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When some people fly, they bring along lots of heavy baggage-literally and emotionally.
Nov. 1, 2016, marked a new era for Ontario International (ONT), as ownership, management and operation of the Southern California airport returned to local control.
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.
When Tim Bradshaw took the helm as executive director at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional (ROA) in 2014, the Virginia airport didn't have a ground transport policy.
Like many airports, Grand Junction Regional (GJT) performs its airfield repairs late at night and early in the morning to avoid disrupting flight operations. Naturally, this stretches projects across more days because crews work in shorter shifts.
Creating a security system is a lot like constructing a new building-it needs to be built properly to be strong, stable and function as intended.
Amid billions of dollars in passenger-oriented enhancements occurring inside Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), substantial improvements are also occurring for airlines out on the ramp-especially in Terminal 7, which is used exclusively by United Airlines.
For years, Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) faced a problem many airports would relish: too much passenger demand. Now, BOS can accommodate three of the world's largest passenger jets simultaneously, and plans are set to add more gates in a few years.
In metropolitan Atlanta, locals commonly refer to the complex roadway intersection where Interstate 85 meets Interstate 285 as Spaghetti Junction. But it's not the only interchange to earn the descriptive moniker.
There's more to the new $8 million main runway at Porter County Regional Airport (VPZ) in Valparaiso, IN, than meets the eye.
Last fall, amid the final flurry of campaign activity before the U.S. presidential election, New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA) experienced a runway incident that briefly closed the entire airfield and thrust its safety systems and response procedures onto center stage.
From driverless cars to online stock trading by individual investors, technology continues to transform industries. Airports are no exception. In fact, a recent survey from SITA indicates that airports worldwide spent a record $9+ billion on information technology (IT) projects last year.

Local Donations Help West Michigan Regional Build New Terminal

Local Donations Help West Michigan Regional Build New Terminal
Community support for West Michigan Regional (BIV) in Holland, MI, is highly visible to anyone arriving at the general aviation airport. Literally. Contributors who donated to the "Earn Your Wings" fundraising campaign will be formally recognized on a permanent display in BIV's new Airport Business Center, the primary showpiece of a $7 million improvement program that also added a parking lot and expanded the existing aircraft apron.

Win-Win-Win: New Car Rental Facility at El Paso Int'l Benefits Airport, Agencies & Customers

Win-Win-Win: New Car Rental Facility at El Paso Int'l Benefits Airport, Agencies & Customers
A new $46 million rental car facility at El Paso International Airport (ELP) reflects a simple but sometimes-overlooked truth: Airports and rental car agencies both benefit when travelers can rent cars quickly and efficiently in comfortable, carefully conceived structures.

San Jose Int'l Upgrades Security Perimeter Beyond Federal Requirements

San Jose Int'l Upgrades Security Perimeter Beyond Federal Requirements
Following a series of high-profile security breaches at Mineta San Jose International (SJC), the airport teamed up with local and federal agencies and is working toward a safer, more secure facility through perimeter fence upgrades and technology enhancements.

Detroit Metro Updates Food & Beverage Lineup With New Options & Gatehold Delivery

Detroit Metro Updates Food & Beverage  Lineup  With New Options & Gatehold Delivery
Visitors at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) might not leave the McNamara Terminal if it's up to their taste buds. Earlier this year, the airport launched an entirely new lineup of food and beverage offerings that includes farm-to-table freshness and an updated combination of local and national options. In addition, the terminal also features delivery service in two gatehold areas, Motown-flavored live music and a lush green wall.

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."

Pittsburgh Int'l Rolls Out Renewed Train System

Pittsburgh Int'l Rolls Out Renewed Train System
After 24 years and more than 2 million miles in service, the people mover trains connecting the landside and airside terminals at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) are virtually all new and rolling into the future. A four-phase, $11 million project modernized the trains with new underframes and updated interior elements (flooring, air conditioning, lighting, etc.).

Troy Municipal Overcomes Environmental & Cost Issues With Alternative Instrument Landing System Antenna

To continue supporting high levels of general aviation and military activity, Troy Municipal Airport at N. Kenneth Campbell Field (TOI) completed a bevy of requisite steps to begin the extension of its primary runway. Permits and land were acquired, the site was prepped and new pavement was installed.

Crews Use Advanced Systems to Repave Runway at Yakutat Airport

When the main runway at Alaska's Yakutat Airport (YAK) experienced damage from harsh hydrogeological conditions, the state's Department of Transportation and Public Facilities tread carefully when crafting a solution. As owner and operator of the airport, the department knows that any project in the lowlands area around the Gulf of Alaska includes extra hurdles-specifically weather and logistics.

Nantucket Memorial Goes Paper-Free for Part 139 Recordkeeping & FBO Ops Management

With more than 16 million annual enplanements, Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is the undisputed grande dame of Massachusetts. What many people don't know, however, is that during summer, the state's second-largest airport rivals BOS' flight operations due to its own volume of general aviation traffic.

FedEx & Cryotech Partner to Develop Greener Deicing Fluid for Cargo Ops at Memphis Int'l

Some say it takes a village to raise a child. Along the same lines, it took an airport, a product manufacturer and a delivery service giant to decrease the environmental impact of aircraft deicing operations at the busiest cargo airport in the United States.

Redmond Municipal Uses Communication, Planning to Mitigate Regional Impact of 3-Week Closure

There's no easy way-or good time-to shut down an airport for three weeks, especially a regional hub that serves as a major tourism gateway. But officials at Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) pulled it off with nary a hitch during a recent $18.5 million runway reconstruction project.

Henderson Executive Installs LED Ramp Lights

When you hear the phrase "bright lights, big city," Las Vegas may be one of the first places that comes to mind. Effective light management, however, is an exacting science that takes into account many variables such as lumens, energy usage, lamp longevity and even light pollution. All of the above and more came into play when Henderson Executive Airport (HND), located in the very shadow of Vegas' world-famous "strip", expanded its airfield ramp area and installed new lighting during a four-month, $4 million project last fall.

Charlotte Douglas Int'l Boosts Airfield Maintenance Program

Charlotte Douglas International (CLT) has invested heavily in its airfield maintenance program over the past several years. From airfield markings and lighting to snow removal, landscape operations and wildlife management, the North Carolina airport has committed time and resources to its comprehensive effort.

Industry Insiders Offer Online Forums for Airport Colleagues

Once the exclusive domain of tech geeks and ultra-serious computer gamers, online forums are now mainstream information sources for many people. Airport operators and personnel, in fact, have multiple industry-specific sites at their disposal.

Alaska Tries New Method for Repairing Runway Lights

Airfield maintenance can be tough at any location, but few places in North America present more challenges than northern Alaska. Keeping runway and taxiway lights working at the remote airfields that dot the state can be extremely challenging, and workers who undertake the job often work in downright punishing conditions.

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LaGuardia's Safety & Response Systems Shine During High-Profile Runway Runoff

Last fall, amid the final flurry of campaign activity before the U.S. presidential election, New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA) experienced a runway incident that briefly closed the entire airfield and thrust its safety systems and response procedures onto center stage. When the dust settled, it also reaffirmed the airport's policy of putting safety first and proved that planning ahead can make all the difference.

Smartphones, Sure. But Smart Restrooms?

From driverless cars to online stock trading by individual investors, technology continues to transform industries. Airports are no exception. In fact, a recent survey from SITA indicates that airports worldwide spent a record $9+ billion on information technology (IT) projects last year.

The Chick-fil-A Craze

Five years ago, Chick-fil-A was in four U.S. airports. By the end of 2017, company officials say they'll have nearly 30 restaurants in more than 25 airports throughout the country and one at Calgary International in Alberta, Canada.

Tulsa Int'l Performs Cybersecurity Audits

As director of Information Technology at Tulsa International Airport (TUL), James Rockholt knows a thing or two about cybersecurity. It's what he doesn't know that keeps him awake at night. The scope of potential problems that fall under his domain is mindboggling, ranging from inside threats mounted by disgruntled employees or tenants to attacks from outside forces such as professional cyber criminals, politically motivated attackers (hacktivists), state-sponsored aggressors from foreign countries, "script kiddies," and even customers passing through the terminal.

Greenville-Spartanburg Int'l Remains Operational Throughout 5-Year Ground-to-Ceiling Rehab

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) recently put the finishing touches on its $127 million Wingspan project, the largest capital improvement initiative ever undertaken at the South Carolina airport. In essence, GSP completely rebuilt its terminal from the ground up, expanding from 225,000 to 375,000 square feet.

Bismarck Municipal Reaps Benefits & Reduces Risk With Privately Developed Rental Car Facility

Like blind dates and family vacations, airport projects don't always go as originally planned. Case in point: the new rental car service center at Bismarck Municipal Airport (BIS) in North Dakota.

Checkpoint Wait Times Plummet After Airlines Add Automated Screening Lanes at O'Hare Int'l

Chasing away unpleasant memories from massive backups at TSA checkpoints last spring, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD) opened five new automated screening lanes in November.



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