Long delays, heaving crowds and bad tempers. Welcome to air travel in China, where an expected crush of visitors during the 2008 Olympic Games is set to make travel even more uncomfortable.China’s air transport struggles ahead of 2008 crush (Servihoo)

Long delays, heaving crowds and bad tempers.China’s air transport struggles ahead of 2008 crush (AFP via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)

MINNEAPOLIS ? One of four runways at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will close Monday for about two months while crews reconstruct the middle 3,100 feet of payment, the Metropolitan Airports Commission said.Runway at MSP to close for two months for pavement reconstruction (Winona Daily News)

Congress must authorize a new, digital Air Traffic control system …Houston Chronicle, United States – 22 hours agoThe airlines and the FAA note that scheduled airline traffic accounts for 73 percent of Air Traffic but pays 90 percent of the traffic control system’s …Small Jets, More Trips Wall Street JournalFliers pointing fingers for new funding ways at FAA Rockford Register StarThe crowd up high Bend Weeklyall 4 news articlesCongress must authorize a new, digital Air Traffic control system … – Houston Chronicle

Burst plane tyre at Bahrain hits air trafficGulf News, United Arab Emirates – 8 hours agoHowever, the disabled aircraft blocked the runway for about 45 minutes and safety-conscious airport officials suspended Air Traffic. …Burst plane tyre at Bahrain hits Air Traffic – Gulf News

FAA Focus On NextGen Obscures Real Issues Says NATCAAVweb, CT – 2 hours agoBy Russ Niles, Contributing Editor The FAA’s repeated reference to the need to modernize the Air Traffic control system is a smokescreen designed to divert …FAA Focus On NextGen Obscures Real Issues Says NATCA – AVweb

GoM to take up aviation policy this weekHindustan Times, India – 7 hours agoHowever, certain quarters have expressed concern that such a move might lead to substantial drop in revenue for the Air Traffic Controller and the matter is …GoM to take up aviation policy this week – Hindustan Times

Civil Georgia – Georgia has officially requested Russia to hand over Air Traffic records to help in investigation of the August 6 missile incident, the Georgian Foreign Ministry said. Georgia?s deputy foreign minister, Nikoloz Vashakidze, told his Russian …Tbilisi Wants Russia?s Air Traffic Records other ?? News ??

A group of ministers headed by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee would meet early this week for consultation on the civil aviation policy that includes proposals to ease norms for overseas operations …GoM to take up aviation policy this week

Editor’s note: A dozen Transcript staff members took shifts scaring up news in Norman at all hours of the day and night this past week.No time to snooze

What, if anything, are airlines doing this summer to ease the pain of flying? When you tally up their efforts, the sum seems to be not enough given almost daily horror stories.What airlines say they’re doing to ease summer’s pain

Two Australians may be among the dead after a passenger plane crashed with 20 people on board off the French Polynesian island of Moorea.Nineteen passengers and the pilot were aboard the Air Moorea Twin Otter …Australians feared among dead in Polynesian crash

South East Asia News.Net Friday 10th August, 2007 Wellington, Aug 10 The bodies of 16 passengers have been recovered after a plane crash in French Polynesia, the French High Commission and emergency services in …At least 16 killed in French Polynesia plane crash