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Symbiotic Relationship With State University Helps Propel Salina Regional Into the Future

Symbiotic Relationship With State University Helps Propel Salina Regional Into the Future
Some say that when one door closes, another one opens. Turns out that when one Air Force base closes, a lot of doors can open. Salina Regional Airport (SLN), located about 175 miles west of Kansas City, is currently a thriving municipal airport fed by a busy industrial park and a satellite campus of Kansas State University. But that wasn’t always the case.

Noise Study at San Diego Int’l Reveals Surprising Results

Noise Study at San Diego Int’l Reveals Surprising Results
Plenty of unknown challenges emerged when COVID-19 turned the industry upside down in a matter of weeks. San Diego International Airport (SAN) also found an opportunity. While air traffic is at record lows due to the global pandemic, the metropolitan airport is analyzing how the noise data it routinely collects correlates with the number of noise complaints from the community. Spoiler alert: The relationship is not what you might expect.

Consulting Teams Working Remotely Keep Projects Moving Despite Pandemic Shutdowns

Consulting Teams Working Remotely Keep Projects Moving Despite Pandemic Shutdowns
As the general public continues to shy away from commercial air travel during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, airports are finding new ways to keep their important infrastructure improvements on track. Teams supporting projects in Pittsburgh and Puerto Rico, for instance, learned how to keep projects moving during shutdowns in March. Leveraging remote technologies that allowed personnel to work from home proved pivotal in both cases.

New Orleans Int’l Brings Janitorial Management In-House

New Orleans Int’l Brings Janitorial Management In-House
When Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) officially opened the doors of its new terminal in November 2019, the facility gleamed. The concourses and updated finishes literally transformed the way nearly 25,000 passengers traveled through the airport each day. But shortly after the grand opening, cleaning challenges emerged that threatened the image and reputation of the city’s flagship airport.

Los Angeles Int’l Expands Pandemic Protocols with Pilot of Thermal Imaging

Los Angeles Int’l Expands Pandemic Protocols with Pilot of Thermal Imaging
From the very onset of the COVID-19 crisis, Los Angeles World Airports has been aggressively pursuing new processes, protocols and technologies to keep Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) clean, healthy and safe for employees, tenants and passengers.

Trenchless Sewer-Lining Project Helps Prevent Glycol From Entering Groundwater at Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l

Trenchless Sewer-Lining Project Helps Prevent Glycol From Entering Groundwater at Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) recently completed a roughly $3.5 million project designed to prevent the glycol used to deice planes from potentially seeping into groundwater. By sealing select sections of concrete storm sewers with leak-proof liners, the airport avoided the higher cost and disruption associated with excavating and replacing pipes.

Lighting Audit & LED Conversion Illuminate Energy Savings at Atlanta Int’l

Lighting Audit & LED Conversion Illuminate Energy Savings at Atlanta Int’l
As the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) spans more than 7 million square feet of property. Naturally, it takes a lot of supplies and materials to keep the facilities that large running smoothly. Everything from carpeting and trash cans to paper towels and window cleaner is purchased and used in high volume.

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Pilots Global Exchange Program

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Pilots Global Exchange Program
Savvy airport officials know that it makes sense to help senior-level executives improve their leadership skills and broaden their perspectives. Such training helps the executives and airports. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) put a global spin on its development program by sending one executive to experience life at a European airport and another to observe operations at an Asian airport.

Lanyards Heighten Awareness of Passengers With Hidden Disabilities

Lanyards Heighten Awareness of Passengers With Hidden Disabilities
When customers roll up to a ticketing counter in a wheelchair or navigate through the concourse tapping a white cane on the floor, airport employees know that they might want extra assistance. It’s far more difficult, however, to identify customers with conditions that are less apparent such as learning difficulties, mental health issues or hearing impairments.

Best Practices for Public & Media Relations

Best Practices for Public & Media Relations
By their very nature, airports require nimble communication teams. One day, it’s a routine personnel announcement or upbeat ribbon-cutting ceremony; but the next can bring an all-out media frenzy about COVID-19. The topics airports must address run the gamut, and so do their communication strategies.

Washington Dulles Continues to Brace for Winter Storms

Washington Dulles Continues to Brace for Winter Storms
Washington, D.C. is experiencing an especially mild winter this year. In fact, it is on track to be the fifth warmest on record for the past 150 years. (Fingers crossed, it doesn’t prove to be a jinx.)

An Inside Look at How Colorado Supports its Airports

An Inside Look at How Colorado Supports it’s Airports
Successful airports tend to operate at peak efficiency when they partner well with the state agency that supports them. This is especially true in Colorado, where the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Division of Aeronautics offers several programs to help member airports prosper.

Charlotte Douglas Int’l Improves Wayfinding to Enhance the Travel Experience

Charlotte Douglas Int’l Improves Wayfinding to Enhance the Travel Experience
Frequent flyers take great pride in their ability to overcome travel hurdles. They have finely honed strategies for moving efficiently through security, managing tight connections and scrambling to book other flights when theirs are delayed or canceled. It’s almost a science.

Philadelphia Int’l Upgrades its Asset Management System

Philadelphia Int’l Upgrades its Asset Management System
When Philadelphia International (PHL) wanted to upgrade its asset management system to a more robust tool, the project team talked with personnel at other airports about their experiences. As the Pennsylvania airport continues to deploy its upgrade, PHL Enterprise Asset Manager Milton Robinson is sharing his department’s experience to help other airports reap similar benefits.

Snow Removal Equipment at Juneau Int’l Gets A New Home

Snow Removal Equipment at Juneau Int’l Gets A New Home
In Alaska, the days start to cool quickly in September, and by October, daily high temperatures struggle to reach 50 degrees. At Juneau International Airport (JNU), the ground maintenance team knows what’s looming: cold, freezing rain in autumn, followed by an average snowfall of more than 85 inches during winter.

Airfield Solar Farm Puts Enormous Dent in Chattanooga Metro’s Electricity Bill

Airfield Solar Farm Puts Enormous Dent  in Chattanooga Metro’s Electricity Bill
Chattanooga Metropolitan (CHA) has managed to turn unused land alongside its runways and taxiways into an environmentally sound source of electricity that powers the same amount of energy that CHA facilities at the Tennessee airport use each year.

Small Airports Share Tips About Buying Multifunction Snow Equipment

Small Airports Share Tips About Buying Multifunction Snow Equipment
Small airports in the northern U.S. share one common trait with huge airports such as Chicago O’Hare and Kennedy International in New York: They have to keep their runways and taxiways clear of snow during winter. Most, however, don’t have multimillion-dollar budgets for accomplishing this.

Eugene Airport Sets Ambitious Master Plan

Eugene Airport Sets Ambitious Master Plan
Many airports create master plans for future development, but the roadmap recently commissioned by Eugene Airport (EUG) in Oregon takes the process to an entirely new level. The extensive document analyzes, justifies and phases significant facility improvements to accommodate the fast-growing demand for increased air service in the Eugene community. The plan took 22 months to prepare, and the guideposts it contains are designed to help the airport move forward for decades.

Express Curbsides at Tampa Int’l Will Allow Millions of Passengers to Bypass Ticketing/Baggage Lobby

Express Curbsides at Tampa Int’l Will Allow Millions of Passengers to Bypass Ticketing/Baggage Lobby
Prompted by heavy traffic caused by vehicles dropping off and picking up passengers during peak travel times, Tampa International Airport (TPA) is overhauling its curbside operations. The strategy: express curbsides that provide departing passengers with only carry-on bags a direct path to TSA checkpoints and airline gates—no stops at the ticketing/check-in lobby required.

El Paso Int’l Creates Airport Neighborhood With Paved Walkways, Lighting & Landscaping

El Paso Int’l Creates Airport Neighborhood With Paved Walkways, Lighting & Landscaping
Walkability is a buzzword usually associated with city planning; and curb appeal is typically an issue for real estate agents. Both, however, are now key features at El Paso International (ELP). The West Texas airport is completing an $11 million exterior renovation that links its terminal to nearby restaurants and onsite hotels via paved walkways. Improving passenger drop-off/pickup areas and upgrading exterior landscaping and lighting are other primary projects.

Measles Outbreak Underscores Importance of Communicable Disease Response Plans

Measles Outbreak Underscores Importance of Communicable Disease Response Plans
As confirmed reports of measles continue to emerge in pockets throughout the United States, airport operators throughout the country face the prospect of receiving contagious passengers and visitors.

Airports, Car Rental Agencies Join Forces to Recruit Disadvantaged Suppliers

Airports, Car Rental Agencies Join Forces to Recruit Disadvantaged Suppliers
Lynn A. Boccio, vice president of Strategic Business & Diversity Relations for Avis Budget Group, distinctly remembers picking up a call from a then-unknown airport colleague just before the 2016 Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) Conference.

Proactive Fleet Management & Fiscal Prudence Keep Montréal Trudeau Int’l Prepared for Snowy Challenges

Proactive Fleet Management & Fiscal  Prudence Keep Montréal Trudeau Int’l  Prepared for Snowy Challenges
Winters at Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) are nothing to trifle with. Snow removal crews provide 24/7 coverage for the airfield from mid-November to mid-April. That’s five long months of physically demanding work in cold, sometimes punishingly frigid, conditions.

San Antonio Int’l Solicits Broad Community Involvement for 50-year Master Plan San Antonio Int’l Solicits Broad Community Involvement for 50-year Master Plan

San Antonio Int’l Solicits Broad Community Involvement for 50-year Master Plan
When it came time for San Antonio International Airport (SAT) to update its master plan, officials knew that many in the growing city felt there was no room left to expand at the airport’s current site. One reason for the debate was the tremendous growth that has taken place at SAT since airport officials turned their focus to securing new air service in 2015.

San Diego Int’l Takes In-House Approach to Energy Management

San Diego Int’l Takes In-House Approach to Energy Management
At San Diego International Airport (SAN), energy planning and management runs in parallel with sustainability goals. As the airport has grown in recent years, officials identified the need for increased utility capacity and redundancy.

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