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McCarran Int’l, Lehigh Valley Int’l Launch Coronavirus Response Campaigns
With air traffic down dramatically and the future of the COVID-19 pandemic still uncertain, this has already been a trying year for the entire industry.
Ocean City Municipal Installs Artificial Turf
The Ocean City, NJ, area is known for beaches, boardwalks and unspoiled hiking areas. But some of the very features that make it attractive for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts make it difficult for the local general aviation airport.
San Antonio Int’l Among Airports With New Checkpoint Scanners
The same high-tech scanning technology that’s used for medical imaging and screening checked baggage is gradually transitioning to passenger checkpoints at dozens of U.S. airports.
San Francisco Int’l Installs First Tote-Based Baggage System in U.S.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is turning heads with the architecture and art in Harvey Milk Terminal 1, but the rebuilt facility also includes some important less visible features. The new baggage handling system is one of its hardest-working hidden gems.
O’Hare Int’l Renovates & Expands Restrooms in Terminals 1 & 3
As part of its ongoing commitment to customer service, Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) refreshes its restroom facilities on a rotating three-year cycle.
Ground Power Upgrades in the Works at Newark Int’l
Change is happening on the tarmac at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) as United Airlines decentralizes its aging ground power systems in favor of new point-of-use ground power units (GPUs).
Lexington Blue Grass Airport Adds New Fire Station During Airfield Upgrades
Lexington Blue Grass Airport (LEX) is on pace to open a new three-story aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) facility in August. Completion of the $15 million ARFF station moves the Kentucky airport one important step closer to finishing its five-phase program to enhance taxiway safety.
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.
Nashville Int’l Launches New Website Design
Nashville International Airport (BNA) has completed numerous brick-and-mortar improvements in recent years to keep pace with the region’s booming economy and population growth. And now, BNA has an improved online presence as well.
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.
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.
Pedestrian Bridge Facilitates Construction of New Arrivals & Departures Hall at LaGuardia Terminal B
New York is the city that never sleeps. That’s the level of energy brought by the private consortium that recently redeveloped the Terminal B Arrivals and Departures Hall at LaGuardia Airport (LGA), one of the largest airport construction projects in the world.
The Original Aviators: John Wayne Airport (JWA)
A flock of 21 bird-like sculptures perpetually soar over the baggage carousels of Terminal C at John Wayne Airport (JWA) in Santa Ana, CA.

Automated Self-Serve Bag Drop Saves Travelers Time & Increases Airline Efficiency at Halifax Int’l

Recent enhancements to baggage handling at Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) are setting new precedents for efficiency in the front of the house and behind the scenes. A fully automated self-service baggage drop is the first of its kind in North America; and associated backroom systems have more than tripled the Nova Scotia airport’s overall handling capacity.

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.

San Francisco Int’l Installs Runway Safety Areas With More Than a Year Left on the Congressional Clock

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) completed a two-phase runway safety area (RSA) project in early August (2014) — beating its own schedule by one month and finishing more than a year ahead of the congressionally mandated Dec. 31, 2015, deadline for all federally obligated and Part 139 airports. The new safety features, estimated to cost about $223 million, are designed to significantly reduce personal injury and aircraft damage in the event of runway overruns, undershoots and veer-offs, per FAA Advisory Circular 150/5300-13.

Des Moines Int’l & Fort Smith Regional Privatize Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting Services

As the Pentagon converts two Midwestern Air National Guard units from flight training to drone operation regiments, the airports that hosted the units lost their aircraft rescue and firefighting services (ARFF) in the process. Acting separately, both airports turned to the private sector to fill that gap. On Oct. 1, Iowa’s Des Moines International Airport (DSM) and Fort Smith Regional Airport (FSM) in Arkansas turned over their ARFF operations to Pro-Tec Fire Services, the largest private provider of ARFF services in the industry. While both DSM and FSM received advance notice that their ARFF services would be leaving with their respective guard units, the airport’s individual situations differed — and so did their reactions to the news.

Atlanta Int'l Curbs Crime with Increased Visibility & Multiple Layers of Enforcement

Crime is down at the world's busiest passenger airport, and its "top cop" credits increased visibility of enforcement methods for much of the positive change. Specifically, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) experienced about 12% less crime last year vs. 2013. Larceny, in particular, dropped 34%. Maj. Lane A. Hagin, commanding officer of the Atlanta Police Department Airport Precinct, attributes improvement in both areas to a more conspicuous policing presence throughout the facility.

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Kermit Was Wrong

We're heading into the 4th Quarter. The bottom hasn't dropped out of the industry. Rather we're moving on and doing what what's needed to grow and prosper. It has become abundantly clear that there is real growth and prosperity to be had.

Airports Going Green

It has been an active and productive summer for the Chicago Department of Aviation. While moving forward with construction on the O'Hare Modernization Program (OMP), we recently released our new Sustainable Airports Manual. And along with the American Association of Airport Executives, we hosted the second "Airports Going Green" conference.

Detroit Metro Debuts 35 New Eateries & Shops

The new $421 million North Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) isn't just architecturally stunning, it's also loaded with new culinary and retail offerings. More than 40,000 square feet of new space marked by colorful storefronts with new concepts and brands greeted passengers when it opened last September.

FedEx Builds Mega Hangar at Memphis Int'l

Last year, Memphis International Airport (MEM) handled 4.2 million tons of cargo - more than any other airport in the world for the 17th year in a row. Memphis-based FedEx Corporation accounted for all but 2% of the volume.

Dane County Regional Boosts Parking Capacity & Environmental Consciousness

It's hard to think of parking construction as "green," but careful planning made it happen at Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, WI. Primary components of the project even achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

BWI Expands Baggage Handling Capacity to Support AirTran Growth

Five years ago, AirTran was operating 20 flights a day out of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Lately, it has tripled that volume with daily flights peaking above 60.

Pittsburgh Int'l Tests Bio-acoustic Bird Dispersal Technology

Shortly after US Airways Flight 1549 ditched into the Hudson River in January, the topic of bird strikes thrust into the public psyche. It's long been an issue for airport operators, but the highly publicized incident pushed it to the forefront.

Airport Art Programs Find Creative Ways to Survive Tough Economy

It takes an entirely new vein of creativity to manage an airport art program these days. Aesthetics are still paramount; but the financial aspects are tougher than ever given the bleak landscape of the air travel industry. It's almost like being trapped in an Edvard Munch painting.

Philadelphia Int'l Earns Environmental

Teamwork between the airport and airlines has enabled Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to secure the most Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) funding of all airports nationwide during 2008 - about $4 million, in total.

Small South Texas Airport Adds Big Technology for Access Control

Before adding a new access control system last year, Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport (BRO) was literally under lock and key. Its previous electronic access control system encountered so many problems the airport turned it off and resorted to key access for secure areas.

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