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San Francisco Int’l Rebuilds Terminal 1  for $2.4 Billion
Guided by the ambitious goal of revolutionizing the guest experience, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is steadily making its way through the $2.4 billion reconstruction of its recently renamed Harvey Milk Terminal 1.
Evansville Regional Leverages Federal, State & Local Funds for Terminal Expansion Project
Even though the terminal at Evansville Regional Airport (EVV) was more than 30 years old, personnel there still called it the new building because it replaced the airport’s original 1928 terminal.
Trenchless Sewer-Lining Project Helps Prevent Glycol From Entering Groundwater at Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) recently completed a roughly $3.5 million project designed to prevent the glycol used to deice planes from potentially seeping into groundwater.
Milwaukee Int’l Adds Indoor Beer Garden, Coat Check Service & Other Local Concessions
​House cleaning and redecorating like company coming to visit. Officials at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) went one step further and completed a $10.5 million concessions overhaul to prepare for a series of important guests expected to arrive soon.
Norman Rogers Airport Breathes New Life into Kingston
Just as home rennovations turn life upside down for families, infrastructure projects complicate life for airport operators.
Runway Rehab Allows Anchorage Int’l to Accommodate Largest Cargo Jets
It’s common for airports to uncover unexpected challenges such as unmarked utilities, protected wildlife or even buried aircraft and other military surplus during airfield projects.
Lighting Audit & LED Conversion Illuminate Energy Savings at Atlanta Int’l
As the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) spans more than 7 million square feet of property. Naturally, it takes a lot of supplies and materials to keep the facilities that large running smoothly.
Austin Int’l Modernizes Ground Transportation Management System
The emergence of transportation network companies, or TNCs, has been a charged topic in Austin, TX. Uber and Lyft left abruptly in 2016 after a squabble with the city over fingerprinting requirements.
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) Artscape
Two of the most loved art installations at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) are two of its largest and most interactive pieces.
With Traffic Down, Wilmington Int’l Advances Expansion Project
Wilmington International Airport (ILM) in North Carolina has officially turned coronavirus lemons into lemonade.
Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Optimizes Baggage System with Cutting-Edge Screening Technologies
An updated logo referencing the Pacific Northwest is a graphic symbol of what’s new at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). But its most impressive new offering is a back-of-house system few will ever see.
Oakland Int’l Creates Task Force to Prepare for Current & Future Passengers
In mid-March, just as most of us started using the phrase “social distancing” and began wondering how the impending shelter-in-place orders would affect our states, Oakland International Airport (OAK) in California was dealing with one of its first “unprecedented” events related to the COVID-19 pand
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Pilots Global Exchange Program
Savvy airport officials know that it makes sense to help senior-level executives improve their leadership skills and broaden their perspectives. Such training helps the executives and airports.

AVI Improves Taxi Operations at Dulles

Inspired by improvements to taxi operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA) applied similar technology down the pike at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) last spring.

Soft Drinks & Coffee Carry "Experiential Marketing" into Airport Industry

January brings not only a new year at Cleveland Hopkins International (CLE), but also a new source of revenue. The airport has signed a five-year agreement valued at $2 million, which grants exclusive pouring rights throughout the terminal to Pepsi Americas.

Solar Farm at Fresno Yosemite Sets Shining Example of Energy Efficiency

What began as a small idea to improve the rental car facility at Fresno Yosemite International Airport has blossomed into a much larger project that's expected to save the California airport millions of dollars in the coming years.

Here's to the Survivors

This issue of Airport Improvement provides you with great examples of airports leveraging resources already at hand or in other cases saving money by using new technologies or outside resources.

Aviation Infrastructure: Don't Spend. Invest.

Oil priced over $150 a barrel? The number of airlines slashed by a third? Not too long ago, such statements would have made people laugh. No one is laughing anymore.

Five Management Challenges Facing Airports Amid Uncertainty

Due to high fuel prices, a slowing economy and airline service cutbacks, the always-difficult job of an airport director is even more challenging today than in the past.

Welcome Friends

It's an exciting time. Records for passengers and revenues continue to be posted and summarily surpassed. The compounding growth has placed unprecedented demands on our airport infrastructure, and we're all working hard and fast to keep pace.

A Case of Irrational Pessimism

Do we all have our seat belts fastened? The landscape we experience at year-end 2008 will surely be quite different than what our expectations were this past New Year's Day.

Advertising is Reported to Cure the Common Cold

Well, we may not go that far; but it has recently been reported that Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport may soon be swapping advertising where art is now displayed.

No Easy Answers

The seismic shocks to the global economy and their impacts on the airport community are becoming increasingly apparent. Fortunately, the price of oil has fallen below $100 a barrel, but the airlines are still cutting capacity, and additional service reductions are expected next year in an effort to trim costs.

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Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Optimizes Baggage System with Cutting-Edge Screening Technologies

Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Optimizes Baggage System with Cutting-Edge Screening Technologies
An updated logo referencing the Pacific Northwest is a graphic symbol of what’s new at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). But its most impressive new offering is a back-of-house system few will ever see.

Oakland Int’l Creates Task Force to Prepare for Current & Future Passengers

Oakland Int’l Creates Task Force to Prepare for Current & Future Passengers
In mid-March, just as most of us started using the phrase “social distancing” and began wondering how the impending shelter-in-place orders would affect our states, Oakland International Airport (OAK) in California was dealing with one of its first “unprecedented” events related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Pilots Global Exchange Program

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Pilots Global Exchange Program
Savvy airport officials know that it makes sense to help senior-level executives improve their leadership skills and broaden their perspectives. Such training helps the executives and airports. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) put a global spin on its development program by sending one executive to experience life at a European airport and another to observe operations at an Asian airport.

Duluth Int’l Reconstructs Main Runway

Duluth Int’l Reconstructs Main Runway
Tom Werner, executive director at Duluth International (DLH), is currently celebrating two big milestones: his 20th year working at the northern Minnesota airport and the recent full-length, full-depth reconstruction of its 10,150-foot main runway. As Werner describes it, the $38 million project spanned five calendar years and completely restored the airport’s very backbone.

Lanyards Heighten Awareness of Passengers With Hidden Disabilities

Lanyards Heighten Awareness of Passengers With Hidden Disabilities
When customers roll up to a ticketing counter in a wheelchair or navigate through the concourse tapping a white cane on the floor, airport employees know that they might want extra assistance. It’s far more difficult, however, to identify customers with conditions that are less apparent such as learning difficulties, mental health issues or hearing impairments.

Ocala Int’l Builds New Terminal to Match Stride of Regional Growth

Ocala Int’l Builds New Terminal to Match Stride of Regional Growth
When general aviation customers taxi up to the new terminal at Ocala International Airport (OCF) in northcentral Florida, there is no doubt they’re in horse country. The stone-clad building is topped with a barn-style cupola, and the entrance from the ramp area is lined with small statues of jockeys.

Montréal-Trudeau Int’l Builds Facility to Enhance Flow of Connecting Passengers

Montréal-Trudeau Int’l Builds Facility to Enhance Flow of Connecting Passengers
Montréal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) opened the first phase of its new two-story Connection Centre last December. The diamond-shaped facility, which is elevated over an airside road, will soon centralize processing for all passengers arriving on transborder and international flights en route to airports elsewhere in Canada and throughout the world.

Space Constraints, Rapid Growth Spark New Cargo Facilities at Ontario Int’l

Space Constraints, Rapid Growth Spark New Cargo Facilities at Ontario Int’l
Short on space for its rapidly growing cargo business, Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) is developing additional areas of the airfield for cargo operations. It also recently built two new facilities in an existing cargo area between the International Arrivals Terminal and main passenger terminal. To expedite construction and ensure future flexibility, it opted for tension fabric buildings.

Long Beach Airport & Airline Partners Phase Out Fossil Fuels for Ground Support Equipment

Long Beach Airport & Airline Partners Phase Out Fossil Fuels for Ground Support Equipment
Every new airport executive wants to hit the ground running and complete projects that are electrifying. In her first year as director of Long Beach Airport (LGB), Cynthia Guidry pulled it off—literally. When Guidry arrived at the Southern California airport, LGB had already approved a project to install 15 electric chargers for airline ground support equipment. In fact, the project was just going out to bid when she assumed the helm last July.

New ARFF Training Center at Appleton Int’l

New ARFF Training Center at Appleton Int’l
There’s a new Midwestern location for aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) training, and it’s the only site in the U.S. where personnel can practice on and in a full-size Boeing 777. The new training center is located at Appleton International Airport (ATW) in northeast Wisconsin.

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