Category - Landside Development

Airport Services Facility is Latest Addition to Emerging Aerotropolis at Edmonton Int'l

The business world loves a company in growth mode and gets downright giddy when projects bring several growth-oriented companies together. That said, the recently completed multi-tenant complex at Edmonton International (YEG) could be a poster child for concurrent expansion by airport service companies.

Los Angeles Int'l Uses Public-Private Partnerships to Build Automated People Mover & Consolidated Rental Car Facility

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is no stranger to construction projects. Since 2009, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has been hard at work on a $14 billion capital improvement program at LAX and garnering the distinction as the largest public works program in the city's history.

Rockford Int'l Builds Mega Maintenance Facility Despite Freeze on State Funds

Located about 70 miles northwest of O'Hare International, Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) is often obscured in the shadow of its busier, better-known neighbor. This fall, however, RFD enjoyed a significant moment in the sun, when it opened one of the largest maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities in the world.

T.F. Green Completes Comprehensive Landside Lighting Conversion

T.F. Green Completes Comprehensive Landside Lighting Conversion
In his new book, "Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things In Extraordinary Ways," Fast Company co-founder William C. Taylor emphasizes, "You don't have to be working at world-famous innovators such as Uber or Airbnb to be accomplishing something remarkable. Often, the best opportunities are in the humdrum sorts of businesses that clean buildings, run parking lots or deliver rural health care."

Lost Nation Airport Boosts Income with Community Sports Park

Lost Nation Municipal Airport (LNN), a reliever for Cleveland Hopkins International, has an unusual business as its major tenant. It's not a corporate flight department or aircraft maintenance shop, but rather a family sports and recreation facility, complete with basketball courts, indoor soccer fields, batting cages and lots of other facilities designed for fun.

Commerce Park Drives Growth at Sebring Regional

Maximizing income from multiple sources is important for all airports, but it's especially crucial for small general aviation facilities that don't collect commercial landing fees, or have high-volume potential from parking and concessions.

Denver Int'l Expands into "Airport City" With Hotel, Conference Center & Transit Link

When plans for Denver International Airport (DEN) were first conceived in the 1980s, airport executives knew a hotel and mass transit connection to downtown Denver would eventually be needed. Their foresight is now beginning to take shape, in the form of an on-airport hotel/conference center that opened in November, and a new transit center slated to open this spring.

San Jose Int'l Brings Rubber Removal In-House

Removing rubber from runways is a significant maintenance expense at most big-city airports. As such, facility operators are continually debating the relative merits of outsourcing the job or investing in personnel and equipment to handle the ongoing task in-house. Given the cost and safety-sensitive nature of the work, it's a pivotal decision.

Vancouver Int'l Centers Landside Development Project on Designer Outlet Shopping

A new stream of non-aeronautical revenue began flowing for Vancouver International Airport (YVR) when an upscale outlet shopping center opened on airport property in July. The landside development includes 65 stores for designers such as Coach and Armani, and is located just two stops from YVR on Canada's popular rapid transit system.

Mobile Airport Authority Leads Efforts to Develop Brookley Aeroplex & Surrounding Community

Roger Wehner, executive director of the Mobile Airport Authority, keeps the photograph of a child he barely knows on his desk as a reminder of the authority's mission. The young boy was playing in an old park that used to be part of the Brookley Air Force base. These days, the park serves a lower-income community adjacent to Mobile Downtown Airport (BFM), and the airport authority is helping renovate it.

Small Airports Adopt Airport City Strategies

Pizza makers, football teams and brew houses certainly aren't the most common sources of non-aeronautical revenue; but they're exactly the kind of businesses currently adding to the bottom line at some airports.

Plans for Business Park in the Works at Albuquerque Int'l Sunport

When Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) closed its original runway in 2012, the airport's director of aviation, Jim Hinde, saw a distinct bright side. Hinde envisioned the opportunity to redevelop the land and increase the airport's non-airline revenues by establishing a global business incubator. The change in land use, he reasons, will not only enhance the airport's financial stability, but also benefit the city of Albuquerque and state of New Mexico.

Ongoing Landside Development at Louisville Int'l Benefits Airport, City & UPS

A pending $2.3 million land sale at Louisville International Airport (SDF) in Kentucky marks another step in converting 700 acres previously populated with residential properties into commercial developments that benefit the airport, greater Louisville economy and United Parcel Service (UPS), the region's biggest employer and airport's largest tenant. The properties are being voluntarily vacated through an airport noise relocation program.

More Airports Opening Compressed Natural Gas Stations to Public

In the early days of automobiles, motorists had to seek out hardware stores, blacksmith shops and even pharmacies to fuel their tanks with a petrochemical product that was primarily used as a solvent. In fact, the nation's first drive-through gasoline station didn't open in Pittsburgh until 1913.

A Commitment to Green for Non-Aeronautical Revenues

Squeezed by increasingly tight budgets, business-savvy airports of various types and sizes are turning to their land and its natural resources for additional streams of non-aeronautical revenue. Some earn surprisingly sizable returns by the bushel or acre.

Business Booms When Landside Development is Done Right

Although they're thousands of miles apart, the landside developments at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) have a lot in common. Both airports successfully developed on-site land to build opportunities, create jobs and better serve the airport and surrounding communities.

Landside Terminal Focuses on the Customer

When Sacramento International Airport (SMF) built the new four-story, 424,000-square-foot landside portion of its new Terminal B, "passenger experience" was a top design criterion. The result, say team and airport officials, is an airy building with clean lines that is easy for visitors to navigate.

Toronto Pearson Helps Launch Eco-Business Zone

Making an airport more sustainable is a huge task. Making the entire industrial/commercial area surrounding it is an even bigger undertaking; but it's a task officials at Toronto Pearson International Airport believe is worth the effort.

Green Airport Plaza Sprouts Up at Newark Liberty

A new $5.9 million airport plaza scheduled to open at Newark Liberty International Airport in September may foretell a new trend in landside development. According to its developer, the plaza is the first of its kind in the country.

Highway Signs Modified to Clarify Twin Cities Confusion

Driving into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) used to be a challenging and sometimes frustrating experience. But the Metropolitan Airports Commission is working to make that a thing of the past with a $1.4 million signage program executed last fall and winter.

Santa Barbara Shoots for Silver & Wins Gold

When Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) began constructing its new rental car facility in summer 2007, officials hoped it would earn a silver rating in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). As it turned out, the $7.8 million facility achieved a gold rating.

Wisconsin County Airport Attracts Industrial Park as Neighbor

For a small general aviation facility, Fond du Lac County Airport (FLD) in Wisconsin has surprisingly large snow removal equipment at its disposal. The best part is, the airport doesn't own the equipment, and it even collects a few thousand dollars each year in the process.



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