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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.
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.
Thanks to its location in south-central Maine and an extra-long runway from its early days as a military base, Bangor International Airport (BGR) plays a critical and high profile role in the worldwide aviation network. Depending on the direction of travel, BGR is the first or last major U.S.
Already a dominant player in the cargo sector, Miami International Airport (MIA) is working to boost business further with three new initiatives. Two are up and running: a new ocean-to-air shipping program and specialized operations as a pharmaceutical hub.
Gene Olson enjoys gazing from the sweeping windows in his office at General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (PIA).
It wouldn't be wise to manage a grocery store by stocking an impressive array of fresh produce while skimping on the quality and variety of meats or baked goods. All departments must be strong.
It was a momentous occasion for Ogdensburg International Airport (OGS) when Allegiant Air Flight 1711 took off for Florida on New Year's Eve.
Airport security is like a vexing jigsaw puzzle: There are many unique pieces, and all must fit together seamlessly to achieve a cohesive overall design.
As manager of environmental programs for the authority that operates T.F.
Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) has spent the past two decades honing its aircraft deicing operations into a centrally located eight-pad facility that recycles and reuses spent deicing fluids. It also transitioned to using a single common-use service provider.
As snow removal equipment continues to become more sophisticated and complex, more airports are relying on manufacturers to help train their crews to operate and maintain it. Some are even contracting equipment makers to perform major repairs for them.
Who would have thought that Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and Harley-Davidson could have much in common? As it turns out, the Motor City airport and famed motorcycle-maker use the same robotic delivery carts to improve ergonomic safety for their workers.

Where to Turn?

Like many people of our vintage, my wife is handling more and more of her aging mother's affairs. After her recent move into an assisted care facility, there was a lot of follow-up paperwork. Our experience changing my mother-in-law's address with one insurance carrier was particularly frustrating.

Richmond Int'l Pitches Paper & Saves Time with New Identity Management Software

Managing the safety, security and credentialing of employees and outside workers presents complex challenges for airport operators across the globe. U.S. airports, in particular, have found themselves swimming chin-deep in paperwork associated with post-9/11 security regulations.

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.

New Terminal at Minot Int'l Dramatically Increases Capacity & Prepares Community for Future

For many years, the only escalator in Minot, ND, was at Woolworth's, which also had a lunch counter. Today, there's a new escalator in town-inside the airport's spanking new terminal, and Minot International (MOT) holds its own claim to fame as the largest airport terminal in North Dakota.

Monterey Regional Adds Runway Safety Areas Amid Perfect Storm

Sometimes, the phrase "perfect storm" refers to a rare combination of events that leads to disaster. Other times, it describes similarly unusual circumstances that create an amazing outcome. Surprisingly, a recent runway safety area project at Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) met both definitions at various points.

San Diego Int'l Builds $316 Million Consolidated Rental Car Facility

The new 2.1 million-square-foot rental car center at San Diego International (SAN) consolidates the busy airport's car rental operations under one roof to maximize operational efficiency and enhance service for customers. Given the airport's active car rental market (more than 1 million transactions per year) and limited overall footprint (661 acres for all airport operations), the project was a tall order to fill.

Miami Int'l "Walks the Walk" with Passengers Through Security

Each year, airports spend millions of dollars improving the passenger experience. But despite luxury lounges, gourmet restaurants and high-end retail stores, many still share a common Achilles' heel: security checkpoints. Passenger grumbling has grown noticeably louder at facilities where traffic volume continues to rise and TSA staffing levels remain unchanged due to budget constraints.

Pittsburgh Int'l Installs Terrazzo with Extra Razzle-Dazzle

Travelers passing through Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) need only look down to see one of the most striking components of the airport's recent multimillion-dollar renovation. The airport replaced its uninspired, dated tile flooring with smooth new terrazzo that serves as the "canvas" for an eye-catching piece of art. The new material also eliminates the familiar racket of suitcases rolling over tile flooring.

Orlando Int'l Activates Energy Reduction Plan

While some airport operators talk about reducing energy consumption, others take action to make it happen. Orlando International Airport (MCO) recently committed to the goal of using 10% less energy in its facilities by 2018, a move that will significantly reduce operating costs and may boost the airport's reputation from "eco-friendly" to "eco-friendlier."

Cincinnati Int'l & Red Deer Regional Share Their Roadmaps for Social Responsibility

From BP and Enron to Volkswagen and Valeant, there's no shortage of cautionary tales about companies shooting themselves in the foot with egregious-and ultimately actionable-breaches of conscience. It's no wonder that organizations in all sectors, including the airport industry, are beginning to recognize the importance of corporate social responsibility (CSR for short).

Calgary Int'l Looks Forward to Increasing Customer Service & Decreasing Energy Consumption with New Baggage System

When Calgary International Airport (YYC) in Alberta opens the doors to its new International Terminal later this year, a new baggage handling system will be among its notable features. The system is designed to run faster, use less energy and facilitate better bag tracking. Importantly, it will also eliminate the need for passengers on connecting flights to claim and recheck their bags.

JFK Int'l Adds Boarding Bridge with Elevated Rotunda & Stacked Walkways to Accommodate A380s

The firm that operates Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) faced a unique challenge last year: It would soon have four carriers flying Airbus 380s into the terminal, and only two gates were equipped to handle the double-decker aircraft.

Delta Passengers Plug in as Atlanta Int'l Begins Terminal Modernization Plan

With a $6 billion renovation and expansion program getting underway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int'l Airport (ATL), passengers are already enjoying tangible improvements. Early efforts focused on one of the most sought-after customer amenities: a comfortable place to sit down and plug in cellphones and laptops.

Meadows Field Reduces Runway Reconstruction Cost With Quarter-Crown Design

When officials at Meadows Field Airport (BFL) in Bakersfield, CA, started planning to replace the facility's aging main runway, they expected a price tag of around $10 million. But the initial tally approached $70 million, prompting a bad case of sticker shock.

Port Columbus Int'l Invests in Existing Facilities, Prepares for Future Construction

The decision to renovate or build new is often viewed as a high-stakes fork in the road, but Port Columbus International (CMH) seems comfortable straddling the common divide. In March, the Ohio airport celebrated the end of an $80 million terminal renovation program while maintaining its options to build a new midfield terminal in the future. Fresh finishes, an infusion of natural lighting and updated mechanicals were completed to bridge the gap until passenger numbers establish a clearer path toward ground-up construction.

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Airports Turn to Equipment Vendors for Crew Training & Maintenance

As snow removal equipment continues to become more sophisticated and complex, more airports are relying on manufacturers to help train their crews to operate and maintain it. Some are even contracting equipment makers to perform major repairs for them.

Detroit Metro Pioneers Ergonomic Improvements in Checked Baggage Screening

Who would have thought that Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and Harley-Davidson could have much in common? As it turns out, the Motor City airport and famed motorcycle-maker use the same robotic delivery carts to improve ergonomic safety for their workers.

San Francisco Int'l Installs Wayfinding Towers & Custom Self-Service Check-in Units

As part of an ongoing effort to improve the passenger experience, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) recently debuted more than 80 new common-use self-service units (CUSS) in its International Terminal.

Sky Harbor Unveils First Phase of $590 Million Terminal Makeover

Passengers traveling through Terminal 3 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) are getting through check-in faster, navigating the TSA screening process more easily and relishing new views of the desert and city-and more improvements are on the horizon.

Detroit Metro Fast Tracks Reconstruction of Major Runway & Associated Taxiways

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) recently completed the reconstruction of one of its primary arrivals runways, 4L-22R, and several associated taxiways. Major construction began in April 2016, and the runway reopened just seven months later in early November.

Kelowna Int'l Showcases Local Beauty & Products via Sense of Place Campaign

With planners projecting that Kelowna International (YLW) will serve 2 million passengers by 2020, the British Columbia airport is embarking on programs to prepare its facilities and customer service practices for future demand.

Laredo Int'l Leverages Bi-National Customs Stations to Support Mexican Cargo Ops

In 2015, when overall U.S. foreign trade declined 5.6%, business was booming in Laredo, TX. In fact, trade was at a record high, and Laredo climbed to third in the nation-behind only Los Angeles and New York City.



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