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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.

Lights, Camera, Airports

It's hard to watch Up in the Air without playing "name that airport" (or frequent flier lounge or airfield). But even for industry insiders, it's tough to tell what's real and what's the architectural equivalent of a body double.
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Filming of Up in the Air

Vancouver Int'l Relishes Role as Official Olympics Airport Supplier

It's often said that the first and last impressions of a city are made at the airport. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is especially cognizant of its unique opportunity to have a lasting, positive effect on travelers as the world's entryway to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Salina Municipal Opts for Preformed Thermoplastic Taxiway Markings

Located smack dab in the middle of the continental United States, Salina Municipal Airport (SLN) is commonly known as America's Fuel Stop. Each year, the relatively small Kansas airport delivers nearly 4 million gallons of fuel to more than 7,000 business jets and 3,000 governmental and military aircraft. All those mid-continent fuel stops and the constantly changing local climate put SLN's pavement markings through an "extreme amount of wear and tear," explains Timothy Rogers, A.A.E., executive director of the Salina Airport Authority.

Airports Across the Nation Make Passenger Screening a Private Matter

From removing shoes and belts for metal detectors to privacy concerns about full-body scans, some airline passengers feel like they receive a virtual shakedown at airport security. Add understaffed checkpoints, overworked screeners and equipment glitches to the mix, and passenger screening quickly becomes a recipe for disaster. As customer complaints skyrocket, so does the risk of dangerous mistakes.

New Terminal Opens the Door to Economic Growth in Winter Haven

Passengers flying into Winter Haven Municipal Airport (KGIF) receive an especially warm welcome these days - and a surprise if it's been awhile since they visited. The new and dramatically larger 13,362-square-foot terminal building completed in 2008 could make people think they've landed in another city.

The Yin and Yang of Airport Security

With terrorists constantly changing their tactics, the need to continually update screening technology, procedures and systems seems obvious. But how we change them makes all the difference in the world. It can make everyone safer or devastate our entire airport system.

Detroit Metro Builds $3.9 million Training Center

Police at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) sprang into action when the infamous "underwear bomber" unsuccessfully attempted to bring down a Christmas day flight en route from Amsterdam. Two days later, DTW police were back in full crisis response mode when a passenger aboard the same Amsterdam flight locked himself in bathroom and prompted another emergency landing. These are events which make the recent construction of a $3.9 million public safety training center seem proactive and full of foresight.

Toronto Pearson Resolves People Mover Problem

It was a combination third anniversary and grand re-opening when trains began rolling at Toronto Pearson International Airport last July. LINK, the airport's automated people mover that debuted in July 2006, had been closed for three months while crews performed C$4 million of repairs on trains and guideways that originally cost C$56 million.

Sharing Knowledge

Baggage systems are a key operating component of any airport and shouldn't be an afterthought. They should receive the same attention as runways, control towers and/or any other critical function that is at the heartbeat of an airport.

Atlanta, TSA Co-op to Increase Security, Decrease Claims with CCTV

As the nation's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) also ranks among the top 10 airports in the nation for claims filed with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). But ATL and TSA have joined forces to curb this unwanted status.

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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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Toronto Pearson Resolves People Mover Problem

It was a combination third anniversary and grand re-opening when trains began rolling at Toronto Pearson International Airport last July. LINK, the airport's automated people mover that debuted in July 2006, had been closed for three months while crews performed C$4 million of repairs on trains and guideways that originally cost C$56 million.

Sharing Knowledge

Baggage systems are a key operating component of any airport and shouldn't be an afterthought. They should receive the same attention as runways, control towers and/or any other critical function that is at the heartbeat of an airport.

Atlanta, TSA Co-op to Increase Security, Decrease Claims with CCTV

As the nation's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) also ranks among the top 10 airports in the nation for claims filed with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). But ATL and TSA have joined forces to curb this unwanted status.

Airports Share Healthy Habits - & Fewer Viruses - With Travelers

Concerns about the health and safety of employees, tenants and the traveling public have prompted action at airports worldwide.

Wheeler Airport Builds New Hangars to Meet Private Aircraft Demand

The Kansas City Aviation Department faced quite a conundrum a few years ago - what to do about its general aviation facility, Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport.

Detroit Metro Uses Stimulus Funds for Runway Reconstruction

Crosswind runway 9L/27R at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) was originally scheduled for reconstruction from summer 2009 to summer 2011. But the project was fast-tracked to just four months after a section of the pavement failed and the 35-year-old runway was shut down in February 2009.

Key West Shares Terminal Construction Risk with Contractor

Key West, FL, is an escape to paradise for millions of visitors every year. It's anything but, though, for construction projects. Literally located at mile marker zero, Key West International Airport faced unique challenges during its recent, much-needed $31 million terminal improvement project.

Software Service Streamlines Payroll Interface at Piedmont Triad

Employees at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, NC, no longer clock in and out. It's all done via the Internet; and so is requesting time off. The airport's entire time and attendance process was streamlined when it began using a web-hosted service last spring.

Houston Intercontintal Readies Facilities for Latin American Cargo Business

Given its location, George Bush Intercontinental in Houston should be an attractive airport for cargo companies flying goods to and from Latin America. Until recently, though, it didn't have the infrastructure or logistics partners to accommodate the volume of perishable goods such companies typically ship.

ATL Service Concessions Offer First-Class Experiences to All Visitors

"Road-weary" travelers can get some much-needed rest and a little extra pampering at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). Minute Suites and XpresSpa locations were recently added as a direct response to passenger requests.

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