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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.

Gerald Ford Int'l Changes From County Governance to Airport Authority Control

The new governing authority at Gerald R. Ford International (GRR) is confident that the airport is now better poised for increased growth and a stronger regional presence. On July 1, 2016, the Grand Rapids, MI, airport officially transitioned from county governance to control by the newly created Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority. The transfer follows two years of discussions and three agreements between the authority and Kent County Board of Commissioners, as required by the FAA.

Charleston Int'l Renovates Terminal Just in Time for Record-Setting Growth

Charleston International (CHS) is no longer a "small town airport," and local officials are thrilled with the change. After six consecutive years of passenger growth, CHS broke its previous 2014 record by moving more than 3.4 million travelers through its terminal last year. Volume is up nearly 1.5 million passengers since 2010.

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New Train Line Opens “Corridor of Opportunity” at Denver Int’l

“Corridor of Opportunity” at Denver Int’l
From its very inception, Denver International (DEN) has been a noteworthy U.S. airport, but it recently joined the international big leagues with the addition of a rail connection and a striking on-airport hotel/transit center complex. Last year, DEN served about 54 million passengers and was ranked the sixth-busiest airport in the United States. The new 23-mile rail connection and associated $582 million hotel/transit center are expected to boost airport and convention business by making ground transportation and accommodations more convenient for passengers.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Regains Lost Parking Revenue

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Regains Lost Parking Revenue
In 2009, parking operations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) were basically on life support. With volume and revenue sliding at alarming rates, the executive team drafted Doug Wolfe, FLL's chief financial officer, to revive the ailing profit center. "Our customers were abandoning us and we were losing parking revenue," recalls Wolfe. "The off-airport parking businesses grew from 2% to 12% of market share. Something had to be done."

Virginia Commissions Statewide Airfield Assessments

Virginia Commissions Statewide Airfield Assessments
Armed with magnifying glasses and kneepads, crews spent the fall of 2014 examining the pavement and paint on every airfield at every public airport in Virginia. In total, they surveyed 62 commercial and general aviation facilities. As a result, airport operators and state officials now have a concrete plan to improve the safety and longevity of their runways, taxiways and aprons.

Nashville Int’l Establishes New 7-Year Airline Agreement, Fosters Facility Expansion to Meet Growing Demand

Nashville Int’l Establishes New 7-Year Airline Agreement
Nashville may be best known as the home of country music, but years of notable commercial growth are helping it earn some new distinctions. In 2015, for instance, Forbes ranked Nashville as the 4th best city for white-collar jobs, and Business Facilities magazine named it the U.S. city with the best potential for economic growth.

Years of Record Growth Spur New Terminal at Central Nebraska Regional

New Terminal at Central Nebraska Regional
When Executive Director Michael Olson first came to Central Nebraska Regional Airport (GRI) in 2005, commercial air service was sparse. A few years later, it was completely nonexistent for a brief time. "We knew we had to make some changes to our program," Olson recalls.

Ottawa Int'l Improves Control Center By Integrating Airfield Operation Data

Collaboration and ongoing improvement are guiding principles at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International (YOW). Recent enhancements to the airport's high-tech operations control center demonstrate how important both are at the Ontario facility.

San Francisco Int'l Launches Pilot of Paid Concierge Service

As international traffic increases and upscale overseas airlines begin to extend their first-class service beyond the cabin doors, San Francisco International Airport has taken notice-and action. In March, it launched the one-year pilot of a paid concierge service for passengers traveling on any airline, in any class of service.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Uses New Model for Inline Baggage Projects

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) recently wrapped up the installation of an inline baggage screening system in Terminal 3, part of a six-year program to enhance baggage handling and security at the Florida facility

Baltimore/Washington Int'l Creates New Airfield While Complying with Runway Safety Area Regs

When officials at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) began strategizing about how to comply with the recent runway safety area deadline, they did not expect to end up with a new airfield. One decade later, however, that's essentially what they have.

New Software Adds Mobile Connection for Ops Personnel at Los Angeles Int'l

Although the 2013 shooting incident at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was resolved in just three minutes, six people were wounded and a TSA officer lost his life. The tragic event left permanent scars on the airport...and also prompted an extensive review of response operations at the facility that serves more than 70 million people annually.

Cleveland Hopkins Accelerates Terminal Updates for Republican Convention

When throngs of red, white and blue politicos descend on Cleveland in July for the Republican National Convention, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) will greet them with a newly updated ticket lobby and other recent renovations. Between delegates, staffers, journalists, lobbyists and others, the city is expecting 50,000 extra visitors.

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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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