Category - Landside Development

New Hangar & Workforce Investments at Dayton Int’l

New Hangar & Workforce Investments at Dayton Int’l
At Dayton International Airport (DAY) in Ohio, Sierra Nevada Corporation recently opened a large facility that will be home base for about 140 employees. That 90,000-square-foot hangar and 7,940-square-foot office complex is just the beginning.

El Paso Int’l Invests in On-Airport Research and Manufacturing

El Paso Int’l Invests in On-Airport Research and Manufacturing
El Paso, TX, is mounting a comeback as a key U.S. manufacturing hub, and El Paso International Airport (ELP) is leading the charge.

9-Story Office Building Open for Business at Tampa Int’l

9-Story Office Building Open for Business at Tampa Int’l
Tampa International Airport (TPA) is officially a heavy hitter in the Florida Gulf Coast real estate market. SkyCenter One, a 272,000-square-foot facility on the south side of the airport, contains nine floors: just more than five for commercial leasing, three for airport staff, and ground floor amenities including a café with outdoor seating and a large fitness center for all tenants.

Forward-Thinking Business Park Sets Stage for Success at Colorado Springs Airport

Forward-Thinking Business Park Sets Stage for Success at Colorado Springs Airport
Years of preliminary groundwork at Colorado Springs Airport (COS) are coming to fruition as Peak Innovation Park gains altitude. The commercial and industrial development is attracting a well-rounded cross-section of tenants, including Amazon, the U.S. Forest Service and companies supporting the aerospace and defense industries.

Retro-Style TWA Hotel Debuts at JFK Int’l

Retro-Style TWA Hotel Debuts at JFK Int’l
The first on-site hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is a nostalgic 1960s flashback thanks to the recent transformation of architect Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Center into the new TWA Hotel. Scheduled to open in mid-May, the facility is a tribute to the golden age of jet travel, complete with swanky red carpeting, elegant white staircases and a sunken cocktail lounge that serves martinis, Old Fashioneds and other vintage favorites.

Piedmont Triad Int’l Grows Up & Brings Region Along for the Ride

Piedmont Triad Int’l Grows Up & Brings Region Along for the Ride
Like the youngest brother who grows up in a family of star athletes, Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) is used to being overshadowed by its bigger North Carolina brethren. With approximately 1.7 million annual passengers, it serves a fraction of the traffic handled at Raleigh-Durham International and Charlotte Douglas International.

Naval Air Station Oceana Maintains Operational Volume While Converting to LED Airfield Lighting

Naval Air Station Oceana (NTU) in Virginia Beach, VA, is moving into the final stretch of a $120 million airfield project to reconstruct one runway and replace aging incandescent airfield lighting with energy-saving LED fixtures.

Edmonton Int’l Adds Designer Outlet Mall

Edmonton International (EIA)
Edmonton International (EIA) is putting a new twist on airport retail with a landside mall that includes onsite boarding pass printers, flight status screens and other special features to convert passengers into shoppers, and vice versa. Additional airport-specific services include free shuttles to/from the terminal, in-mall luggage storage and discounted shipping for purchases made at the designer outlet stores.

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.

Smyrna Airport Adds 600-Acre Business Park

Smyrna Airport Adds 600-Acre Business Park
The first axiom of real estate, “location, location, location,” is the secret behind the fast start of the new business park at Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport (MQY) in central Tennessee. The second axiom, “it’s all about relationships,” helps explain how the airport landed its first $100 million investor.

Vancouver Int'l Relights Apron With Dimmable LED System

Earlier this year, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) flipped the switch on its new all-LED apron lighting system, the largest apron LED installation in Canada. The approximately $2.5 million ($1.97 million U.S.) lighting system also features an adaptive dimming system based on gate usage, a first among North American airports.

Airport Services Facility is Latest Addition to Emerging Aerotropolis at Edmonton Int'l

The business world loves a company in growth mode and gets downright giddy when projects bring several growth-oriented companies together. That said, the recently completed multi-tenant complex at Edmonton International (YEG) could be a poster child for concurrent expansion by airport service companies.

Los Angeles Int'l Uses Public-Private Partnerships to Build Automated People Mover & Consolidated Rental Car Facility

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is no stranger to construction projects. Since 2009, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has been hard at work on a $14 billion capital improvement program at LAX and garnering the distinction as the largest public works program in the city's history.

Rockford Int'l Builds Mega Maintenance Facility Despite Freeze on State Funds

Located about 70 miles northwest of O'Hare International, Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) is often obscured in the shadow of its busier, better-known neighbor. This fall, however, RFD enjoyed a significant moment in the sun, when it opened one of the largest maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities in the world.

T.F. Green Completes Comprehensive Landside Lighting Conversion

T.F. Green Completes Comprehensive Landside Lighting Conversion
In his new book, "Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things In Extraordinary Ways," Fast Company co-founder William C. Taylor emphasizes, "You don't have to be working at world-famous innovators such as Uber or Airbnb to be accomplishing something remarkable. Often, the best opportunities are in the humdrum sorts of businesses that clean buildings, run parking lots or deliver rural health care."

Lost Nation Airport Boosts Income with Community Sports Park

Lost Nation Municipal Airport (LNN), a reliever for Cleveland Hopkins International, has an unusual business as its major tenant. It's not a corporate flight department or aircraft maintenance shop, but rather a family sports and recreation facility, complete with basketball courts, indoor soccer fields, batting cages and lots of other facilities designed for fun.

Commerce Park Drives Growth at Sebring Regional

Maximizing income from multiple sources is important for all airports, but it's especially crucial for small general aviation facilities that don't collect commercial landing fees, or have high-volume potential from parking and concessions.

Denver Int'l Expands into "Airport City" With Hotel, Conference Center & Transit Link

When plans for Denver International Airport (DEN) were first conceived in the 1980s, airport executives knew a hotel and mass transit connection to downtown Denver would eventually be needed. Their foresight is now beginning to take shape, in the form of an on-airport hotel/conference center that opened in November, and a new transit center slated to open this spring.

San Jose Int'l Brings Rubber Removal In-House

Removing rubber from runways is a significant maintenance expense at most big-city airports. As such, facility operators are continually debating the relative merits of outsourcing the job or investing in personnel and equipment to handle the ongoing task in-house. Given the cost and safety-sensitive nature of the work, it's a pivotal decision.

Vancouver Int'l Centers Landside Development Project on Designer Outlet Shopping

A new stream of non-aeronautical revenue began flowing for Vancouver International Airport (YVR) when an upscale outlet shopping center opened on airport property in July. The landside development includes 65 stores for designers such as Coach and Armani, and is located just two stops from YVR on Canada's popular rapid transit system.

Mobile Airport Authority Leads Efforts to Develop Brookley Aeroplex & Surrounding Community

Roger Wehner, executive director of the Mobile Airport Authority, keeps the photograph of a child he barely knows on his desk as a reminder of the authority's mission. The young boy was playing in an old park that used to be part of the Brookley Air Force base. These days, the park serves a lower-income community adjacent to Mobile Downtown Airport (BFM), and the airport authority is helping renovate it.

Small Airports Adopt Airport City Strategies

Pizza makers, football teams and brew houses certainly aren't the most common sources of non-aeronautical revenue; but they're exactly the kind of businesses currently adding to the bottom line at some airports.

Plans for Business Park in the Works at Albuquerque Int'l Sunport

When Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) closed its original runway in 2012, the airport's director of aviation, Jim Hinde, saw a distinct bright side. Hinde envisioned the opportunity to redevelop the land and increase the airport's non-airline revenues by establishing a global business incubator. The change in land use, he reasons, will not only enhance the airport's financial stability, but also benefit the city of Albuquerque and state of New Mexico.

Ongoing Landside Development at Louisville Int'l Benefits Airport, City & UPS

A pending $2.3 million land sale at Louisville International Airport (SDF) in Kentucky marks another step in converting 700 acres previously populated with residential properties into commercial developments that benefit the airport, greater Louisville economy and United Parcel Service (UPS), the region's biggest employer and airport's largest tenant. The properties are being voluntarily vacated through an airport noise relocation program.

More Airports Opening Compressed Natural Gas Stations to Public

In the early days of automobiles, motorists had to seek out hardware stores, blacksmith shops and even pharmacies to fuel their tanks with a petrochemical product that was primarily used as a solvent. In fact, the nation's first drive-through gasoline station didn't open in Pittsburgh until 1913.


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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