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When Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB) opened its new restaurant last fall, the West Virginia airport raised the concessions bar for rural airfields everywhere. The menu at Landings features selections such as arepas, bolitas de mofongo and profiteroles.
With the completion of an award-winning runway project at Cherry Capital Airport (TVC), Traverse City, MI, is well prepared to welcome travelers to Northern Michigan for the summer tourist season.
Acquiring and managing luggage carts can be an expensive proposition, but Lexington Blue Grass Airport (LEX) and Harrisburg International (MDT) lighten the load by rolling equipment costs into their parking contracts.
With its 10-year shuttle bus agreement nearing expiration a couple years ago, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority seized the opportunity to investigate alternative fuel options for Nashville International Airport (BNA).
With a whopping 85.5 million annual passengers, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is considered the second-busiest airport in the United States. But at the end of March, the bustling facility ranked first in the nation for the number of automated screening lanes (ASLs) it has in place.
Blockchain is the buzzword in information technology today, and airports such as Miami International (MIA) are paying attention.
A $14.1 million runway extension project at Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH) will enhance safety and allow the South Carolina airfield to accommodate larger aircraft.
Curaçao International Airport (CUR)
Curaçao International Airport (CUR), on the Dutch Caribbean Island of Curaçao, is in the home stretch of a $36.4 million expansion and renovation to increase its capacity from 1.6 million to 2.5 million passengers per year.
Worcester Regional Airport in Worcester, MA, is perched on a hill 1,000 feet above sea level, which is high elevation in that area. It’s also one of the snowiest cities in the United States, regularly receiving over 100 inches of white fluff per winter.
Building on its mountain of other sustainability programs, Denver International Airport (DEN) tested an environmentally sensitive runway deicer last winter, and initial results were promising.
A project to install 27 electric charging stations at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) is among the recent examples of the ongoing shift to zero-emissions fleets of airside vehicles such as baggage tugs, belt loaders and pushback tractors.
Jim Gill, president and chief executive officer at Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR), is the first to admit that he uses the word “collaboration” a lot when talking about the Grand Rapids, MI, airport—especially its $45 million Gateway Transformation Project.

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.

Despite Mild Winter, O'Hare Flexes its Snow Ops Muscle

As one of the busiest airports in the country, operations at O'Hare International (ORD) can impact the entire air traffic system. Even during unpredictable winter weather, it's vital for the large Chicago hub to run safely and smoothly. Thanks to its award-winning operations team, ORD continues to meet the challenges that roll in with the Windy City's winter storms.

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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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Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Int’l Begins Transition to Electric Ground Service Equipment

A project to install 27 electric charging stations at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) is among the recent examples of the ongoing shift to zero-emissions fleets of airside vehicles such as baggage tugs, belt loaders and pushback tractors. The Alabama airport installed 13 dual-port chargers and one single-port charger to support electric ground service equipment purchased by Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines. The charging stations and supporting infrastructure, installed in 2016, are located on concourses A and C.

Community Collaboration Drives Transformation at Gerald R. Ford Int’l

Jim Gill, president and chief executive officer at Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR), is the first to admit that he uses the word “collaboration” a lot when talking about the Grand Rapids, MI, airport—especially its $45 million Gateway Transformation Project. But with $17 million of the total cost coming from private donations, it is difficult to find a better descriptor.

Fernandina Beach Municipal Opts for Airplane-Shaped Terminal Concept

Fernandina Beach Airport (FHB) didn’t simply build a new terminal to handle general aviation operations for Amelia Island, just off Florida’s northeast coast. The project team took a page from the community’s history book and designed the building to resemble the iconic 4FU Corsair aircraft that flew from the airport during World War II.

New LED Welcome Sign at Denver Int’l is One of a Kind

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.

New Carpeting at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport Makes Environmental Statement & Conveys Local Essence

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. But instead of installing an ordinary pattern that no one would notice, VPS management decided to make a statement with custom-designed carpet tiles.

Experiential Concessions Faring Well at Portland Int’l

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.

Delta Opens New Cargo Control Center to Track Shipments

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.



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