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FAA Airport Development Program Turns 75
This May marks 75 years of the federal government providing grants-in-aid programs to build and enhance U.S. airport infrastructure; and the FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) is in its 40th year. What we now know as AIP began in 1946 as the Federal-Aid Airport Program.
New Concourse at Reagan National Adds 14 Gates for American Airlines
In April, the Washington, D.C., airport unveiled its new 14-gate concourse, a 230,000-square-foot facility built to replace its remote and cramped Gate 35X.
Skyxe Saskatoon Expands Use of Common-Use Systems
Stephen Maybury, president and chief executive officer of Skyxe Saskatoon Airport (YXE), aptly proclaimed 2020 a year of “resilience and fortitude.” At the low point in April, passenger volume at YXE was off fully 98%, and it remained down 69% through year-end.
Airports, Customers & Concessionaires Embrace Contactless Ordering
Well before the coronavirus pandemic intensified demand for contactless transactions, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) embarked on a quest to enhance the travel experience at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) by creating a seamless digital experience from curb to gate.
New Parking Ramp Prepares Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l for Post-Pandemic Rebound
Last August, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) completed construction of an 11-story parking ramp and transit facility at Terminal 1.
Philadelphia Int’l Finishes Airfield Rehab Months Early Despite Multiple Challenges
The multi-year $25 million East Airfield Rehabilitation at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) was completed 71 days early—and that was after having to shut down due to COVID-19.
Colorado Springs Airport Reaps Rewards of Digital Work Orders, Asset Management
To-do lists at Colorado Springs Airport (COS) are no longer paperwork manila files, sticky notes or even email threads.
Akron-Canton Airport Updates Gates to Prepare for Growth
When Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) completed a $37 million gate modernization and concourse expansion last fall, the northeast Ohio airport also celebrated the culmination of its 10-year, $115 million capital improvement program.
Investments at Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Pay Quick Dividends
A renaissance is underway at Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport (RWI) in Elm City, NC. And master plan improvements are propelling it forward. Airport Director Dion Viventi reports that several infrastructure projects executed in 2019 and 2020 are already boosting RWI’s bottom line.
Greenville-Spartanburg Int’l Builds Bigger, Better ARFF Station
Firefighters at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) are thrilled with the new aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) station they moved into last November.
Asset Tracking Software at McCarran Int’l Boosts Efficiency, Documents FAA Compliance
Maintenance personnel at McCarran International Airport (LAS) no longer put pen to paper when they log maintenance performed on runway lights.
McCarran & Oakland Int’l Complete Pilot Tests of New Fuel Farm Management Platform
Fuel storage facilities at McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas and California’s Oakland International Airport (OAK) are using a new cloud-based asset management system to overcome obstacles that plague the entire industry—problems such as a lack of timely, accurate information and mult
Airports Use Digital Platform to Manage Gate Utilization, Aircraft Parking
​Until recently, the common-use gates at Eisenhower National Airport (ICT) were a bit like Wichita’s version of the Wild West. The system worked fine when gates were, in fact, open. But when two different airlines wanted to use the same gate, there was no clear way of deciding which had priority.

Asset Tracking Software at McCarran Int’l Boosts Efficiency, Documents FAA Compliance

Asset Tracking Software at McCarran Int’l Boosts Efficiency, Documents FAA Compliance
Maintenance personnel at McCarran International Airport (LAS) no longer put pen to paper when they log maintenance performed on runway lights. Instead, a digital asset management system uses GPS technology to track the work performed and pushes the information to a cloud-based platform to enhance the accuracy of maintenance records.

McCarran & Oakland Int’l Complete Pilot Tests of New Fuel Farm Management Platform

McCarran & Oakland Int’l Complete Pilot Tests of New Fuel Farm Management Platform
Fuel storage facilities at McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas and California’s Oakland International Airport (OAK) are using a new cloud-based asset management system to overcome obstacles that plague the entire industry—problems such as a lack of timely, accurate information and multiple software programs that don’t speak to each other.

Airports Use Digital Platform to Manage Gate Utilization, Aircraft Parking

Airports Use Digital Platform to Manage Gate Utilization, Aircraft Parking
​Until recently, the common-use gates at Eisenhower National Airport (ICT) were a bit like Wichita’s version of the Wild West. The system worked fine when gates were, in fact, open. But when two different airlines wanted to use the same gate, there was no clear way of deciding which had priority.

High Seas, High Stakes: Coastal Airports Respond to Climate Change

High Seas, High Stakes: Coastal Airports Respond to Climate Change
As U.S. airports prepare to turn the corner on the pandemic and the harsh winter of 2020-2021, some still face a significant long-term challenge: the rise in sea levels resulting from climate change. Although the biggest risk is to airports located along the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts, experts predict secondary effects for inland airports as well.

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.

Alpena County Regional Updates Passenger Amenities, Honors Local History

Alpena County Regional Updates Passenger Amenities, Honors Local History
Replacing a dated and inefficient building, the new terminal includes more space, updated security and several firsts for APN: a passenger boarding bridge, an automated baggage system and airside restrooms. While adding the new amenities, the airport and design team also managed to pay homage to the region’s rich industrial background, storied maritime history and rustic Northwoods surroundings.

Post-Pandemic Vision at Albany Int’l Includes More Parking, More Technology

Post-Pandemic Vision at Albany Int’l Includes More Parking, More Technology
Sometimes a parking garage is more than just a place to park vehicles. A case in point is the five-story structure at Albany International Airport (ALB). The new garage and associated terminal upgrades completed last spring signal important changes unfolding at the eastern New York airport. Other changes include a new state-funded interstate exit that serves ALB.

Pandemic-Era Snow Strategies: Keeping Pavement Cleared & Workers Safe

Pandemic-Era Snow Strategies: Keeping Pavement Cleared & Workers Safe
Knowing that late-spring snowstorms can be among the heaviest and hardest to clear, airport operations managers in cold-weather cities like Manchester, NH, and Minneapolis implemented plans to keep their maintenance crews safe while also remaining ready to clear away snow. Thankfully, most of North America was spared significant snowfall for the remainder of the season. The challenge of keeping workers safe increased in late spring as COVID-19 cases rose, but the concern about getting socked with a major snowfall subsided.

Passenger Growth Expected to Outpace Terminal Expansion at Sonoma County Airport

Passenger Growth Expected to Outpace Terminal Expansion at Sonoma County Airport
Ever feel like the finish line keeps moving farther away? Jon Stout, airport manager at Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport (STS) in Santa Rosa, CA, knows just what you mean. Stout and his team are in the midst of a $31 million terminal expansion and renovation that began in November. But even when they cut the ribbon in fall 2022, STS will only have 70% of the recommended space to handle its peak passenger volume.

Owen Roberts Int’l Completes Airfield Improvements During Pandemic

Owen Roberts Int’l Completes Airfield Improvements During Pandemic
March is usually a very busy month at Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM), with tourists streaming in to enjoy beaches, coral reefs and other western Caribbean attractions. After years of tremendous growth in passenger traffic, officials were looking forward to a record-breaking March last year. And then COVID-19 effectively closed the entire island, including its airport.

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ACC: Rethinking Airport Resiliency in the Aftermath of COVID-19

Rethinking Airport Resiliency in the Aftermath of COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, airports and their stakeholders are managing disruption unlike any previously experienced in the modern world. With an unprecedented decrease in aircraft and passenger traffic, growing economic stress, and further uncertainty ahead, airports require resilient financial and operational planning to ride out COVID-19 and to plan for the post-pandemic future.

Survival for airports requires re-prioritizing previously identified plans, exploring new ways to operate and fund airport operations, and learning from past experiences to improve an airport’s ability to succeed in the future. This guidance provides direction for airport operators and consultants, including planners and emergency management staff, on how airports can enhance resilience to weather the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for future disruptions ahead.

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Owen Roberts Int’l Completes Airfield Improvements During Pandemic

Owen Roberts Int’l Completes Airfield Improvements During Pandemic
March is usually a very busy month at Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM), with tourists streaming in to enjoy beaches, coral reefs and other western Caribbean attractions. After years of tremendous growth in passenger traffic, officials were looking forward to a record-breaking March last year. And then COVID-19 effectively closed the entire island, including its airport.

Consulting Subsidiary Supplements & Diversifies Revenue Stream for Winnipeg Airports Authority

Consulting Subsidiary Supplements & Diversifies Revenue Stream for Winnipeg Airports Authority
Leadership decided to parlay the organization’s experience operating and managing Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG), Canada’s seventh busiest airport for passenger traffic and the busiest for air cargo, into a consulting firm for other Canadian airports. Executives felt that the strategy would not only support WAA’s financial well-being, but also allow the organization to “give back” to the airport community.

Memphis Int’l Builds Mission Control Center to Consolidate Operations, Boost Efficiency

Memphis Int’l Builds Mission Control Center to Consolidate Operations, Boost Efficiency
Memphis International Airport (MEM) recently addressed several separate, but related, facility issues in one deft move. By constructing a new nerve center for operations and maintenance, the Tennessee airport not only substantially increased its own efficiency, it also accommodated the expansion needs of its largest tenant, FedEx.

Pandemic Ushers in New Safety Measures at Dallas Fort Worth Int’l

Pandemic Ushers in New Safety Measures at Dallas Fort Worth Int’l
When COVID-19 first began lashing the United States last winter, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) initiated a multimillion-dollar response effort within weeks. As early as January 2020, the airport increased its cleaning/disinfecting frequency and rolled out strategies and procedures specifically designed to address the emerging global health crisis.

FedEx Expands at Ontario Int’l to Support Growing E-Commerce Demand

FedEx Expands at Ontario Int’l to Support Growing E-Commerce Demand
Cargo has been an important bright spot during the COVID-19 pandemic for many U.S. airports—especially Ontario International (ONT), located just 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles. With passenger traffic down about 50% from 2019 to 2020, ONT experienced double-digit increases in commercial freight volume almost every month last year. And 2021 may be even better.

Salt Lake City Int’l Supports New Terminal with New Enterprise Asset Management Software

Salt Lake City Int’l Supports New Terminal with New Enterprise Asset Management Software
When Salt Lake City International (SLC) opened the first phase of its $4.1 billion redevelopment program to passengers in mid-September, airport officials understood the importance of making the most of that investment. So they took the uncommon opportunity of having a fresh, new facility to simultaneously implement a fresh, new approach to asset management.

Enterprise Data Warehouse Centralizes Operational Info for Key PANYNJ Airports

Enterprise Data Warehouse Centralizes Operational Info for Key PANYNJ Airports
In a flash, the information that airports routinely collect about arrivals, departures, passenger counts, etc. has become more important than ever. Records detailing where each passenger originated, for instance, are crucial in light of COVID-19 travel restrictions and advisories.

Let There Be Light - Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

Let There Be Light - Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) has its very own slice of the Northern Lights, and it’s a doozy. The Aurora is an interactive light sculpture by new media artist Jen Lewin that spirals down from the ticketing lobby of Terminal 1, through an opening in the floor, to the baggage claim area on the ground floor. Named for the aurora borealis, the 29-foot-tall, 740-pound sculpture combines artistry and engineering to celebrate the colorful lights that periodically appear in Minnesota’s northern sky.

New Terminal Significantly Increases Capacity, Flexibility at Brownsville South Padre Island Int’l

New Terminal Significantly Increases Capacity, Flexibility at Brownsville South Padre Island Int’l
The new terminal, set to open in January 2021, is 91,000 square feet, with four gates that can accommodate four narrow-body aircraft simultaneously. The entry hall features an expansive 45-foot glass wall that bathes check-in, baggage claim and a meet-and-greet area in natural sunlight. The TSA checkpoint exceeds minimum design standards to prepare BRO for evolving security requirements.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Updates Signs for Motorists

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Updates Signs for Motorists
New signage is making it easier for drivers to navigate Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL). A comprehensive project substantially completed in December replaced aging signs with brighter, easier-to-read LED displays.

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