We will be hosting the 2020 South Central Chapter Annual Conference in Houston next year in Spring 2021.
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Planning for Success: Board Retreat, August 2020
From left to right: Scott Alexander, Rick Crider, Don Green, Logan Beszterda, Lenny Llerena, Dru Llerena
United Express Service to Take Off at Abilene Regional Airport
August 11, 2020 | Abilene, Texas
– Abilene Regional Airport announces today that United Express flights, operated by SkyWest Airlines, will begin this fall. The new service will provide daily flights from Abilene Regional Airport (ABI) to Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). To read more, click here.
HAS Provides ITRP Update to City's Economic Development Council
June 16, 2020 | Houston, Texas
– On June 17, the Houston City Council’s Economic Development Committee (EDC) was briefed on the continuing progress of the Program, which will provide a world-class experience for millions of passengers each year. Through the impacts of COVID-19, ITRP has continued to move forward. Because of a significant decrease in air traffic due to COVID-19, ITRP has the opportunity to move forward with potentially less complex phasing and logistics considerations involving aircraft and passenger movements around the construction activities. To read more, click here.
Notice of Second Extension for Essential Air Service Program
Sept 21, 2020 | DOT
– DOT has issued a notice to extend the effective date of a policy outlining conditions under which airlines providing Essential Air Service (EAS) may receive compensation for certain non-completed flights as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The effective date of the policy is now Dec. 31. The department noted that carriers participating in the EAS program continue to encounter record-low demand. To read more click here.
President Signs Bill To Fund Government Through Dec. 11
Oct 1, 2020 | CNN
– President Trump has signed legislation to fund the federal government through Dec. 11.
The short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) includes federal funding and an important fix for the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF), which is suffering from a dramatic drop in revenue due to reduced passenger levels and the temporary suspension of aviation excise taxes through the end of the year that was approved as part of the CARES Act. The CR bolsters the AATF with a $14 billion infusion from the general fund. To read more click here.
Calendar of Events
Loretta Scott, A.A.E. Accreditation/Certification Academy
November 15, 2020
SCCAAAE Annual Conference
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House Passes Democratic Relief Package
The House on Oct. 1 approved on a largely party-line vote a $2.2 trillion Democratic plan — the updated Heroes Act — that includes funding for airports, concessionaires and airlines.
However, the Senate is not expected to take up the partisan measure, and the stalemate prompted the airlines to begin furloughing tens of thousands of employees.
The updated Heroes Act includes $13.5 billion to help airports and concessionaires deal with COVID-19. Of that amount, $12.5 billion would go toward commercial service airports with 25 percent reserved for concessionaires. Funds would be distributed based on fiscal year 2019 enplanements.
The plan calls for $500 million to cover the local match requirement for airport projects funded with fiscal year 2021 money. Another $200 million would be reserved for nonprimary commercial service and GA airports. Like the CARES Act, the federal share for projects would be 100 percent.
For airlines, the House bill would provide more than $28 billion to extend the Payroll Support Program and keep aviation workers on the job.
Legislation Offered To Extend Payroll Support Program
Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have introduced legislation to extend the Payroll Support Program at a cost of almost $29 billion.
The bill would extend the Payroll Support Program and provide $25.5 billion to passenger air carriers, $300 million for cargo carriers and $3 billion for contractors. Wicker chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, and Collins chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation.
The CARES Act included $25 billion for passenger carriers and a prohibition on involuntary layoffs or furloughs through Sept. 30. Airlines, labor groups and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are pressing for another $25 billion to extend the PSP through March, a move that could prevent passenger carriers from laying off or furloughing tens of thousands of employees.
Mary Rose Loney, A.A.E., 68, died Sept. 15 of cancer that had gone undetected until a few weeks ago. Private services will be held in Pittsburgh.
She was one of the first women to earn AAAE’s Accredited Airport Executive certification and was a valued mentor to women in aviation. She received AAAE’s President’s Award in 1994.
Among other positions, Mary Rose served as Commissioner of the Chicago Aviation Department, the first woman to hold that position; and was the first woman director of Philadelphia International.
Mary Rose left Chicago in 2000 to run a transportation company and developed experience in turnaround management, which included reviving a public-private partnership promoting Denver International. Later, she started The Loney Group, an aviation consultancy that she ran until her retirement two years ago.
She is remembered by colleagues as an outstanding mentor, as well as for her professionalism:
Over the last several months, our nation has faced a global threat unlike any other. Business, industry and world leaders must make critical decisions in the context of ever-changing information about a virus that has affected millions, battered the global economy and perhaps altered the workplace environment forever.
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