TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — With Ark-Tex Regional Economic Development Inc. taking the lead in Texarkana-area job creation nearly a year ago, the Twin-Cities Airport Finance Committee recently...
Blizzard warnings were posted from Colorado to Minnesota on Wednesday and wildfires were a concern in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma as the second so-called "bomb cyclone" storm in less than a...
Indianapolis International Airport lands farmers’ market
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis International Airport is landing a farmers' market that will give air travelers a taste of locally grown Indiana foods.
LONDON (AP) — Musicals "Come From Away" and "Company" lead the race for Britain's Olivier theater awards with nine nominations apiece.
"Come From Away," about a Newfoundland town that...
Storm dumps snow or heavy rain, snarls travel in much of US
NEW YORK (AP) — A sprawling storm dumped several inches of snow from the Midwest to the East Coast and deluged the South with rain Wednesday as it closed schools, snarled air travel and littered...
Snow closes school districts, delays travel in Upper Midwest
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fast-falling snow with accumulations of up to 10 inches closed scores of school districts in the Upper Midwest on Wednesday and delayed ground and air travel.
Winter weather disrupts mid-Atlantic air travel
The Latest: Ground, air travel delayed by winter storm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the winter storm causing travel headaches in the Upper Midwest (all times local):
Runways at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport were...
Winter weather disrupts air travel in mid-Atlantic
WASHINGTON (AP) — A winter storm is disrupting air travel in the mid-Atlantic region.
FlightAware.com shows Reagan National Airport leading the country in cancellations Wednesday morning,...
President Trump blasts ‘Green New Deal’
American Airlines, British Airways to invest $344M at JFK
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says American Airlines and British Airways will invest $344 million in John F. Kennedy Airport to expand and improve Terminal 8 as part of his effort to modernize the airport.
The Democratic governor on Wednesday said the expansion of Terminal 8 will feature new premium lounges, enhanced baggage and upgraded concessions.
Tennessee to offer Real-ID compliant cards in July
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will begin offering residents the option to upgrade their driver's license starting July 1 to meet federal requirements that will affect air travel.
Officials with the Department of Safety and Homeland Security told lawmakers on Tuesday that Tennesseans aren't required to get the upgraded driver's licenses. However, the Real-ID compliant-cards will be needed to fly on airplanes, go into federal buildings or enter military bases effective Oct. 1, 2020.
The Latest: Cuomo blames airport delays on ‘federal madness’
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on delays in U.S. air travel (all times local):
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says delays at East Coast airports amid a partial federal government shutdown are another symptom of the "federal madness" caused by Republican President Donald Trump.
The Democrat says the delays are hurting the economy and impacting airport safety and security. His comments came at an unrelated event in Manhattan Friday morning.
Government shutdown strains emerge in US air travel system
The strain of a 34-day partial government shutdown is weighing on the nation's air-travel system, both the federal workers who make it go and the airlines that depend on them.
Air traffic controllers and airport security agents continue to work without pay — they will miss a second biweekly paycheck on Friday — but high absentee rates raise the threat of long airport lines, or worse.
Southwest co-founder Kelleher praised for low-cost flights
DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines co-founder Herb Kelleher has been remembered as a visionary who thought everyone should have access to low-cost flights.
Kelleher, who died Jan. 3 at age 87, was honored Tuesday during a celebration of life service at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Numerous employees of Dallas-based Southwest, some wearing their ID badges and uniforms, were on hand.
Alaska fashion show changes theme after airline objects
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council changed the theme of its annual fashion show following a complaint by Alaska Airlines.
The Wearable Art show scheduled for mid-February in Alaska's capital changed its theme of turbulence to tailwind, the Juneau Empire reported this week.
Long wait times at world’s busiest airport
US aviation system is starting to show strains from shutdown
The partial government shutdown is starting to strain the national aviation system, with unpaid security screeners staying home, air-traffic controllers suing the government and safety inspectors off the job.
Miami International Airport is providing the most visible evidence yet that the shutdown is at least making air travel less convenient.
Global airlines association warns of potential Brexit impact
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Disruptions to air travel are possible if Britain leaves the European Union in March without a deal, the head of the leading association for airlines around the world warned Thursday.
Alexandre de Juniac, director general and CEO of International Air Transport Association, said the risk to traffic flow is partly under control after the announcement of contingency plans.
10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. TRUMP TO MAKE WALL CASE TO NATION
The president will argue that a "crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border requires the barrier he's demanding before ending the partial government shutdown; Senior Democrats call for chance to a televised response.
Danish newspaper to cut carbon footprint, drops most flying
HELSINKI (AP) — One of Denmark's main newspapers is pledging to reduce to its carbon footprint by ceasing domestic air travel and reducing international flights for assignments to a bare minimum.
Christian Jensen, editor-in-chief of Politiken, said Sunday that from now on all international flights by the paper's staff, only when absolutely necessary, should be offset by contributions to climate initiatives.
Herb Kelleher, co-founder of Southwest Airlines, dies at 87
DALLAS (AP) — Not many CEOs dress up as Elvis Presley, settle a business dispute with an arm-wrestling contest, or go on TV wearing a paper bag over their head.
Herb Kelleher did all those things. Along the way, the co-founder and longtime leader of Southwest Airlines also revolutionized air travel by practically inventing the low-cost, low-fare airline.
Kelleher died on Thursday. He was 87. Southwest confirmed his death but did not indicate the cause.
Blizzard warning in effect for Albuquerque into Saturday
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The National Weather Service on Friday issued a blizzard warning for Albuquerque where snow caused "treacherous travel conditions" on roadways and interfered with air travel as some flights were delayed or canceled at the city's airport.
Albuquerque International Sunport officials reported "some delays and cancellations" of departing flights and advised passengers to check with their airlines.
Airline group says Christmas travel will rise 5.2 percent
U.S. airlines expect a 5.2 percent increase in air travel during the Christmas and New Year's break, to more than 2.5 million people a day.
The busiest day is expected to be the Friday before Christmas.
The trade group Airlines for America said Tuesday it forecasts that 45.7 million passengers will fly on a U.S. airline during the 18-day stretch that starts Thursday, Dec. 20, and runs through Jan. 6, the Sunday after New Year's Day.
Rhode Island begins offering REAL ID-compliant licenses
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is offering residents the option to upgrade their driver's license to meet federal requirements that will affect air travel.
The Division of Motor Vehicles says it's offering licenses and IDs compliant with federal requirements beginning on Monday.
Current Rhode Island licenses aren't compliant with the federal REAL ID program, which was enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks to strengthen rules for identification.
Dubai airport begins using biometric tech at security
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Passport control looks a little different in Dubai International Airport — the world's busiest for international travel.
That's because the airport debuted a new "smart tunnel" that uses biometric technology, instead of human checks, to allow some air travelers to complete passport control in just 15 seconds.
Passengers register at a kiosk before going through smart gates which use iris recognition to let them through.
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Danville has an airport _ for 2 weekends, it’s also a stage
DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The flight has been canceled.
Jim, Steve and their recently hired assistant, Zoe, are having to deal with an airline representative to arrange transportation and lodging, since the next available flight to their destination isn't until 0-dark-hundred the next morning.
But this is actually an airport where this sort of thing never happens.
Missouri’s grace period to comply with REAL ID Act extended
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Revenue says the state has been given more time to comply with identification requirements under the Real ID Act.
The department announced Tuesday that the federal government has granted Missouri an extension through Jan. 21, 2019. The current extension ends Oct. 10.
During the extension, federal agencies will accept Missouri-issued driver's licenses and ID for official business, including domestic air travel.
Strong typhoon slams western Japan; 8 dead, airport flooded
TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon slammed into western Japan on Tuesday, inundating the region's main international airport and blowing a tanker into a bridge, disrupting land and air travel and leaving thousands stranded. At least eight people died and scores were injured.
At least 2 killed as typhoon slams west Japan
Officials hold groundbreaking for expansion of airport
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials have held a ceremonial groundbreaking at an Ohio airport for construction of a long-awaited expansion project.
Grand Rapids air travelers can lighten pockets for charity
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Air travelers in the Grand Rapids area can give their pocket coins to charity before going through a security line.
Gerald R. Ford International Airport is adding coin boxes where travelers can drop their money instead of putting it in a bowl and then scrambling to retrieve it after a security check. The money will go to Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids and be matched by Lake Michigan Credit Union.
The Trump administration, several U.S. senators, and Taiwanese business leaders had been urging the three biggest U.S. airlines in recent weeks to stand up against China's demand about how they describe Taiwan on their websites.
The U.S. airlines, looking at the explosive growth in China's air-travel market, decided to ignore them all.
GENEVA (AP) — Noticing more delays at Europe's airports? The leading trade group for global airlines is criticizing air traffic control agencies in Europe for seeking "super-normal profits" instead of investing to improve performance at a time when air travelers are facing longer waits.
Pack like a pro with these tips from frequent flyers
Packing your bag can be such a drag: the hassles, the mistakes that get you in trouble with the TSA, the impossibility of ever learning to travel light for a change. In this episode of the Associated Press travel podcast "Get Outta Here," AP Travel editor Beth Harpaz talks with two AP journalists who've spent a lot of time in the air, Scott Mayerowitz and Lisa Lerer, to get their advice on how to pack the perfect bag.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Department of Motor Vehicles is urging people to get a Real ID when they renew their driver's license to avoid having to make another trip to the DMV.
Starting on Oct. 1, 2020, standard driver's licenses won't be accepted for domestic air travel without additional documentation. Motor Vehicles officials are launching a statewide promotional tour to inform people about the upcoming change.
The summer air travel season is shaping up to be the busiest ever, which could mean lengthy lines at U.S. airport security checkpoints. But you can use the faster lanes if you belong to an expedited screening program, which could essentially be free to join with the right credit card.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A state audit this week concluded that North Dakota's governor, lieutenant governor, office staff and first lady used state airplanes for in-state trips with questionable purposes and for out-of-state trips where cheaper commercial flights were available. The governor's office defends its use of state planes. Here's a closer look at the issue.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has used state airplanes at least seven times for "inappropriate" commutes to or from his Fargo residence, according to a state audit that concludes governor's office air travel lacks transparency.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Long in search of ways to draw in more people, authorities in Mobile are considering a plan to make air travel more attractive by swapping the city's two airports.
A plan under consideration would send commercial passenger traffic — which currently lands west of the city at Mobile Regional Airport — to Mobile Downtown Airport at Brookley Field. Brookley currently handles mainly cargo and general aviation flights but would move its traffic to Mobile Regional.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A state audit has found nearly $7,000 in improper and unsupported payments and undeposited collections at the University of Northern Iowa's Study Abroad Center.
The audit found the problems from July 2011 to June 2014, when the program was run by Yana Cornish. Cornish left UNI in 2014 to become the director of education abroad at the University of Georgia.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An airport hangar from the early days of air transportation is among a group of New Hampshire properties that will be added to the state's register of historic places.
The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources said Wednesday that beyond acknowledgement of the properties' historical significance, the eight places can now receive relief from some building codes and regulations and are pre-qualified for many grant programs.
MARION, Iowa (AP) — A Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives has resigned to take a flying job.
Rep. Ken Rizer, of Marion, will be piloting jet aircraft out of Des Moines for a private air travel company. He's a retired Air Force officer.
Rizer was first elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2016. He's not seeking re-election this year.
Episode 51: Summer travel tips from Johnny Jet
He was once afraid to fly, but today John DiScala -- better known as Johnny Jet -- is an expert on air travel. In this episode of the Associated Press Travel podcast "Get Outta Here," AP Travel editor Beth J. Harpaz and AP's former airlines reporter Scott Mayerowitz chat with Johnny Jet about summer travel. We'll offer advice on finding and booking flights, getting the best deals and the best seat, and strategies for coping with baggage restrictions and with grumpy airline personnel.
Travel is supposed to be about relaxation, having fun, spending time with loved ones, getting away from the grind. But for many of us, travel involves stress, from going through security to the indignities of flying, to worries about what might go wrong in our destination.
Bonus Episode: To upgrade your seat on a plane, must you dress nicely?
Ever wonder why some people get their seats upgraded on planes? Is it because they're frequent flyers? Or could it be because of how they're dressed?
Episode 27: Cat on a plane? Meet Oscar
In this episode of "Get Outta Here," hosted by AP Travel editor Beth Harpaz, we talk to Tali Arbel, an AP business writer, about what it was like to take Oscar the cat on a plane. We'll also talk about how to prepare pets for flying, what it costs and what the options are.
And we'll cover a few hot-button issues in the category of flying pets: emotional support animals and what happens when other passengers have animal allergies.