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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.
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.
Sitting on a small, exclusive island off the southeast coast of Georgia, McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (SSI) serves an upscale population of private aircraft operators.
In the last year, Oakland International Airport (OAK) has increased its international traffic by a whopping 73%. That's no easy task-especially given its location directly across the bay from San Francisco International Airport and about 35 miles north of Norman Y.
When infrastructure constraints preclude loading and unloading aircraft at the terminal, airports need to get creative. Mobile boarding ramps and airside buses are two options operators are using to keep passengers safe and comfortable as they enter and exit planes on the tarmac.
The city of Austin, TX, has been expanding rapidly for the past several years, with no discernable end in sight. Last year, its population grew by 2.9% (nearly 60,000 people) and forecasters predict that the city will reach the 3 million mark before 2030.
Last fall, YYC Calgary International Airport (YYC) in Alberta capped its $2 billion airport development program with the opening of a new five-level, 2 million-square-foot terminal brimming with state-of-the-art technologies (see list to the left for specifics).
The new $29.4 million checked baggage facility at Westchester County Airport (HPN), near White Plains, NY, was in the design process for four years, but the delay was worth the wait.
Skipping the line at airport restaurants used to be the stuff daydreams were made of-usually the daydreams of travelers with tight connections, employees on limited lunch breaks or parents with hungry kids hanging on their legs as they waited in line.
As the federal government considers getting tougher on employee screening at U.S. airports, Miami International (MIA) is already exploring ways to make that happen. Its strategy? Deploying familiar technologies traditionally used to screen passengers and checked baggage.
It's a lofty honor for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International (CVG) to be the first and only airport with a security management plan certified under the federal SAFETY Act of 2002.
Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK), located in the picturesque and growing Flint Hills region of Kansas, cut the ribbon on its new terminal early this year.

Philadelphia Int'l Enhances Safety & Sustainability by Moving Baggage Claim Facility

A new $35 million baggage claim building at Philadelphia International (PHL) isn't just the final phase of the airport's $161 million Terminal F expansion; it's also a concrete example of how PHL is re-sculpting its facilities to adjust to changing market conditions.

Sloulin Field Launches Website to Promote, Chronicle Construction of New Airport

When Steve Kjergaard accepted the position as director at Sloulin Field International Airport (ISN) six years ago, he thought it would be a static, solid three-year experience without much fanfare. Boy was he wrong. Shortly after he arrived at the North Dakota facility, an oil boom struck and flooded the area with geologists, oil field workers and contractors. Hotel rooms and rental cars became scarce, and traffic at ISN ballooned.

Long Beach Airport Modifies Layout to Improve Airfield Safety

With a notoriously vexing airfield configuration, Long Beach Airport (LGB) in southern California is leading the charge for an FAA initiative to reduce runway incursions throughout the United States.

Pittsburgh Int'l Almost Doubles Point-to-Point Service

When Christina Cassotis arrived at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) in January 2015, the Midwestern airport was a lean and scrappy version of the once-bustling US Airways hub it used to be. With only 37 nonstop destinations on the airport's flight information boards, Cassotis was determined to make her mark.

Honolulu Int'l Uses Taco Wagons to Bring Hot Food to Customers in Gatehold Areas

Capitalizing on a popular streetside trend, two Hawaiian airports are using small battery-powered versions of the food trucks that have taken many North American cities by storm in the last few years.

San Francisco Int'l Makes a Design Statement With New Control Tower

At 221 feet tall, the new air traffic control tower at San Francisco International (SFO) was designed to be functional and create a new visual landmark. Occupying prime real estate between terminals 1 and 2, the tower features nearly 150 vertical feet of glass and an LED light array to provide the iconic look that airport officials desired. At the same time, the tower and base building incorporate sustainability features and cutting-edge seismic technology designed to meet the needs of the airport and FAA well into future.

Illinois County Cuts Ribbon on New Terminal & Renames Airport to Honor Veterans

After 10 years of planning and negotiating and building, Williamson County Airport Authority recently cut the ribbon on its new terminal. To honor local veterans, it changed the name of the entire facility from Williamson County Regional Airport to Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois (MWA) and named the terminal after a local World War II flying ace and former airport authority chair. Fittingly, MWA dedicated the new Captain Robert W. Duncan Airline Terminal on Veterans Day (2016).

Dallas/Fort Worth Int'l Achieves Carbon Neutrality With Holistic Environmental Practices & Partnerships

Dallas/Fort Worth Int'l Achieves Carbon Neutrality With Holistic Environmental Practices & Partnerships
During the last decade, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has amassed a host of awards for its eco-friendly programs. One recent accolade both punctuates and encompasses the entire lot: carbon neutrality, as recognized by the Airport Carbon Accreditation program of Airports Council International.

Airports Find Various Ways to Provide Relief Areas for Service Animals, Pets

Airports Find Various Ways to Provide Relief Areas for Service Animals, Pets
Since August, all U.S. commercial airports have been required to provide a post-security service animal relief area (SARA); and airport operators are responding with a wide variety of options. Specially constructed facilities range from small, utilitarian spaces in obscure areas to entire rooms with finish materials that match nearby human restrooms. Self-contained ready-to-install commercial units are another viable solution.

New Software Helps Los Angeles Int'l Prepare for Future Interline Baggage Handling Requirements

New Software Helps Los Angeles Int'l Prepare for Future Interline Baggage Handling Requirements
Mishandled bags cost the airlines money-lots of it. According to SITA's most recent annual Baggage Report, there are approximately 6.5 mishandled bags per every 1,000 passengers, for a total of 23.1 million mishandled bags annually. Skift Magazine reports that baggage snafus cost the airlines an estimated $2.3 billion in 2015.

Reconstructed Runway Rises From Rubble at Coles County Memorial

Reconstructed Runway Rises From Rubble at Coles County Memorial
Before Coles County Memorial Airport (MTO) in Mattoon, IL, reconstructed its 41-year-old main runway, the project team looked far and wide for the best way to keep costs down and cause the least possible disruption of day-to-day operations. The preferred strategy? Rubblization, a process that breaks down existing concrete into small, uniform chunks, thereby making it an ideal base for subsequent layers of asphalt or concrete.

The Twists & Turns of Transitioning Terminals

The Twists & Turns of Transitioning Terminals
Moving operations to a new terminal is a tricky task, to say the least. More realistically, it's a massive, complicated mission for any airport executive and staff. While some airports successfully handle moving into a new terminal with internal staff, others hire outside consultants to lead the way. ICT and IND each hired Chrysalis Aviation Solutions to help with their transitions.

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.

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SAFETY-First Philosophy Pays Off at Cincinnati Int'l

It's a lofty honor for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International (CVG) to be the first and only airport with a security management plan certified under the federal SAFETY Act of 2002. But it's a designation that Chief Executive Officer Candace McGraw hopes to share with other airports soon.

Manhattan Regional Cleaves Terminal to Rebuild & Expand

Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK), located in the picturesque and growing Flint Hills region of Kansas, cut the ribbon on its new terminal early this year. More than triple the size of the old facility, the new 42,000-square-foot building emerged from the footprint of the existing terminal in an unusual manner. The airport essentially cut its existing terminal in half, and then demolished, rebuilt and expanded each half during separate phases-while maintaining operations the entire time.

Airports Get Their Wag On With Therapy Animal Programs

When some people fly, they bring along lots of heavy baggage-literally and emotionally. On any given flight, there's probably more than one white-knuckle flyer, people en route to potentially life-changing job interviews or business meetings, and still others traveling for funerals or other sad events. Overstimulated children and weary seniors can also be particularly vulnerable.

Local Authority Regains Control of Ontario Int'l

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. The Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA), formed through a joint powers agreement between the city of Ontario and San Bernardino County, assumed control from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) after a successful campaign to "Set Ontario Free."

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.

Roanoke Regional Installs Beacons to Track Ground Transportation Providers

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. These days, ROA not only has a formal policy in place, it also has a new system that uses low-cost beacons to track activity and revenue.

New Paving Method Accelerates Runway Project at Grand Junction Regional

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.



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