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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) has its very own slice of the Northern Lights, and it’s a doozy.

Arcata-Eureka Completes $7.4 Million Expansion

With 100,000 annual deplanements, the Arcata-Eureka airport in Humboldt County, CA, is small by airline standards. And after 9/11, it grew even smaller as new security requirements gobbled up nearly one-third of its terminal space.

Preservation Process Buys Duluth Int'l Time Before Runway Reconstruction

Like many airports across the country, Duluth International Airport (DLH) is caught in the cross hairs of aging runway infrastructure and tight federal funding. At the same time, it also faces scheduling and budget complications associated with construction of a new terminal. A few years ago, however, it found a way to stave off a major reconstruction; and a rehabilitation project earlier this year validated the strategy.

Indy's New Airport Provides Clean Canvas for Art Collection

Art collections at Indianapolis, Ottowa, and Jacksonville International Airports are explored.

New Training Center in Atlanta Uses Controlled Live Fire

Not being prepared is not an option at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, the world's busiest airport, serving more than 90 million passengers annually.

Oakland Int'l Contends with Wetlands, Endangered Species & Seismic Risk at New Fuel Farm

"Building a fuel tank farm isn't sexy; it just needs to be done," says Tom McCartin, chairman of Oakland Fuel Facilities Corporation (OFFC) at California's Oakland International Airport. With 15 carriers uploading an estimated 117 million gallons of jet fuel in 2009, it was simply time to replace the aging fuel farms, McCartin explains.

Charlotte Douglas Develops Custom Simulator for Driver Training

If necessity is the mother of invention, Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) should be passing out cigars. It developed its own customized computer simulator for airport driver training with help from the Volpe Center, a fee-for-service branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration.

Hartsfield-Jackson Prepares to Debut People Mover & Rental Car Center

Building an automated people mover (APM) is a huge task for an airport; constructing a new rental car center is no small feat, either. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, the world's busiest airport, is undertaking both projects at once, at an anticipated cost of $628 million.

Mounted Patrol Augments Security at Houston Intercontinental

Don't mess with Texas - especially its largest airport. George Bush Intercontinental in Houston has a volunteer regiment of more than 600 horseback riders patrolling its 13,000 acres.

Reno Reinvents Passenger Check-in and Baggage Screening Areas

From March 2008 to November 2009, passengers at Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) resorted to tent-like structures outside the main terminal to check-in for flights. Behind the tents, crews worked to complete the Airport Baggage Check-in (ABC) Project, a $63 million renovation designed to move passengers faster and more efficiently through the new ticket lobby.

Goats, Horses & Tents

Just another day at the airport. What, you may ask, do goats, horses and tents have to do with running an airport? The answer is everything. Everything creative that is.

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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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Reno Reinvents Passenger Check-in and Baggage Screening Areas

From March 2008 to November 2009, passengers at Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) resorted to tent-like structures outside the main terminal to check-in for flights. Behind the tents, crews worked to complete the Airport Baggage Check-in (ABC) Project, a $63 million renovation designed to move passengers faster and more efficiently through the new ticket lobby.

Goats, Horses & Tents

Just another day at the airport. What, you may ask, do goats, horses and tents have to do with running an airport? The answer is everything. Everything creative that is.

Beyond Air Service

Branson, MO, is known as the "live entertainment capital of the world." With 100 shows each day, 60,000 theatre seats, lakes, golf courses, family venues and more, it certainly lives up to its name. And a welcome center in the terminal of Branson Airport (BKG) connects visitors with the myriad of local options.

Branson Jet Center Exceeds Expectations

When plans began for the Branson Airport (BKG), general aviation traffic and a fixed base operation (FBO) to support it were not on the radar, says Sharon Morris, the airport's aviation services manager.

Low Cost, High Function is Guiding Principle at Branson Airport

On May 11, Branson Airport welcomed its first commercial flight: Sun Country Airlines flight SY509 from Minneapolis/St. Paul, followed shortly after by AirTran Airway Flight 1582 from Milwaukee.

Out of the Ozarks

Carving a spot into the Ozark foothills for the new Branson Airport (BKG) in Taney County, MO, was no easy feat. A total of 12 million cubic yards of earth was removed just to prepare the land, according to Jeremy Berven, deputy director of operations and maintenance.

Branson Establishes New Business Model as First Private Commercial Airport in the Country

That's how director Jeff Bourk, A.A.E, describes the new Branson Airport (BKG) that opened May 11. As the first privately developed and operated commercial service airport in the United States, it's unique, at the very least.
An amazing feat by most standards.

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.

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