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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.

State of Play

All too often when we look at our airports, businesses and industry, it's difficult to pinpoint when direction has changed or momentum has shifted. When did we fall into a recession and then climb out? When did sustainability become so important to airports? When did a $4.50 PFC become inadequate?

The Virtues of Transparency

We hear a lot about transparency lately, especially in light of the federal stimulus package that is introducing $787 billion into the national economy.

New Parking Structure Readies Grand Rapids for Traffic Rebound

Winter is just arriving, but travelers at Gerald R. Ford International (GRR) in Grand Rapids are already relishing the airport's new covered parking and enclosed skywalk.

Sea-Tac Expands Recycling Program to Off-Aircraft Materials

Recycling pays. But that's not the only reason Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is spending $1.5 million to integrate off-aircraft materials into its already award-winning recycling program.

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.

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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.

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.

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