Category - Terminals

Los Angeles Int'l & Delta Unveil $229 Million Terminal 5 Renovation

The $229 million renovation of Terminal 5 in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) wrapped up this summer on time and on budget, with optimism high about how it will enhance the travel experience for about 6.6 million domestic passengers who use the facility each year. With Delta Air Lines as the terminal's sole airline tenant, the initiative was cooperatively funded by Delta ($11.2 million to renovate its proprietary areas and equipment), a TSA grant ($25 million for inline baggage screening) and nearly $193 million by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which owns and operates LAX, Los Angeles Ontario International and Van Nuys Airport.

Terminal Renovation Helps Myrtle Beach Int'l Flex with Seasonal Traffic

Year after year, Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) services half of its annual passenger volume in a short three-month span when tourists flock to area beaches and other Gulf attractions for spring and summer vacations. Thanks to new facilities and recent renovations, the South Carolina airport can expand during its busy season and contract when traffic subsides.

St. Louis Int'l Modernizes Iconic Terminal Without Losing Connection to the Past

"Out with the old, in with the new" is often the sentiment that drives large-scale terminal improvement programs. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) took a different approach during the recent $70 million renovation of its mid-century Terminal 1, by working to preserve iconic architectural elements while infusing efficiency, flexibility and modern systems to carry the facility into the future.

Wichita Airport Celebrates History, Prepares for Future With New Terminal

The winds of change are blowing in Kansas. In January, Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT) announced its new name, Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport; and officials plan to unveil a new $160 million passenger terminal building and $40 million parking garage/rental car center in May. Together, the projects create a new front door for the city that highlights its heritage as "air capital of the world."

JetBlue Extension at Kennedy Int'l Includes the Unexpected

The 150,000-square-foot extension of Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport has JetBlue Airways all over it - literally and figuratively.

Queen Beatrix Int'l Adds a Touch of the Tropics to Terminal

For years, Aruba's Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) didn't reflect the vibrancy of its Caribbean locale. These days, the terminal is awash in ocean blues, foliage greens and the warm yellows and oranges of an island sunset.

Bar Harbor Airport Makes the Most of its Terminal Improvement Budget

Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (BHB) overcame significant financial challenges to remodel its facilities. And in the end, the small Maine airport doubled the size of its terminal, upgraded its security area, added new customer conveniences and generally made the building more aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient. The $2.5 million facelift, completed late last year, increased BHB’s terminal from 5,000 to 10,000 square feet. It also created separate arrival and departure areas — a critical upgrade for small airports, due to post-9/11 security requirements. (BHB logs about 34,000 total operations annually.) But the project required intense number crunching to keep it within budget. A collaborative effort by airport officials, the contractor, design team and engineering consultant cut nearly 20% from the original $3.1 million cost estimate.

Tampa Int’l Accomplishes Major Updates on a Minor Budget

From new restrooms and giant video walls to updated architectural finishes, Tampa International Airport (TPA) has undergone a gradual yet comprehensive transformation during the last four years. Now that its $23 million Main Terminal Modernization Project is complete, it may be more accurate to refer to the Florida airport as “43 years young” rather than 43 years old.

Terminal Redevelopment Readies Providenciales Int'l for More Island Visitors

Every year, more than one million tourists visit the Turks and Caicos Islands, a collection of 40 islands and cays (only eight of which are inhabited) located about 550 miles southeast of Miami. With most visitors flying into Providenciales International Airport (PLS), the facility has been working hard to keep pace with the rapidly growing needs of the popular vacation destination. By the end of the year, PLS will complete a two-phase, $50 million expansion and renovation project designed to do just that; but longer-term provisions are also in the works.

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Int'l Strips Terminal to Bones & Rebuilds

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) celebrated the $201 million renovation of its terminal and concourses in August; but "renovation" doesn't fully convey the magnitude of its transformation.

Orlando Sanford Int'l & FAA Test Artificial Turf As Tortoise Barrier

George Speake lightheartedly refers to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) as the "home of gopher tortoise condos." But the long, deep burrows he jokes about are located within the Florida airport's runway safety area; so they actually present a glaring safety problem for SFB's good-natured vice president of operations and maintenance.

Love Field "Wright-Sizes" With New Terminal

October is a monumental month for Dallas Love Field (DAL). Officials expect the airport's sweeping modernization initiative to be substantially complete by the first of the month; and on the 13th, the Wright Amendment will officially expire, ending more than three decades of federal restrictions on DAL's outbound traffic. The two milestones are closely intertwined, because planners predicated airport improvements on traffic increases expected after the Wright Amendment expires.

Raleigh-Durham Int'l Transforms "Big Blue Box" into New Terminal

When Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) opened its completely renovated Terminal 1 in mid-April, the North Carolina airport also marked the end of its 15-year, nearly $1 billion capital development program (for more information, see Page 56). The $68 million terminal includes a new nine-gate concourse, 11 new concessions, a four-lane security checkpoint with expanded queuing area, updated ticketing and baggage claim areas and large windows featuring panoramic airfield views.

San Francisco Int'l Cuts Costs & Construction Time With Partnering

Twenty percent below standard industry cost - that's how San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is completing major infrastructure projects these days. It's also often finishing them early and with stellar jobsite safety records. For instance, the Bay area airport didn't have a single workers' compensation claim (or general litigation) during the $800 million of work recently completed on its long-term $4 billion terminal renovation program.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l Encourages Travelers to Sit Down & Power Up

Authorities at Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l Airport (MSP) understand that little things can have a big impact on passengers' overall travel experience. That's why they recently invested $1 million to update seating throughout Terminal 1 and plan to follow up with another wave of similar improvements later this year.

United Upgrades Employee Break Rooms at Dulles & O'Hare

In April, United Airlines completed renovation of 35 employee break rooms spread throughout Terminals 1, 2 and 5 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD). The six-month project is part of a $20 million, five-year program to upgrade approximately 400 similar facilities at airports throughout the United States.

Fort McMurray Int'l Opens New Terminal & Begins Planning Next Expansion

After years of planning, a false start in the wrong location and a major shift in airport governance, Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM) in Alberta finally has the terminal it needs to process the 1.3 million passengers projected to move through its facilities this year.

Top-to-Bottom Renovations Breathe New Life into Newark Liberty

The $347.1 million Terminal B modernization at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is a project more than a decade in the making. Set off by growth in international traffic and further inspired by changing security requirements, the comprehensive initiative both expands and renovates a structure designed in the late 1960s.

San Antonio Int'l Renovates to Achieve Parity Between Terminals

As San Antonio International Airport (SAT) neared completion of its new Terminal B in 2010, airport and city officials began discussing ways to update the adjacent and aging Terminal A. Results of those talks are becoming apparent, as changes to the 406,000-square-foot facility begin to take shape.

Bellingham Int'l Adds Gates & Triples Terminal Size to Serve Canadian-Fueled Growth

Like many U.S. airports scattered along the Canadian border, Bellingham International Airport (BLI) in Washington has faced interesting challenges presented by a growing influx of Canadian travelers who cross the border for less expensive U.S. airfares. A $38.5 million expansion project that ended in February, however, seems to be just the tonic it needed.

New Terminal Shines at Southwest Georgia Regional

Yvette Aehle never dreamed she would be so enthused about bathrooms. But after running Southwest Georgia Regional Airport (ABY) for years without any facilities past the TSA security checkpoint, her excitement is completely understandable.

Private/Public Partnership Building New Terminal at Iqaluit Int'l

Located in the unforgiving Canadian Arctic on Baffin Island, Iqaluit International Airport (YFB) is literally a lifeline to residents of Nunavut, Canada's northernmost territory. As such, a private/public partnership has been established to develop a new terminal and airfield to meet the current and future needs of the region. Nunavut officials estimate improvements at $250 million to $300 million.

Houston Intercontinental & United Wrap Up First Phase of $1 Billion Terminal Project

The Houston Airport System and United Airlines have taken their public-private partnership to a whole new level with construction of a new concourse at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). At a total cost of nearly $150 million, the South Concourse of Terminal B was completed in two distinct, yet interrelated, projects: United funded the $97 million vertical structure; and the Houston Airport System funded its $52 million apron, ramp and utilities infrastructure work. Together, the projects create a 30-gate facility that allows United to consolidate the majority of its regional jet oper

Gateway Airport Fixes Freeway Signage Problems

Passengers have been flocking to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) in droves for the past few years. But until recently, many had trouble finding it. With just one sign on the freeway, guests would often exit prematurely or miss the airport exit altogether. GPS units weren't much help either, as mapping agencies have had difficulty keeping current with rapid development in the area.

Oil Boom Creates Bonanza for North Dakota Airports

Until recently, North Dakota was largely considered a "flyover" state. Then its ample reserves of shale oil became a hot commodity, and now it's more of a "fly to" destination.


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