Manchester Airport

Ted Kitchens came to New Hampshire last fall, after serving as manager at Houston Intercontinental Airport.  We'll hear his ideas on how to boost passenger traffic in Manchester, which has declined for the past thirteen years, and the unique challenges of regional airports, and issues facing the aviation industry at large. 

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As the government shutdown continues, most TSA workers in New Hampshire are still going to work at the state's airports, but this week, they’re about to miss their second paycheck.


Valyria Lewis of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), which represents the 164 TSA workers in New Hampshire, said appreciation from passengers and politicians isn't enough. 


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Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is getting $3.5 million in federal funds to reconstruct and relocate several taxiways.


New Hampshire lawmakers plan to reopen the debate on whether the state should comply with federal personal identification laws. This comes after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security signaled it plans to strongly enforce compliance starting in 2016.

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Tower
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The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is starting a program for people who park there frequently.

"MHT FASTPASS," starting Sept. 1, will allow customers to quickly enter and exit the airport parking areas using a card tied to a debit or credit card.

Drivers would be able to use a designated lane, swipe their card, and quickly be on their way. Accounts can be managed online.

The program is free to join. Points can be earned and redeemed for free parking.

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Tower
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Manchester-Boston Regional Airport officials say the airport recently completed its annual Federal Aviation Administration inspection with no corrective actions noted.

The inspection is similar to an audit and is done over three days. The review includes airport rescue/firefighting equipment training and response times; the airport emergency plan; snow and ice control procedures; operations and maintenance records and logs; and other categories.

Airport Director Mark Brewer said this year's inspection came on the heels of a very challenging and prolonged winter.

Daniel Peters

A photography exhibit focusing on aviation in New Hampshire recently opened at the state library in Concord.

It will be on display through Feb. 25.

Rita Hunt works in the Bureau of Aeronautics for the state Department of Transportation, and joined Morning Edition to talk about aviation in the state and the exhibit.

People don’t often think of New Hampshire as a state with a rich aviation industry, but there’s a lot going on here.

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Tower
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Officials at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport are pushing back against a recommendation that the control tower be closed from midnight to 6 in the morning.

The proposal comes out of an internal review done every few years by the regional FAA Control Tower Manager based in Manchester.

It’s now up to the FAA whether to follow through.

Airport spokesman Tom Malafonte says the recommendation is still in the early stages, but airport officials with the airport have already reached out to the FAA to make clear their opposition.