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When Denver International Airport (DEN) lays out the welcome mat, it goes all out. The largest and fifth-busiest airport in the United States now features a signature entry sign that stretches a quarter-mile long, with more than 900 LED-lighted poles that form a ribbon of moving light.
The decision to replace the carpeting throughout northwest Florida’s Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) was a practical one. After all, millions of passengers had trekked through the terminal since it opened in 2004, and the original carpeting was beginning to show its age.
Portland International Airport (PDX), much like the city itself, takes pride in all things local and unique. The array of food, drinks and art throughout its five concourses communicates that pride in no uncertain terms.
When cargo flights are delayed or diverted, it not only affects customers expecting freight, it also impacts airports handling the traffic. Sometimes it takes a domino effect of gate shifts to accommodate off-schedule or unexpected cargo flights.
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has put the state’s money where its airports are. Recognizing and emphasizing the importance of air transportation to general economic prosperity, the governor launched the $200 million Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition in 2016.
It has been about seven years since Uber and other transportation network companies (TNCs) first hit the streets in the United States.
Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) recently doubled the size of its terminal, made widespread technology upgrades and increased baggage handling capacity using an innovative project delivery method that had airport employees—not outside contractors—managing and coordinating all of
Patrolling the perimeter fence at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) is a difficult task, thanks to about 400 acres of swampland—and the alligators, snakes and other wildlife that live there. But it’s an easy job for a camera-equipped drone.
Since 2006, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) has been incrementally transitioning its airfield lighting from incandescent to light emitting diode (LED) technology.
Early last year, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in Broward County, FL, experienced the deadliest airport shooting in U.S. history when a passenger killed five people and sent six others to the hospital with injuries.
Airports often award a single contract for their janitorial services. Beginning this year, executives at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) are taking a different tack.
There is a lot of buzz about the “customer experience” these days. Sometimes referred to as simply “CX,” it has become the focal point of business plans and marketing strategies across a wide swath of industries.

Denver Int'l Upgrades Airfield Lighting

Before a $6.64 million airfield lighting project was completed at Denver International (DEN) last spring, the airport's surface movement guidance and control system (SMGCS) needed a major upgrade. The system, which was installed in the 1990s, included stop bar lights at runway entrances for all six runways but no in-pavement runway guard lights. In addition, its multimode fiber optic cable was old and some of the connectors were starting to break off, explains DEN's Electrical Support Engineer Heather McKee.

Pittsburgh Int'l Combines Two Software Packages to Integrate Airfield Reporting

When the weather is deteriorating and pilots need accurate, up-to-date runway condition reports, the time it takes to create and forward manual reports can be costly. Incorrect or stale information can lead to incorrect decisions, which, in turn, can lead to disastrous results.

Evolution of an Issue

Three years ago, we brought you our very first Runway & Ramp Special Edition. It seemed like a logical decision. We were already running multiple airfield articles in many issues, and we still had a growing backlog of excellent leads. Plus, more and more suppliers and consultants focusing on runway and ramp work were advertising, and conferences like Snow Symposium, SWIFT, IES and FOD were regular stops for magazine staff.

What Works

While I would like to believe that the only communication vehicle our industry needs is a publication like Airport Improvement, I'm not naïve enough to tell you so.

A Commitment to Green for Non-Aeronautical Revenues

Squeezed by increasingly tight budgets, business-savvy airports of various types and sizes are turning to their land and its natural resources for additional streams of non-aeronautical revenue. Some earn surprisingly sizable returns by the bushel or acre.

Chattanooga Metro Builds New General Aviation Facility to Spur On-Field Competition

For years, general aviation customers at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) longed for new service providers to help drive down higher-than-average fuel prices and hangar costs on the south Tennessee field.

VALE Grant Boosts Environmental Efficiency of Portland Jetport's Terminal Expansion

When officials at Portland International Jetport in Maine (PWM) initiated preliminary design work for the airport's recent $75 million terminal expansion, their sustainability goals were relatively modest compared to what was ultimately achieved.

Leveraging Technology for Asset Management

With about 2 million square feet of interior space, nine separate buildings and 3,000+ pieces of equipment under its purview, the facilities maintenance department at Spokane International Airport in Washington (GEG) has a lot of ground to cover. Its wide variety of duties - from preventive maintenance on the HVAC system and snow removal to unclogging restroom toilets and changing baggage belts - used to be managed on a rudimentary whiteboard. Assignments were listed and then crossed off or erased.

Air Force Academy Ditches Grass for Synthetic Turf

When the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, (KAFF) invested $5.4 million in 19 new gliders last year, officials knew that its sailplane landing area would no longer suffice. Dried clumps of native grasses made for an extremely rough landing surface that was overstressing and fatiguing the aircraft.

Orlando Int'l Enhances Service with New Remote Baggage Screening Facility

With one of the busiest checked baggage systems in the country, baggage handling is a critical component to overall operations at Orlando International Airport (MCO). During Florida's peak tourism season, outbound volume ratchets up to 54,000 pieces per day, with influential customers including Walt Disney World, Carnival Cruise Lines, Orange County Convention Center and Rosen Shingle Creek Resort contributing to the volume.

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Leveraging Technology Throughout the Airport SMS Lifecycle

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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.

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Sea-Tac Int’l Leverages Competition to Boost Janitorial Efficiency

Airports often award a single contract for their janitorial services. Beginning this year, executives at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) are taking a different tack. They divided up the work and awarded contracts to three different companies, hoping that competition among the firms will improve efficiency and tangible results.

Airline Consolidation & Dehubbing Trigger Rightsizing Projects

There is a lot of buzz about the “customer experience” these days. Sometimes referred to as simply “CX,” it has become the focal point of business plans and marketing strategies across a wide swath of industries. Everyone from chief executives to frontline foot soldiers is charged with making customer interactions exceptional, memorable and worth repeating.

Northeast Ohio Regional Maintains Commercial Certificate to Support Economic Growth

In 1965, a forward-thinking businessman and aircraft operator named Robert Morrison marshaled local politicians and civic leaders to create the Ashtabula County Airport Authority for the purpose of developing an airport that would serve as an economic driver for Ashtabula County and northeast Ohio.

Tampa Int’l Kicks Off Master Plan Updates With New Rental Car Center & Automated People Mover

Valentine’s Day was extra sweet for Tampa International Airport (TPA) this year. The growing Florida facility opened two substantial new pieces of infrastructure to the public: a $323 million consolidated rental car center and a $412 million automated people mover. Both projects were designed to reduce curbside congestion at the terminal, improve customer service and pave the way for future passenger growth.

St. Clair Regional Closes Up Shop After 10-Year Struggle

St. Clair Regional Closes Up Shop After 10-Year Struggle
Building and opening a new airport is no easy task—that goes without saying. As it turns out, closing one may not be any easier. Just ask the folks in St. Clair, MO.

Wyoming Airports Band Together to Save Their Commercial Air Service

Wyoming Airports Band Together to Save Their Commercial Air Service
When Devon Brubaker began his job as manager of Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport (RKS) in spring 2015, many residents of the southwest Wyoming community were not even aware the airport offered service to major connecting hubs. Since then, his team has worked with SkyWest Airlines to create more affordable flights, supported by more effective marketing; and Brubaker is proud of the results.

Orlando Melbourne Int’l Deploys New Airfield Radar System

Orlando Melbourne Int’l Deploys New Airfield Radar System
When you think of cities with large high-tech and engineering sectors, you probably think of San Jose, CA. Or Austin, TX. Or maybe even Huntsville, AL. But Melbourne, FL, is a powerhouse of its own, with key facilities for Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, L3, General Dynamics, Thales, Embraer Executive Jets, and the world headquarters of Harris Corp.



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