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In February, Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) began requiring workers to carry their personal items in clear bags when passing through security checkpoints on their way to work.
This spring, Scottsdale Airport (SDL) in Arizona received good news about its new Operations Center. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the building silver certification for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED).
Orlando International Airport (MCO) is on track for continued growth and increased intermodality with the debut of its South Airport Automated People Mover System early this fall.
Completing airfield construction around the hustle and bustle of fully operational commercial service is challenging enough. But the margin for error is almost nonexistent when flights are grounded right before Christmas and the work window is just 15 days.
After a decade of surging traffic, South Texas International Airport (EBG) needed to upgrade its fueling operations to keep customers streaming in. So that's just what Airport Manager Debora Melvin did.
In May, Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) received a giant shot in the arm when it was named the best-connected medium-sized airport in the United States. Industry analyst William S.
The Maryland Aviation Administration is transforming the way it manages the volume of facility documents and geographic information system data generated and used at its two airports.
Los Angeles International (LAX) recently experienced a monumental shift that had nothing to do with seismic activity or regional fault lines. It was a self-induced shift to relocate Delta Air Lines that ultimately affected more than two dozen carriers.
Aéroports de Montréal recently rehabilitated the primary runway at Montreal-Mirabel International (YMX), one of the three largest aeronautical centers in the world and a major hub for Quebec's economy that serves 24 cargo airlines and a host of corporate and military tenants.
People outside the industry sometimes think of airports as nothing more than places for airplanes to land and take off. Halifax Stanfield (YHZ) in Nova Scotia aspires to be much more-for passengers and its community.
A challenging management issue is emerging at many U.S. airports: As increasing numbers of long-time senior executives prepare to retire, their next-in-line successors typically don't have the business, management and leadership skills the top positions demand.
Already commonplace in South and Central America, bag-wrapping services are gaining a foothold in the North American marketplace, with a high concentration in Canadian airports.

Dayton Int'l Teams with Local Audubon Center to Discourage Birds from Flight Paths

It's no secret that aircraft and birds don't play well together. Dayton International (DAY), Ohio's third-largest airport and the historic birthplace of aviation, strives to keep the peace on its airfield by separating the two populations from one another.

Atlanta Int'l Goes All-In With LED Lighting & New Airfield Markings

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) recently completed two massive projects to relight and remark its airfield. Almost all of the work occurred simultaneously, from March 2014 to July 2015. Together, the improvements cost the airport about $34 million - with no outside funding.

Who's Your Role Model?

Recently, I read an article about the steps Pfizer has taken to shape its internal culture. It really caught my attention that the pharmaceutical giant explicitly uses the provocative phrase "no jerks" to convey how management expects employees to behave.

Indoor Golf Concession is Par for the Course at Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l

"Airports are more than simply points of departure and arrival. They are complex businesses in their own right," said Angela Gittens, director general of Airports Council International World, at this year's Airport Service Quality Awards ceremony.

Mega-Makeover at Memphis Int'l Begins With Apron Upgrades

Memphis International (MEM) is embarking on an ambitious, multi-faceted plan to right-size its passenger terminal for a better fit with present and future traffic. The current priority, however, is airside enhancements.

APEX Program Provides Peer-to-Peer Safety Reviews Worldwide

Airports Council International (ACI) forecasts that existing airport capacity will need to double by 2031 to handle more than 12 billion passengers and 136 million aircraft movements per year. The collective price tag for capital expenditures needed to service the increased traffic is estimated at more than $1 trillion. Yes, that's trillion with a "t."

Regional Development Spurs & Supports Hangar Construction at Spokane Airports

Spokane has a rich aviation/aerospace history, and the entity that owns and operates its airports is relying on that background to grow. Plans for growth, however, extend well beyond airport facilities and traffic to include the overall economy of Eastern Washington.

Saskatoon Int'l Nearly Doubles Terminal Size Without Incurring Any Debt

After nearly three years of construction, crews completed the $53 million terminal renovation at Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (YXE) in April, and the improvements are already receiving international recognition. Passengers ranked the Saskatchewan airport number one in North America for comfortable waiting spaces in gate areas via the quarterly Airport Service Quality awards administered by Airports Council International.

Vehicle Simulator Reduces Risk During Firefighting & Rescue Training at O'Hare Int'l

Emergency crews at O'Hare International Airport (ORD) can now train without the omnipresent danger of blazing flames and structural collapse. There's no smoke and mirrors involved, just a customized aircraft firefighting and rescue (ARFF) simulator that safely replicates actual emergency situations with virtually no risk to equipment or personnel.

Outsourcing Facility Management of Rental Car Center Bodes Energy Savings for Atlanta Int'l

An emphasis on sustainability helped land Cofely Services a $21 million, five-year facility management contract as a strategic partner overseeing the Consolidated Rental Car Center at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

Gulfport-Biloxi Int'l Fixes Deteriorating Touchdown Zones

Despite extra challenges from a mid-project military event and an unusually large pool of stakeholders, Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT) finished a $13.6 million runway reconstruction project last year - on time, on budget and without any interruptions to commercial airline service.

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.

New Solar Array Cuts Energy Bills at Burlington Int'l

"Going Green" is more than a slogan at Burlington International (BTV); it's a literal description of the Vermont airport's recent environmental project. The 500-kilowatt solar array BTV installed on top of its parking garage last year includes a verdant rooftop garden - a fitting feature for the busiest airport in the "Green Mountain State."

3 Strategies for Keeping Customer Wi-Fi Humming at Peak Performance

There's no denying it: cell phones, laptops and tablets are officially ubiquitous. According to SAP, there were more mobile devices than people on Earth at the end of 2013.

Mitchell Int'l Moves Explosives Detection Behind the Scenes

The ticketing lobby at Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is once again more open and spacious. Gone are the seven SUV-sized explosives detection system machines that invaded the entry space after 9/11 changed screening requirements. And travelers no longer have to maneuver their luggage to the large, intimidating machines.


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Leveraging Technology Throughout the Airport SMS Lifecycle


RECORDED: Thursday, September 7th, 2017 at 11:00 am EDT

Most airport layouts were designed when passengers played cards while waiting for a flight because an onboard meal was an expectation and the very idea of a smartphone would have been laughable.

What was once a mess of beam seating everywhere now has a multi-function use: part lounge, part cafe, part office and a wealth of amenities. New uses of spaces as well as new types of furniture are finding their way into the airport because today's passenger is really focused on getting to point B rather than the journey itself. Airport design and furniture elements have a stronger impact on the passenger experience than one may realize. There's the comfort. The durability. The usability.

Matt Dubbe from Mead and Hunt and Joe Agati from Agati Furniture will tackle these questions and others in: Airport Interiors are Experiencing Massive Change: What You Need to Know.

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Evolving Requirements for Senior Airport Execs Demand Succession Planning & Employee Development

A challenging management issue is emerging at many U.S. airports: As increasing numbers of long-time senior executives prepare to retire, their next-in-line successors typically don't have the business, management and leadership skills the top positions demand.

Bag-Wrapping Services Gain Popularity in Canada

Already commonplace in South and Central America, bag-wrapping services are gaining a foothold in the North American marketplace, with a high concentration in Canadian airports.

Orlando Int'l Adds Giant Common-Use Video Wall Behind Check-In Counters

When you hear the word "Orlando," you probably think of vacation attractions: Disney World. Sea World. Beaches. Golf. Or perhaps you've attended an event at the Orange County Convention Center, the second-largest convention complex in the United States.

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.

Dallas/Fort Worth Int'l Renovates Terminal A

Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) celebrated another milestone of its $2.7 billion Terminal Renewal & Improvement Program (TRIP) in January, with the completion of renovations in Terminal A. The $650 million Terminal A project kicked off in 2011 and, like the entire capital program, centered around improving the customer experience.

Northwest Florida Beaches Int'l Installs Drone Detection System

As the recreational drone craze continues to grow, the popular fad is literally hitting the radar of personnel charged with maintaining the safety and security of airports around the country.

Quality Trumps Bid for Operation & Maintenance Contract at Orlando Int'l

When it comes to bidding airport work, airports and respondents alike know that the bottom line of a proposal usually seals the deal-and eventually the fate-of a potential contract.

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