Industry Insider columns

The Clean Transit Initiative

October
2020
Not since 9/11 have I seen an entire industry re-invent itself. The COVID-19 pandemic has surely changed life as we know it...

The Opportunity Afforded by Opening

September
2020
At long last, the day has arrived…your brand-new, state-of-the-art terminal is open. Thanks to hard work and a great team, Opening Day was smooth as silk.

Airports Adapt in Novel Coronavirus Time

July-August
2020
​“When time marches on, it steps on your nose and tail, and leaves boot prints down your back.”

Consider “Inspansion” During COVID-19 Recovery

May-June
2020
The aviation industry has historically experienced financial shocks in roughly 10-year cycles. All of these events had a significant impact on airport operations and future development plans.

Legalized Pot & Airports – Caught in the Middle?

March
2020
As more states legalize the use of marijuana, more U.S. airports have found themselves caught in the middle of contradictory federal and state laws.

OK Is Not Good Enough

January-February
2020
I’d like to think that I am smart. Unfortunately, every time I start to feel that way, I find myself in a “learning moment.”

The Last Straw

November-December
2019
Whatever we can do to reduce plastic straws and single-use containers is worth it—when we travel and at home.

Reimagining the Future of Cities Through Aerial Rideshare

October
2019
For the first time ever, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and their numbers are growing by 1 million people each week.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Breaks Down Language Barriers

September
2019
Like many large airports, Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) is a global facility—not only in terms of its air service destinations, but also in terms of its workforce.

Air Service Development Is Economic Development

July-August
2019
In the old days in the U.S., if your town had a railroad station, the town flourished. If not, your town struggled.

What to Do Before a Crisis Hits

May-June
2019
More than ever before, airport executives need to be prepared for crises...

Driving the World

March-April
2019
The aeronautical sector not only transports people but also drives the world. The figures speak for themselves...

Are we at an inflection point for change in the A/E professional services industry?

January-February
2019
The unrelenting challenge of sustaining growth in the highly competitive A/E marketplace remains a constant.

Enhancing Capacity & Sustainability

November-December
2018
Sustainability planning and management for airports is not a new concept. That said, as airports undertake projects to enhance capacity, many are realizing quantifiable benefits...

Just How “Slippery When Wet?”

October
2018
If you’ve developed a personal relationship with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), chances are you’ve had a bad day.

Growth – A Case for Change

September
2018
It seems that everywhere we go, at every conference, and in every meeting with an airport, we talk about unprecedented growth.

The Time Has Come for Dynamic Parking Pricing

May-June
2018
As important as parking is to the bottom line, most airports don’t earn nearly as much as they should.

What is the Right Number of FBOs?

April
2018
Most of us have heard the saying, “If you’ve seen one airport, you’ve seen one airport.” This is such a true statement. Although there are many similarities between airports, factors such as size, runway configuration, aircraft operations, employee population and the nature of traffic (commercial vs. general aviation) make each one unique. So, the right number of fixed base operators may be quite different for each and every airport.

Can American Airports Continue to Soar?

March
2018
Promising growth of global tourism and passenger volume has allowed U.S. airports to fly high. But how long can it last?

Crowdsourcing + Collaboration = Better Airport Research

January-February
2018
In the spirit of continuous improvement and service to the industry, the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) recently modernized its process for generating research projects.

Social Sustainability: Beyond Community Engagement

November-December
2017
Although the industry has made major headway supporting initiatives that foster environmental sustainability, there's one area that has yet to gain broad exposure.

Putting the Design-Build Delivery Method to Work for Airfield Pavement Projects

October
2017
The Design-Build project delivery approach merits further consideration by more airports. Uncertainty and unfamiliarity are best overcome by education, experience and for some, a leap of faith into the relative unknown.

The Impact of Ridesharing on Parking Revenue & How it Could Impact Infrastructure

September
2017
U.S. airports must embrace technology and evolve their parking journey with new commercial parking products to address the challenges they face.

Connectivity Options Make it Easier to Access the Airport & Community

July-August
2017
As a critical component of America's overall transportation network, air travel must be strong, safe and well connected to where we work, live and play. With airline travel expected to increase by more than 50% in the next 20 years, continuing to transform U.S. airports into efficient intermodal transportation centers is increasingly important. Planning must be accelerated and funding put in place to implement improved connectivity between airports and the communities they serve.

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