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Southwest Florida Int’l Self-Funds New Control Tower
As the last major step of a plan to control its own destiny, Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers will soon give FAA the keys to its new $81 million airport traffic control tower.
Reagan Nat’l Opens Two New Security Checkpoints
Reagan National Airport (DCA) opened two new security checkpoint buildings shortly after Americans observed the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Memphis Int’l Modernizes and Expands While Consolidating Concourses
Memphis International Airport (MEM) is consolidating all passenger operations from three aging concourses to one brand-new, seismically-compliant Concourse B. The $245 million investment also allows MEM to modernize and expand the more than 50-year-old building to set the stage for future growth.
Privacy Pods Gaining Popularity With Passengers and Airports
Cellphones and laptops at the ready, a fair amount of business travelers regularly arrive early at Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) to squeeze in a few calls or emails before departing.
Austin-Bergstrom Int’l Consolidates Maintenance Services in New 16-Acre Complex
Austin-Bergstrom International (AUS) had expanded its terminal and amenities to accommodate an unprecedented boom in passenger traffic over the past decade. Now, the central Texas airport has also improved its behind-the-scenes operations with a new consolidated maintenance complex.
Blue Grass Airport Races to Repave Runway in 72 Hours
There is a certain type of NASCAR fan who prefers to watch races from pit road because that’s often where races are won or lost. They love to see the carefully choreographed flurry of action as crews fuel up a car and swap out four tires in less than 15 seconds.
Terminal Upgrades Improve Flow at Buffalo Niagara Int’l
It’s too small. That was the first impression William Vanecek, director of Aviation for Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, had when he walked into Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) on his first day of work in November 1998.
Tweed-New Haven Regional Prepares for New Traffic With Funding From Avelo Airlines & Avports
Big changes are underway at Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport (HVN), and even bigger changes are in the works. Current projects include $5.2 million of improvements, most notably the addition of modular buildings to provide space for a 300-seat holdroom and a new ticketing area.
Sanford Seacoast Regional Provides Airfield Land for Large Solar Farm
A concerted, collaborative effort has turned empty land at Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport (SFM) in rural Maine into a privately financed 50-megawatt solar farm.
New Health Clinic at Baltimore/Washington Int’l is a Shot in the Arm for Travelers and Employees
Passengers and workers at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) who need medical assistance no longer have to wonder if there’s a doctor in the house.
San Diego Int’l Builds New Airline Support Building
In July, San Diego International Airport (SAN) commemorated the opening of its brand new Airline Support Building. The $49 million project is part of a larger program to enhance overall behind-the-scenes facilities.
Celebrating Oregon - Rogue Valley International–Medford (MFR)
Passengers traveling into and out of Rogue Valley Intl–Medford Airport (MFR) in southern Oregon will likely recognize the large new mural in the main terminal.
Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Modernizes, Expands North Satellite
This summer, just as passengers returned in significant numbers, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) opened Phase 2 of its $710 million North Satellite modernization project, adding much-needed gates and square footage.

Southwest Florida Int’l Self-Funds New Control Tower

Southwest Florida Int’l Self-Funds New Control Tower
As the last major step of a plan to control its own destiny, Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers will soon give FAA the keys to its new $81 million airport traffic control tower. As such, the Lee County Port Authority is the first airport owner/operator to build and equip an FAA control tower without any federal funds. Construction of the tower is expected to be substantially complete by November, and the FAA is slated to begin installing equipment by January 2022. If all goes according to plan, RSW’s new tower will start operating before the end of 2022 with freshly trained staff.

Reagan Nat’l Opens Two New Security Checkpoints

Reagan Nat’l Opens Two New Security Checkpoints
Reagan National Airport (DCA) opened two new security checkpoint buildings shortly after Americans observed the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The $269.8 million project was expressly designed to heighten security at the major airport just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., and to improve the screening experience for passengers and TSA officers.

Memphis Int’l Modernizes and Expands While Consolidating Concourses

Memphis Int’l Modernizes and Expands While Consolidating Concourses
Memphis International Airport (MEM) is consolidating all passenger operations from three aging concourses to one brand-new, seismically-compliant Concourse B. The $245 million investment also allows MEM to modernize and expand the more than 50-year-old building to set the stage for future growth.

Privacy Pods Gaining Popularity With Passengers and Airports

Privacy Pods Gaining Popularity With Passengers and Airports
Cellphones and laptops at the ready, a fair amount of business travelers regularly arrive early at Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) to squeeze in a few calls or emails before departing. And it always distressed Scott Hinderman, executive director of the Indiana airport, to watch them bypass traditional seating areas and workspaces to huddle in remote corners for some peace and quiet.

Austin-Bergstrom Int’l Consolidates Maintenance Services in New 16-Acre Complex

Austin-Bergstrom Int’l Consolidates Maintenance Services in New 16-Acre Complex
Austin-Bergstrom International (AUS) had expanded its terminal and amenities to accommodate an unprecedented boom in passenger traffic over the past decade. Now, the central Texas airport has also improved its behind-the-scenes operations with a new consolidated maintenance complex.

Blue Grass Airport Races to Repave Runway in 72 Hours

Blue Grass Airport Races to Repave Runway in 72 Hours
There is a certain type of NASCAR fan who prefers to watch races from pit road because that’s often where races are won or lost. They love to see the carefully choreographed flurry of action as crews fuel up a car and swap out four tires in less than 15 seconds.

Terminal Upgrades Improve Flow at Buffalo Niagara Int’l

Terminal Upgrades Improve Flow at Buffalo Niagara Int’l
It’s too small. That was the first impression William Vanecek, director of Aviation for Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, had when he walked into Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) on his first day of work in November 1998.

Tweed-New Haven Regional Prepares for New Traffic With Funding From Avelo Airlines & Avports

Tweed-New Haven Regional Prepares for New Traffic With Funding From Avelo Airlines & Avports
Big changes are underway at Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport (HVN), and even bigger changes are in the works. Current projects include $5.2 million of improvements, most notably the addition of modular buildings to provide space for a 300-seat holdroom and a new ticketing area.

Sanford Seacoast Regional Provides Airfield Land for Large Solar Farm

Sanford Seacoast Regional Provides Airfield Land for Large Solar Farm
A concerted, collaborative effort has turned empty land at Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport (SFM) in rural Maine into a privately financed 50-megawatt solar farm. The $120 million array, which went live in November 2020, is one of the largest airport-based solar energy farms in the United States, as measured by annual megawatt, alternating current (MWac) production.

New Health Clinic at Baltimore/Washington Int’l is a Shot in the Arm for Travelers and Employees

New Health Clinic at Baltimore/Washington Int’l is a Shot in the Arm for Travelers and Employees
Passengers and workers at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) who need medical assistance no longer have to wonder if there’s a doctor in the house. In August, the airport opened a full-service urgent care clinic in its main terminal; and the new facility typically treats approximately 50 to 60 patients per day.

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San Diego Int’l Builds New Airline Support Building

San Diego Int’l Builds New Airline Support Building
In July, San Diego International Airport (SAN) commemorated the opening of its brand new Airline Support Building. The $49 million project is part of a larger program to enhance overall behind-the-scenes facilities. The purpose-built facility was designed to provide a more efficient approach to cargo operations and consolidate support functions into a single centralized location.

Celebrating Oregon - Rogue Valley Int'l–Medford (MFR)

Celebrating Oregon - Rogue Valley International–Medford (MFR)
Passengers traveling into and out of Rogue Valley Intl–Medford Airport (MFR) in southern Oregon will likely recognize the large new mural in the main terminal.

Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Modernizes, Expands North Satellite

Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Modernizes, Expands North Satellite
This summer, just as passengers returned in significant numbers, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) opened Phase 2 of its $710 million North Satellite modernization project, adding much-needed gates and square footage.

Atlanta Int’l Installs First Integrated CT-Automated Security Lane Checkpoint System in U.S.

Atlanta Int’l Installs First Integrated CT-Automated Security Lane Checkpoint System in U.S.
In 2019, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) was the world’s busiest airport—hitting an all-time high of 110 million passengers. To increase throughput and maintain its service level agreement of less than 20-minute wait times for passenger screening, ATL added five new lanes to its South Security Checkpoint.

Twin Cities Reliever Airports Live Up to Name

Twin Cities Reliever Airports Live Up to Name
The six general aviation airports operated by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) are called relievers for a good reason: They significantly reduce traffic pressure that would otherwise congest Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP), the major airport of the system.

Bigger, Better Fuel Farm Comes Online at St. Louis Int’l

Bigger, Better Fuel Farm Comes Online at St. Louis Int’l
The new $50 million jet fuel storage facility at St. Louis Lambert International (STL) nearly doubles the airport’s storage capacity to 3 million gallons. The fuel farm, which began operating in August, replaces an aging underground storage tank facility constructed more than 60 years ago.

Parking Improvements at Louisville Muhammad Ali Int’l

Parking Improvements at Louisville Muhammad Ali Int’l
With passenger traffic on the rise and dated parking facilities straining at the seams, Louisville Muhammad Ali International (SDF) began expanding and upgrading its parking operations in 2019. Since then, the Kentucky airport has invested more than $36 million in new facilities, systems and related projects.

Dallas Fort Worth Int’l Fills New Terminal Extension With Technology to Wow Customers

Dallas Fort Worth Int’l Fills New Terminal Extension With Technology to Wow Customers
This past May, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) opened an extension of Terminal D, its primary international terminal. Although the $202 million project added just four gates, the impact on operational capacity and customer satisfaction is expected to be tremendous.

Charlotte Douglas Int’l Rises to the Challenge of Managing Peer-to-Peer Car Rentals

Charlotte Douglas Int’l Rises to the Challenge of Managing Peer-to-Peer Car Rentals
When air travel hit the skids in 2020, rental car companies struggled right alongside airlines and airports. With business slowing to a trickle, rental fleets were decimated by the sale of dormant vehicles. Hertz reported a 40% reduction in cars between the end of 2019 and the end of 2020.

Tampa Int’l Plots New Course to Enhance Airfield Safety

Tampa Int’l Plots New Course to Enhance Airfield Safety
While many airfield safety programs focus on runways, Tampa International (TPA) recently finished a $78,500 project that honed in on its apron area. The Florida airport established a well-defined route specifically designed to decrease the speed of ground service vehicles and help keep them a safe distance from parked and taxiing aircraft.

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