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Philadelphia Int’l Transforms Terminal B With New Approach to Holdrooms & Concessions
Philadelphia isn’t only about the Liberty Bell and other key pieces of U.S. history. It’s also the site of a new and innovative approach to airport design and concessions.
Lehigh Valley Int’l Adds Multi-Modal Transportation Center
After years of negotiations, the design of the Multi-Modal Transportation Center at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) finally hit all the right notes for airport officials and the rental car, bus and taxi operators that serve the new facility.
Merritt Island Airport Builds Seagrass Island, Restores Saltwater Marsh to Add New Runway Safety Area
In the course of meeting FAA design standards for runway safety areas, Merritt Island Airport (COI) upgraded its previous grass safety zone and completed four associated environmental mitigation projects in 2016.
Houston Airport System Improves Incident Response With Mobile Command Center
"Be prepared” isn’t only the motto for Boy Scouts. The Houston Airport System follows the same philosophy for providing emergency services at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Ellington Field (EFD).
Northwest Arkansas Regional Overcomes Perplexing Runway Issues Caused by Alkali-Silica Reaction
After four years making do with an alternate landing surface, Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) is pleased to be operating with its primary runway back in business.
Kennedy Int’l Uses Cloud-based Technology to Manage Terminal Traffic
Unlike most aircraft traffic, pedestrian traffic inside the terminal is notoriously tricky to track and predict. It takes no time at all for congestion to build at ticket counters/bag drop areas or lines to form at security checkpoints.
Greenville-Spartanburg Int’l Dovetails Ramp Replacement With Terminal Rehab
Completely rebuilding a terminal is a massive undertaking in and of itself. But Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) recently doubled down when it replaced the adjoining airside apron and trench drain system during its comprehensive five-year terminal renovation.
O’Hare Int’l Continues to Expand Cargo Capacity With New Landside Warehouse
Wander through the new Northeast Cargo Facility at Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD), and you never know what you’ll see. It could be a multimillion-dollar racehorse, a 1950s Ferrari restored to impeccable condition, or something so unique it’s hard to tell exactly what it is.
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
For more than 20 years, travelers, airport employees and the general public have enjoyed the 12.5-mile Hiker-Biker Trail that loops around the outside of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).
Bill & Hillary Clinton Airport–Little Rock, AR
Ronald Mathieu believes in three things regarding infrastructure projects: listening to customers, doing it right the first time and preparing for the future.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Leverages Technology & Advisory Panel to Expand Universal Access Far Beyond Legal Requirements
Video-relay sign language interpreting for travelers who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Camera-equipped glasses that facilitate real-time navigational cues for visually impaired passengers. Flow-through elevators and restrooms specifically designed for wheelchairs.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l Adds Food Truck Alley.
No matter how cold and blustery it gets this winter, passengers and employees at Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) will still be able to enjoy the wildly popular food truck trend that is sweeping the nation.

South Bend Airport Completes Expansion & Changes Leadership

Before John Schalliol retired as executive director of South Bend Airport (SBN) in Indiana, he oversaw the culmination of a $15.8 million concourse project that added five new gates, 45,000 square feet of terminal space and numerous passenger conveniences. The final phase, which consolidated passenger screening and added advanced imaging technology, debuted in February, just prior to his retirement celebration.

Watertown Municipal Embraces Tenant Management

Although some in the industry may liken tenants managing their airports to inmates running their asylums, the arrangement makes perfect sense to others. Often, it's the owner of the local fixed-based operation (FBO) who assumes the lead role; and it usually occurs at small, general aviation fields.

Baltimore/Washington Int'l Optimizes Baggage Handling System

After Southwest Airlines acquired AirTran Airways last year, its Checked Baggage Inspection System (CBIS) at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) went from taxed to overloaded. "Our flights peak at 199 flights per day, and AirTran was running 48 flights per day," recalls Jimmy Dickerson, manager of federal airport security technology for Southwest. "Our CBIS could not by itself handle the combined baggage for the two carriers."

Market RewardsQuick Reflexes, Fluid Planning

Everyone knows an airport that dutifully writes a master plan, gets it approved and promptly places it on a shelf, where it remains unopened for 15 to 20 years until the next plan is due...

San Diego Int'l Switches to LED Runway Status Lights

Despite the best efforts of air traffic controllers, pilots and ground support staff, runway incursions can still occur. One of the FAA's frontline strategies to help further reduce incursions - Runway Status Lights (RWSL) - took another step forward in November, when the system at San Diego International Airport (SAN) was updated with LEDs.

Security Training for Florida Airports Funded with License Plate Sales

"By making the program available to all public-use airports, we have made airport security a top priority - even for airports that previously could not afford to offer training to their staff," explains David Roberts, FDOT Aviation Operations administrator. The agency also extends training to onsite workers not employed by the airport, such as local police officers who respond to calls at the airport.

Airports Use Carts & Kiosks to Boost Concession Revenues

The movie Field of Dreams popularized the notion that "If you build it, they will come." But some airports are taking the corollary approach - not building additional concessions space - and customers and vendors still continue to come.

Edmonton Int'l Makes the Most of a Down Economy

Expansion 2012 is an ambitious, four-part project that expands the terminal at Edmonton International Airport (YEG) by 463,000 square feet and adds a new central utility plant. Plans outside the terminal include construction of a new control tower/office building and roughly 32 football fields of concrete apron. Originally expected to cost $1 billion when planning for the project began in 2008, airport officials were able to leverage economic conditions to their benefit and expect to finish on-time and well under budget at $670 million, reports Paul Garbiar, vice president of infrastructure an

Finding the Opportunities Hidden in Uncertainty

On Valentine's Day, President Obama signed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, a 4-year authorization, ending 41/2 years of split Airport Improvement Programs (AIP) and a record 24 congressional extensions.

Rogue Valley Int'l Develops New Method to Diffuse Fog

Surrounded by the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges, Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR) in southwest Oregon has always been prone to freezing fog and the operational complications associated with it. These days, however, MFR is using a new system developed by its own staff to diffuse fog and help reduce flight delays and cancellations. That's good news for passengers on about 56 flights per day, many who are connecting to eight larger hub airports.

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Leveraging Technology Throughout the Airport SMS Lifecycle

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RECORDED: Thursday, September 7th, 2017 at 11:00 am EDT

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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New Connector Facility Improves Access & Convenience at Los Angeles Int’l

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Most terminal connectors are simple structures—enclosed hallways without much additional utility or aesthetic flourish. The five-level connector that opened at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in 2016 is an entirely different story. The new, modern facility that joins Terminal 4 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal includes a checked baggage inspection system, an interline baggage transfer facility, its own TSA passenger checkpoint and a public plaza with outdoor seating.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Leverages Technology & Advisory Panel to Expand Universal Access Far Beyond Legal Requirements

Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Leverages Technology & Advisory Panel to Expand Universal Access Far Beyond Legal Requirements
Video-relay sign language interpreting for travelers who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Camera-equipped glasses that facilitate real-time navigational cues for visually impaired passengers. Flow-through elevators and restrooms specifically designed for wheelchairs. Improved pictogram signage to communicate crucial wayfinding directions without written language.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l Adds Food Truck Alley

Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l Adds Food Truck Alley.
No matter how cold and blustery it gets this winter, passengers and employees at Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) will still be able to enjoy the wildly popular food truck trend that is sweeping the nation. This summer, the Twin Cities airport transformed a traditional food court in its Lindbergh Terminal into an indoor urban alleyway, complete with faux brick walls, decorative outdoor lighting and four full-size food trucks.

San Luis Obispo Regional Celebrates New Terminal

San Luis Obispo Regional Celebrates New Terminal
After nearly two decades of preparatory projects and two radically different terminal designs, San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) will finally get to cut the ribbon on its new $39.5 million terminal this November. At 56,000 square feet, the terminal is nearly five times larger than the airport's old facility. Passenger amenities include the airport's first airside concessions, a larger holdroom, free WiFi throughout the terminal, and 17 self-service check-in kiosks.

New Vehicle & Station Expansion Boost Emergency Response at Juneau Int'l

Vehicle and Station Expansion, Boost Emergency Response, Juneau Int'l
Traffic is changing at Juneau International (JNU), and so is the airport's emergency response program. As the airfield begins to receive an increasing number of larger-capacity aircraft, officials are enhancing its aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) capabilities accordingly. Last year, the Alaska airport purchased a $750,000 state-of-the-art ARFF vehicle that is so tall and wide, JNU needed a larger station to house it. The recent $2.6 million renovation project also brought its facility up to FAA specifications and added more room for gear and support functions.

Ideas Build Success at Medford Airport

Ideas Build Success at Medford Airport
Thinking "outside the box" is uncomfortable and difficult for many adults. For Bern Case, AAE, it seems to be second nature. For example, there's a retired KC-97 Stratotanker parked permanently outside the airport fence that serves as a rental facility for parties and other special occasions. In the past year alone, it has been the site of more than 200 events. Then there's the replica of the White House Oval Office, created in a spare room inside the terminal. It's also popular for weddings and other celebrations.

New Parking Structure at Asheville Regional Showcases Local Landscape

New Parking Structure at Asheville Regional Showcases Local Landscape
As North Carolina continues to grow as a popular tourist destination, Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), in the western part of the state, is working to keep pace with the associated influx of passengers. The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority recently addressed record demand for parking by constructing a five-level structure that will not only increase capacity but also represent some of the region's landscape on its exterior facade.



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