Category - Airside

Blizzard of Off-Season Work Keeps Maintenance Crews at Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Plowing Ahead

Blizzard of Off-Season Work Keeps Maintenance Crews at Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Plowing Ahead
The maintenance team at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is well-known for its expertise in snow removal. But after the snow stops flying, crews quickly turn their attention to a myriad of other duties. Much of the off-season work centers on landscape management to help deter wildlife on the airport’s 2,930-acre campus.

Spirit of St. Louis Shines Brightly With New Lighting System

Spirit of St. Louis Shines Brightly With New Lighting System
The airfield at Spirit of St. Louis (SUS) Airport is safer and brighter following a $1.34 million project that overhauled its main runway with freshly renovated concrete and upgraded lighting. Since Runway 8R-26L was already scheduled for pavement rehabilitation, SUS management figured it was an opportune time to upgrade the runway’s lighting, too.

Hollywood Burbank Airport Repaves Ramp with Advanced Asphalt

Hollywood Burbank Airport Repaves Ramp with Advanced Asphalt
Known for its ability to resist damage from spilled fuel and oil, P-404 asphalt mix has been used throughout the world for at least three decades. In the U.S., it emerged as the mix of choice for a major repaving project at LaGuardia Airport about 17 years ago, and the supplier reports that it is still holding strong with years of life remaining.

Mobile Authority Readies Downtown Airport for Commercial Service

Mobile Authority Readies Downtown Airport for Commercial Service
When the Mobile Airport Authority gave the go-ahead to begin moving commercial operations from Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) to Mobile Downtown Airport (BFM), it then had to build a terminal and find a way to provide ground support at what was strictly a general aviation facility.

O’Hare Builds Central Deicing Facility to Improve Ground Flow

O’Hare Builds Central Deicing Facility to Improve Ground Flow
If Tom Petty is right and waiting really is the hardest part, winters just got easier at O’Hare International Airport (ORD). A new aircraft deicing facility is helping carriers cycle gates more quickly by moving the crucial pre-flight process away from the terminal to the west side of the airport. As a result, passengers should spend less time waiting on the tarmac and in holdrooms.

Prevention Figures Prominently into FOD Program at Memphis Int’l

Prevention Figures Prominently into FOD Program at Memphis Int’l
Removing foreign object debris (FOD) from its four runways, 18 major taxiways, ramps and other airfield areas is a constant priority for the Tennessee airport. Last year alone, crews removed nearly 400 pieces of FOD, thus preventing the items from being ingested into aircraft engines and causing costly damage.

Paine Field Adds Commercial Service in Stylish New Terminal

Paine Field Adds Commercial Service
After decades serving business and general aviation traffic, Paine Field-Snohomish County Airport (PAE) is adding scheduled passenger service out of a polished new terminal owned and operated by a private operator. The Everett, WA, airport will have 24 daily roundtrip flights to nine western U.S. markets when its schedule is in full swing this spring.

Contract Control Tower Opens at Albert J. Ellis Airport

Contract Control Tower Opens at Albert J. Ellis Airport
It took a decade, but Albert J. Ellis Airport (OAJ) finally has its own air traffic control tower—a six-story, $6 million structure that officials hope will increase airspace efficiency and bring more air service to the small airport on the eastern coast of North Carolina.

Tulsa Int’l Leverages Technology to Maintain Airfield Markings

Roger Moats, airfield maintenance manager at Tulsa International Airport (TUL), understands that flight safety begins and ends on the ground. It’s why he regularly emphasizes to his crew the importance of their work.

Wetlands & Wildlife Complicate Instrument Landing System Project at Worcester Regional

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. And although Boston is only about 40 miles away, Worcester experiences significantly different weather patterns. On average, Worcester reports 42 more days of fog per year than Boston. That’s four times the fog occurrence rate.

Greenville-Spartanburg Int’l Dovetails Ramp Replacement With Terminal Rehab

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.

FAA Conducts Airfield Safety Research at Cape May Airport

FAA Conducts Airfield Safety Research at Cape May Airport
When it comes to partners for airfield projects, the recent match between Cape May Airport (WWD) and the FAA seems straight out of an eHarmony commercial. FAA needed somewhere to conduct field research about airfield pavement and lighting, and the New Jersey airport had a decommissioned taxiway waiting for a new purpose.

Traffic Growth Prompts Airfield Investments at Billy Bishop Airport

Last year, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) served 2.7 million travelers-quite a jump from just 25,000 passengers in 2005. PortsToronto, which owns and operates the Ontario airport, has invested in several upgrades to meet the growing demand. Improvement projects began on the landside and are now migrating to the airfield.

Raleigh-Durham Int'l Adds New Routes With Support of Local Businesses

In May, Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) received a giant shot in the arm when it was named the best-connected medium-sized airport in the United States. Industry analyst William S. Swelbar cited 47 nonstop routes and a diverse group of carriers as major factors in the North Carolina airport's top ranking. (See sidebar on Page 62 for more details.)

Oakland Int'l Dramatically Increases International Service & Plans for Even More

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. Mineta San Jose International Airport.

Ogdensburg Int'l Takes Risk & Reaps Rewards

It was a momentous occasion for Ogdensburg International Airport (OGS) when Allegiant Air Flight 1711 took off for Florida on New Year's Eve. The small upstate New York airport was finally breaking the critical 10,000-enplanement threshold to qualify for $1 million of Airport Improvement Program entitlement funding.

Pittsburgh Int'l Almost Doubles Point-to-Point Service

When Christina Cassotis arrived at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) in January 2015, the Midwestern airport was a lean and scrappy version of the once-bustling US Airways hub it used to be. With only 37 nonstop destinations on the airport's flight information boards, Cassotis was determined to make her mark.

Charlotte Douglas Int'l Boosts Airfield Maintenance Program

Charlotte Douglas International (CLT) has invested heavily in its airfield maintenance program over the past several years. From airfield markings and lighting to snow removal, landscape operations and wildlife management, the North Carolina airport has committed time and resources to its comprehensive effort.

Air Service Development Leads to Terminal Expansion at Punta Gorda Airport

Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) is proving that one size does not fit all when it comes to air service development.

Burbank Airport Modernizes Lighting System After Airfield Blackout

The lights are once again bright at Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR), thanks to three years of planning and teamwork, plus a giant dose of resiliency. After enduring a complete airfield lighting failure, the Southern California airport rallied to reconstruct an entirely new system.

O'Hare Int'l Adds Control Tower to South Side of Airfield

A new air traffic control tower is always a big deal; but the commissioning at O'Hare International Airport (ORD), scheduled for mid-October, is bound to garner extra attention. The tower's non-traditional angular design will undoubtedly turn heads within the industry, and those who look more closely will find notable eco-friendly elements. Internally, the opening of the new south tower and runway it will serve moves the Chicago Department of Aviation one major step closer to finishing its $8.7 billion airport modernization program.

Private Operator Looks Airside at San Juan Int'l

When Aerostar Airport Holdings took over the day-to-day operation of Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, it also assumed responsibility for several in-process and future projects, including airfield infrastructure upgrades. These projects, combined with other planned improvements, are expected to complement the private operator's goals for continued growth at the northeastern Caribbean airport.

Madison Municipal Seeks Relief from FAA Ruling on Crops

It has been more than five years since US Airways Flight 1549 was forced to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River after running into a flock of geese shortly after taking off from New York's LaGuardia Airport. But the airport industry is still feeling the effects of the incident.

Washington State Airport Harnesses the Sun

As an airport manager, you've likely been approached about building a solar array on airport property. You're not alone. Since 2007, federal and state tax credits designed to encourage green energy production have prompted private companies to seek out public entities with large undeveloped property, like airfields.

Manchester-Boston Regional Leverages Technology & Customized Equipment for Airfield Maintenance

With more than 2.45 million passengers and 176 million pounds of cargo to move last year, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) couldn't afford to let weather or wildlife disrupt operations. Fortunately, its Airfield Maintenance Department has developed a variety of measures throughout the years to keep the airport's runways open and safe.


ACC: Rethinking Airport Resiliency in the Aftermath of COVID-19

Rethinking Airport Resiliency in the Aftermath of COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, airports and their stakeholders are managing disruption unlike any previously experienced in the modern world. With an unprecedented decrease in aircraft and passenger traffic, growing economic stress, and further uncertainty ahead, airports require resilient financial and operational planning to ride out COVID-19 and to plan for the post-pandemic future.

Survival for airports requires re-prioritizing previously identified plans, exploring new ways to operate and fund airport operations, and learning from past experiences to improve an airport’s ability to succeed in the future. This guidance provides direction for airport operators and consultants, including planners and emergency management staff, on how airports can enhance resilience to weather the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for future disruptions ahead.


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