighed which federal law the FDA can use to regulate the devices and the extent of that authority. The appeals court continued the injunction.

The FDA has found that electronic cigarettes contain carcinogens and toxins and has issued health risk warnings about use of electronic cigarettes.  Because the FDA has announced that it intends to regulate electronic cigarettes, there should be more action to come.

Contact ACI-NA’s James Briggs for more information.

New California Airport Handbook Posted for Review

The California Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division has released for public review and comment a draft revision of its 482-page California Airport Land Use Planning Handbook. The review period will end Dec. 27.

California law requires use of the Handbookwhen preparing or amending airport compatibility plans and when preparing an Environmental Impact Report for projects within the airport’s environs.  Therefore, use of the Handbook is more than an advisory document and can have a profound impact on development potential and cost on projects within as much as six miles of publicly owned airports in California. 

Contact ACI-NA’s James Briggs for more information.

ACI Reports Worldwide Traffic Growth in October

Passenger demand grew markedly in October 2010, with ACI member airports reporting a solid 7.7 percent increase, as compared to October 2009.  International passenger traffic grew by a robust 9.9 percent while domestic traffic rose by 6.1 percent.

For the first ten months of 2010, world passenger traffic increased by 6.4 percent, with international traffic growing by 7.6 percent and domestic traffic rising by 5.4 percent, as compared to the same period in 2009.

The international freight traffic growth trend continues, but at a weaker pace in October 2010.  Total freight handled worldwide in October 2010 grew by 9.6 percent compared to October 2009 with international freight rising by 12 percent and domestic freight by 3.9 percent.  The first ten months of 2010 showed total freight growing by 19.5 percent with international freight increasing by 25.1 percent and domestic freight rising by 9.3 percent.

“Passenger growth is very robust and will most likely hold above 6 percent at year end which is excellent news after a 2 percent drop in 2009,” said ACI World Economics Director Andreas Schimm. “Looking at regional results what is striking is that growth curves are converging. Growth in North America and Europe is accelerating whereas it has been slowing down in Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Latin America-Caribbean regions.

“This narrowing of the significant spreads seen over the past 12 months is particularly visible in international traffic results.  This month we see a mere 4 percentage points between North America (8.7) and Asia Pacific (12.5) and this performance contributes to a continuation of the strong double digit international growth we have seen throughout the year.”

In the U.S. and Canada, international traffic grew by 8.7 percent and domestic traffic by 4.4 percent. All the largest airports in the sample (over 3 million passengers) report positive traffic growth for October: Atlanta (3.8 percent), Chicago (5.6 percent), Dallas/Fort Worth (4.2 percent), Houston (3.5 percent), Las Vegas (2 percent), Los Angeles (4.8 percent), New York JFK (5.6 percent), and San Francisco (7.4 percent), which boosts results for the year to date averages as well. Excellent results were reported by Boston (11 percent), Detroit (10.6 percent), Fort Lauderdale (10.7 percent) and Minneapolis (10 percent), Salt Lake City (8.7 percent) and Toronto (8.2 percent).  Small declines were reported by Cleveland, Edmonton, Newark, Oakland, San Diego, and Winnipeg.

“It seems the industry is moving into the post-recovery phase with less peak growth but a broader base of growing markets underpinned by stronger demand across all regions particularly in international traffic which bodes well for the rest of the year and supports a positive outlook for 2011,” Schimm said.

For freight traffic, the nearly 10 percent increase remains a positive sign. “October was the first month in 2010 allowing a comparison of worldwide traffic growth to a growth period in 2009. Double-digit growth rates are not sustainable over the long run, of course, but it seems that growth can continue in a range between 5 and 10 percent in the foreseeable future,” said Schimm. “As with passenger traffic, a narrowing spread of growth figures indicates consolidation on a healthy level and underpins a positive outlook for the world economy for the next 6 months.”

The two largest international air freight markets Asia Pacific and Europe saw solid increases of 12.4 and 15.8 percent respectively for October 2010 over 2009, and for the 10 month year-to-date period an increase of 27.5 and 23 percent respectively. Only the Latin America – Caribbean region recorded a decline in October (-1.06 percent).

International Travel & Tourism Forecasting Webinar on Thursday

At noon on Thursday, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries and the Commercial Service Travel & Tourism Team will host a free webinar providing its five-year travel forecast by country.

The webinar will enable participants to get a better understanding of the forecast for each of the top ten and other select visitor origin markets.

 
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