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For more air transport news, data and analysis, please go to: http://www.airguideonline.com/professional.htm Jul 31, 2006

Routes, the annual get together for airports and airlines will feature a much higher profile from the aircraft manufacturing industry when it opens its door in Dubai 17-19 September. Airbus and Embraer have confirmed their attendance, with more airframe people expected to join up following Routes' visit to Farnborough last week. Route analysts and senior executives from the manufacturers will be on hand to offer guidance and analysis to their airline customers from around the world as they explore potential new routes with airports. The decision of hardware suppliers to increase their profile at this year's event demonstrates its increasing strategic importance to the industry. Dubai will be the 12th annual gathering and it is set to surpass 2,000 delegates for the first time. New attendees include Brazilian Airport Group Infraero, which looks after 60 airports; transatlantic all-business operator Eos and San Antonio Airport of the USA. Seen here is the Mexico Airports stand at Copenhagen 2005. http://www.routesonline.com Jul 29, 2006

UK passport holders will have to pay more for passports from October 5, but after all it is for ten years. A standard passport will increase to [pounds sterling]66 for the normal postal service (up from [pounds sterling]51), [pounds sterling]91 for the fast track option (previously [pounds sterling]77.50), and [pounds sterling]108 for the premium same day service (up from [pounds sterling]96.50). The cost of the larger frequent travelers passport is going up too, but at the last inquiry they were not available. The Passport Office says the increase in fees (a 15% rise since last December) has been introduced to cover the costs of the new style ePassport, which includes an embedded secure chip containing the holder's personal details and a scan of their photograph Over one million ePassports have now been issued in the UK, and from the end of the summer all new passports will contain the biometric chip. This is in line with US requirements for countries wishing to remain...

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