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Terminal Modernization at Boston Logan Has Passengers and Locals Seeing Red, But in a Good Way
Nearly 250 years after Paul Revere rode out of Boston warning of a pending advance by British Redcoats, a shimmering red coat of paint warmly welcomes international visitors to the modern airport in his colonial hometown.
Terminal Expansion at Kansas City Int’l Prompts New Snow Removal Strategy and Equipment
Kansas City International Airport (MCI) recently underwent a transformative expansion, not only reshaping its terminal but also nearly tripling the size of its apron. In true domino fashion, those improvements created the need for a whole new approach to snow removal.
A new glycol recycling facility opened at Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) featuring first-of-its-kind deicing technology for the United States.
Vancouver Int’l Turns Untimely Winter Storms Into Opportunity for Improvement
Staff members at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in British Columbia refer to the experience almost cryptically as “the Four Days in December.” And it’s as ominous as it sounds.
LaGuardia’s New Chase Sapphire Lounge is a Rare Gem
Designers and planners who created the luxe Chase Sapphire Lounge at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York “went for gold” regarding aesthetics, amenities and overall building standards. And they seem to have succeeded on all accounts.
Sarasota-Bradenton Int’l Adds New Cellphone Lot With Improved Amenities
The rapid growth at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)—a whopping 230% increase in passenger volume in the last five years—has brought smiles to the faces of management. But it also created an associated increase in vehicle traffic that caused curbside congestion at the terminal.
Massive Restroom Renovations in Progress at Miami Int’l
Miami International Airport (MIA) is undergoing a comprehensive renovation of more than 200 restrooms. The effort, slated for completion by 2030, is just one component of a larger future-ready capital initiative created under Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava to modernize MIA.
Montgomery Regional Leaps Into the Future With Electric Aircraft Chargers
Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) in Alabama claimed a spot in aviation history this February as one of the first U.S. airports to open a station with state-of-the-art chargers for electric aircraft.
Website Platform Helps Airports Attract More Customers
Growth can be elusive for any airport, especially small ones that suffer “leakage”—the loss of customers to larger nearby airports.
Danville Regional Renovates Terminal and Ramp
A new Caesars casino and hotel scheduled to open later this year near Danville Regional (DAN) has created a good news/bad news situation for the southern Virginia airport.
Waco Regional Uses CARES Act Funds for Terminal Renovation Project
Waco Regional Airport (ACT)—located smack dab between Austin-Bergstrom International (AUS) and Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW)—is making airport-wide investments to ensure that it will be able to continue meeting customer demand in central Texas.
Drones and Virtual Reality Speed Control Tower Siting at Boulder City Municipal
Coping with such change is essential, but staying ahead of it is ideal.
All-Star Art Installations - Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
From the moment airline passengers deplane, they see photos of NBA players and branded graphics everywhere—with plenty of spots for selfies.
New Terminal Connector Improves Passenger Accessibility at Los Angeles Int’l
Los Angeles World Airports and Delta Air Lines have opened the final phases of their joint Delta Sky Way project at Los Angeles International Airport, a combined investment of $2.3 billion to revitalize one of the airline’s key hubs.
Rapidly Growing Volume of Oversized Baggage Prompts System Redesign at Salt Lake City Int’l
Snowbird. Deer Valley. Park City. The natural peaks around Salt Lake City that create sought-after runs for skiers also create problematic peak days for oversized baggage at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC).

Denver Int'l Upgrades Airfield Lighting

Before a $6.64 million airfield lighting project was completed at Denver International (DEN) last spring, the airport's surface movement guidance and control system (SMGCS) needed a major upgrade. The system, which was installed in the 1990s, included stop bar lights at runway entrances for all six runways but no in-pavement runway guard lights. In addition, its multimode fiber optic cable was old and some of the connectors were starting to break off, explains DEN's Electrical Support Engineer Heather McKee.

Pittsburgh Int'l Combines Two Software Packages to Integrate Airfield Reporting

When the weather is deteriorating and pilots need accurate, up-to-date runway condition reports, the time it takes to create and forward manual reports can be costly. Incorrect or stale information can lead to incorrect decisions, which, in turn, can lead to disastrous results.

Evolution of an Issue

Three years ago, we brought you our very first Runway & Ramp Special Edition. It seemed like a logical decision. We were already running multiple airfield articles in many issues, and we still had a growing backlog of excellent leads. Plus, more and more suppliers and consultants focusing on runway and ramp work were advertising, and conferences like Snow Symposium, SWIFT, IES and FOD were regular stops for magazine staff.

What Works

While I would like to believe that the only communication vehicle our industry needs is a publication like Airport Improvement, I'm not naïve enough to tell you so.

A Commitment to Green for Non-Aeronautical Revenues

Squeezed by increasingly tight budgets, business-savvy airports of various types and sizes are turning to their land and its natural resources for additional streams of non-aeronautical revenue. Some earn surprisingly sizable returns by the bushel or acre.

Chattanooga Metro Builds New General Aviation Facility to Spur On-Field Competition

For years, general aviation customers at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) longed for new service providers to help drive down higher-than-average fuel prices and hangar costs on the south Tennessee field.

VALE Grant Boosts Environmental Efficiency of Portland Jetport's Terminal Expansion

When officials at Portland International Jetport in Maine (PWM) initiated preliminary design work for the airport's recent $75 million terminal expansion, their sustainability goals were relatively modest compared to what was ultimately achieved.

Leveraging Technology for Asset Management

With about 2 million square feet of interior space, nine separate buildings and 3,000+ pieces of equipment under its purview, the facilities maintenance department at Spokane International Airport in Washington (GEG) has a lot of ground to cover. Its wide variety of duties - from preventive maintenance on the HVAC system and snow removal to unclogging restroom toilets and changing baggage belts - used to be managed on a rudimentary whiteboard. Assignments were listed and then crossed off or erased.

Air Force Academy Ditches Grass for Synthetic Turf

When the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, (KAFF) invested $5.4 million in 19 new gliders last year, officials knew that its sailplane landing area would no longer suffice. Dried clumps of native grasses made for an extremely rough landing surface that was overstressing and fatiguing the aircraft.

Orlando Int'l Enhances Service with New Remote Baggage Screening Facility

With one of the busiest checked baggage systems in the country, baggage handling is a critical component to overall operations at Orlando International Airport (MCO). During Florida's peak tourism season, outbound volume ratchets up to 54,000 pieces per day, with influential customers including Walt Disney World, Carnival Cruise Lines, Orange County Convention Center and Rosen Shingle Creek Resort contributing to the volume.

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Evolution of an Issue

Three years ago, we brought you our very first Runway & Ramp Special Edition. It seemed like a logical decision. We were already running multiple airfield articles in many issues, and we still had a growing backlog of excellent leads. Plus, more and more suppliers and consultants focusing on runway and ramp work were advertising, and conferences like Snow Symposium, SWIFT, IES and FOD were regular stops for magazine staff.

What Works

While I would like to believe that the only communication vehicle our industry needs is a publication like Airport Improvement, I'm not naïve enough to tell you so.

A Commitment to Green for Non-Aeronautical Revenues

Squeezed by increasingly tight budgets, business-savvy airports of various types and sizes are turning to their land and its natural resources for additional streams of non-aeronautical revenue. Some earn surprisingly sizable returns by the bushel or acre.

Chattanooga Metro Builds New General Aviation Facility to Spur On-Field Competition

For years, general aviation customers at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) longed for new service providers to help drive down higher-than-average fuel prices and hangar costs on the south Tennessee field.

VALE Grant Boosts Environmental Efficiency of Portland Jetport's Terminal Expansion

When officials at Portland International Jetport in Maine (PWM) initiated preliminary design work for the airport's recent $75 million terminal expansion, their sustainability goals were relatively modest compared to what was ultimately achieved.

Leveraging Technology for Asset Management

With about 2 million square feet of interior space, nine separate buildings and 3,000+ pieces of equipment under its purview, the facilities maintenance department at Spokane International Airport in Washington (GEG) has a lot of ground to cover. Its wide variety of duties - from preventive maintenance on the HVAC system and snow removal to unclogging restroom toilets and changing baggage belts - used to be managed on a rudimentary whiteboard. Assignments were listed and then crossed off or erased.

Air Force Academy Ditches Grass for Synthetic Turf

When the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, (KAFF) invested $5.4 million in 19 new gliders last year, officials knew that its sailplane landing area would no longer suffice. Dried clumps of native grasses made for an extremely rough landing surface that was overstressing and fatiguing the aircraft.

Orlando Int'l Enhances Service with New Remote Baggage Screening Facility

With one of the busiest checked baggage systems in the country, baggage handling is a critical component to overall operations at Orlando International Airport (MCO). During Florida's peak tourism season, outbound volume ratchets up to 54,000 pieces per day, with influential customers including Walt Disney World, Carnival Cruise Lines, Orange County Convention Center and Rosen Shingle Creek Resort contributing to the volume.

Halifax Stanfield Considers Airport Service Survey an Important Tool

With 28 customer satisfaction awards to its credit since the Airport Service Quality survey began in 2002, Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) in Nova Scotia has a keen sense of the assessment tool's value in improving visitor satisfaction.

Sea-Tac's New Rental Car Facility is Fast Off the Line

Just 10 weeks after its mid-May premiere, the new Consolidated Rental Car Facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) served its one millionth customer. During peak periods, more than 1,500 passengers shuttle between the new five-story facility and SEA's terminal per hour. On its busiest day, the facility served 18,000 customers.

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