Current Issue...

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.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Like many airports, Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International decks its halls for the winter holidays. This year, it will spend thousands of dollars on everything from professionally strung lights and wreaths to a variety of holiday entertainers - including, of course, a few hours of Santa's time during his busiest season.

Dulles, O'Hare & Sea-Tac Prepare for Historic Runway Openings

The intertwined web of the U.S. air traffic system will experience notable changes when new runways at three different airports open on Nov. 20. The effects of increased capacity at Dulles International, O'Hare International and Seattle-Tacoma International (Sea-Tac) are sure to be felt nationwide - especially during inclement weather.

Tampa Revamps Concessions & Retail for $13.5 Million

Tampa International Airport (TPA) snagged the title of "best airport in the country" in a recent Zagat survey, but it's not resting on its laurels. Throughout the past year, TPA has initiated extensive improvements to more than half of the retail and food/beverage offerings in the airport and has introduced new concepts throughout its airside and landside facilities.

Terminal 2 Debuts at RDU

From a rolling roof design emulating the natural landscape of central North Carolina to carpet patterns of abstract DNA sequences representing the region's high-tech industries, Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) has captured the essence of the local area in its newly debuted Terminal 2.

Lessons Learned

Airport executives, consultants and vendors have eagerly embraced sharing best practices and lessons learned. The number of story ideas submitted by our industry has been substantial. They're willing to share their lessons learned.

And There's More At Oakland International Airport...

A brand new terminal isn't all Oakland International Airport and Turner Construction Company have been working on.

Oakland Int'l Expands, Renovates & Goes Green

Travelers heading through Terminal 2 at Oakland International Airport to catch a Southwest Airlines flight have a lot to admire.

Indy's $162 Million Expansion of FedEx Hub Winds Down

Speed, reliability and global reach are hallmarks of FedEx service, all of which require ample resources. When forecasts signaled long-term package volume growth - particularly for international shipments - the corporation called on a key airport hub for additional capacity.

SFO Opts for Computer-Based Security Training

With more than 19,000 people to qualify in security awareness and clearances, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is using computer-based programs to fulfill training requirements.

JFK Tests Artificial Turf for Countering Erosion, FOD

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) recently installed tens of thousands of square feet of carpet. But instead of cushioning the soles of flyers' feet, the new synthetic fiber covers and protects its airfield.

Software Helps Asheville Regional Track Project Funding and Payments

Managing the many components of capital projects is a task airports work through daily. Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) in North Carolina is using a new software application to streamline and simplify the tracking of one key aspect - funding.

Style and Function Equally Important at First Aviation's New Complex

First Aviation's former facility wasn't really an ugly duckling, but its new $63 million complex easily qualifies as a beautiful swan. Stretching the length of three football fields along the south side of Teterboro Airport, its multi-story glass-front terminal punctuates the New Jersey horizon.

Rx for Ground Congestion at LAX

If the entire city of Santa Fe, NM, drove to the Los Angeles International Airport on the same day, it would be business as usual for landside operations. The airport averages about 71,400* vehicles per day - roughly 26 million last year.

GSC Replaces 10,000-Foot Runway in 59½ Days at Atlanta Hartsfield

The schedule of "liquidated damages" was particularly steep when Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) replaced one of its five major runways: $500 per minute for any delays to the re-opening.

That New York State of Mind...& Shopping

At 7,000 square feet, the Hudson Group's shops in Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport were already the company's largest contiguous retail space. Hudson, however, wanted them to be its design-leaders as well. So the company completely renovated them - even though the stores were barely three years old.

Pages

FREE Webinars

Airfield Asphalt Pavement Preservation

 

RECORDED: Thursday December 8th, 2016 at 11:00 am EST

Responsible Asset Management practices combined with an ever-increasing unprecedented pressure on budgets is reshaping the overall approach towards Airport Pavement Management. The industry is proactively assessing processes and systems to safely treat airfield asphalt pavements and pivoting more towards Preservation and Life Extension goals. P-608 Emulsified Asphalt Seal Coat is a new P-Specification released last year.

View an archived version of this session in its entirety:

View full webinar:  P-608 Best Practices - (Flash)
View full webinar:  P-608 Best Practices - (MP4 video)
Listen as Podcast:  P-608 Best Practices - (podcast)

Featured Video

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.



# # #
 

# # #