Category - Ground Support

Exterior Jet Bridge Coating Saves Energy, Increases Passenger Comfort at Harry Reid Int’l

Exterior Jet Bridge Coating Saves Energy, Increases Passenger Comfort at Harry Reid Int’l
Harry Reid Int'l in Las Vegas regularly sees temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, requiring significant energy to cool its passenger boarding bridges. The Clark County Department of Aviation, which operates LAS, has opted to have a reflective ceramic coating applied to bridge exteriors to keep interiors more comfortable for passengers.

O’Hare Moves Aircraft Deicing From Gates to High-Tech Centralized Facility

O’Hare Moves Aircraft Deicing From Gates to High-Tech Centralized Facility
Chicago is widely known as the Windy City, but it’s also snowy and icy. That creates challenging conditions at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), said to be home of the busiest sustained winter airport operations in the world. This past season, for instance, it processed more than 1,200 flights per day.

Ground Power Upgrades in the Works at Newark Int’l

Ground Power Upgrades in the Works at Newark Int’l
Change is happening on the tarmac at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) as United Airlines decentralizes its aging ground power systems in favor of new point-of-use ground power units (GPUs). The move is designed to improve the efficiency of ramp operations by providing more flexibility, reliability and redundancy.

Long Beach Airport & Airline Partners Phase Out Fossil Fuels for Ground Support Equipment

Long Beach Airport & Airline Partners Phase Out Fossil Fuels for Ground Support Equipment
Every new airport executive wants to hit the ground running and complete projects that are electrifying. In her first year as director of Long Beach Airport (LGB), Cynthia Guidry pulled it off—literally. When Guidry arrived at the Southern California airport, LGB had already approved a project to install 15 electric chargers for airline ground support equipment. In fact, the project was just going out to bid when she assumed the helm last July.

Columbus Int’l Installs System to Tighten Accountability & Efficiency of Ground Transportation Providers

Columbus Int’l Installs System to Tighten Accountability & Efficiency of Ground Transportation Providers
A new $1 million ground transportation management system is dramatically reducing paperwork and helping John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) more accurately account for fees paid by ride-share services and commercial operators that pick up and drop off passengers at the terminal. At the same time, the Ohio airport is enjoying more efficient and orderly taxi dispatching from the holding lot, which minimizes wait times for airport guests.

Edmonton Int’l Turns Tech Partnership into Business Opportunity

Edmonton Int’l Turns Tech Partnership into Business Opportunity
At Edmonton International (YEG), strategic partnerships with technology companies are helping the airport tackle common industry challenges such as wildlife management, perimeter security and ground support services. One venture led to the development of a new portable diesel heater to keep jet bridges and parked aircraft warm during cold Canadian winters.

Southwest Florida Int’l Counters Lightning Delays With Automated Docking Systems

Southwest Florida Int’l Counters Lightning Delays With Automated Docking Systems
Sandwiched between two large bodies of water, the peninsula of Florida receives lots of warm, humid air. When combined with sunlight and ocean breezes, it’s the perfect brew for thunderstorms—and operational challenges for airports like Southwest Florida International (RSW) in Fort Myers.

Greenville-Spartanburg Int’l Switches to In-House Fixed Base Operator

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP)
Early last year, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) opened Cerulean Aviation and joined the growing ranks of commercial airports that run their own fixed base operators (FBOs). The South Carolina airport took the strategy one step further by also opting to provide cargo handling and ground support services for commercial charter flights.

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.

Casper Int’l Builds New Equipment Storage & Maintenance Facility

Casper Int’l Builds New Equipment Storage & Maintenance Facility
Commercial airports that were originally built as military airfields are often a mixed bag to operate. Costly infrastructure elements such as runways and buildings are already in place, but they weren’t designed to accommodate modern civilian traffic. Casper/Natrona County International Airport (CPR), in central Wyoming, is a prime example. Ever since the U.S. Army turned over its airfield along the North Platte River to Natrona County in 1949, CPR has used several World War II-era buildings to serve an evolving mix of commercial airlines, private aircraft operators and cargo carriers.

Bult Field Puts Drone Technology to the Test for Wildlife Management

"Why did the chicken cross the road?" is always good for some giggles on the schoolyard. But it's no laughing matter when a deer, coyote or goose crosses a runway or flightpath to get to the other side. In the most serious cases, it can be a matter of life or death.

Atlanta Int'l Tackles Nation's Largest Ground Support Project

When Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) was built, it was the largest airport construction project of the time. Today, the airport is continuing that legacy with the single largest ground support project in the history of the United States.

Airports Ease Remote Boarding Challenges With Mobile Ramps & Airside Buses

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.

Los Angeles Int'l & United Boost Gate Capacity & Technology in Terminal 7

Amid billions of dollars in passenger-oriented enhancements occurring inside Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), substantial improvements are also occurring for airlines out on the ramp-especially in Terminal 7, which is used exclusively by United Airlines.

JFK Int'l Adds Boarding Bridge with Elevated Rotunda & Stacked Walkways to Accommodate A380s

The firm that operates Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) faced a unique challenge last year: It would soon have four carriers flying Airbus 380s into the terminal, and only two gates were equipped to handle the double-decker aircraft.

Blue Grass Airport Builds New Equipment Storage/Maintenance Facility

Getting a new facility approved, funded and built is typically a daunting task. But every now and then, things just seem to fall into place. That was the case for Mark Day, director of engineering and maintenance at Blue Grass Airport (LEX).

Quad City Int'l Updates Boarding Bridges

Ever since the heyday of Mississippi steamboats, the Quad Cities that straddle the mighty river have been a hub of agricultural, industrial and commercial activity. With Bettendorf and Davenport on the Iowa side of the river, and Moline and Rock Island on the Illinois side, transporting goods and people is a historic and current key to the area's prosperity.

Cancun Int'l Installs New System to CentralizeInfo Displays at 9 Mexican Airports

A system recently deployed at Cancun International (CUN) is centralizing the operation and management of passenger information displays at nine southeast Mexican airports. Currently in full operation, the system is simultaneously delivering multiple benefits to the traveling public and the airports' operator.

US Airways Upgrades Airside Bus Fleet at Reagan National

Getting passengers in and out is a continual challenge at older East Coast airports, where congestion is often a standard element of the local landscape. Hardstands allow them to accommodate more aircraft and passengers than contact gates alone; but they also create the need to shuttle customers between the tarmac and terminal.

Less is More for Snow Removal Fleet at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Intl

With substantial overnight air traffic from DHL Express, it's imperative for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) to keep its runways open 24/7. When temperatures drop and precipitation flies, all eyes are on the snow removal crew to keep DHL's airplanes flying.

Portland Int'l Takes on Winter with New Deicing System

Managing the residual chemicals from deicing operations at Portland International Airport (PDX) includes vexing challenges on two fronts: Portland's highly variable winter weather is unpredictable at best, and its local environmental regulations are predictably tough.

Sea-Tac Anticipates Quick & Ample Dividends from Pre-Conditioned Air Project

Green has long been the color of choice at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA); and this season, it's more popular than ever. With a $43 million pre-conditioned air project largely complete, SEA looks forward to reducing costs to its resident airlines by $15 million per year and producing equally substantial reductions in emissions.

New Equipment Facility Clears the Way for More Efficient Snow Removal at Austin Straubel Int'l

Snow removal is a big issue for all Wisconsin airports, but inadequate storage for snow removal equipment was making it more problematic than necessary at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay.

McCarran & Sarasota Bradenton Int'l Test New Preconditioned Air Units

From hot and humid to dry and dusty, airports in Florida and Nevada are providing a spectrum of high-mercury environments to test a new generation of preconditioned air units.

"Like New" Boarding Bridges Return to Service at Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach International Airport had a choice to make. Its five passenger boarding bridges that were put into service in 1992 were due for inspection. The ball screws supporting the vertical drive on the FMC Jetways would have to be pulled and inspected. If they were cracked, they would have to be replaced. There was also pervasive corrosion and the cabling was deteriorating.


2022 Charlotte Douglas International Airport Report of Achievement

Giving back to the community is central to what Charlotte Douglas International Airport and its operator, the City of Charlotte Aviation Department, is about, and last year was no different. 

Throughout 2022, while recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued our efforts to have a positive impact on the Charlotte community. Of particular note, we spent the year sharing stories of how Connections Don't Just Happen at the Terminal - from creating homeownership and employment opportunities to supporting economic growth through small-business development and offering outreach programs to help residents understand the Airport better.

This whitepaper highlights the construction projects, initiatives, programs and events that validate Charlotte Douglas as a premier airport.

Download the whitepaper: 2022 Charlotte Douglas International Airport Report of Achievement.



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