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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.

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.

FedEx Builds Mega Hangar at Memphis Int'l

Last year, Memphis International Airport (MEM) handled 4.2 million tons of cargo - more than any other airport in the world for the 17th year in a row. Memphis-based FedEx Corporation accounted for all but 2% of the volume.

Dane County Regional Boosts Parking Capacity & Environmental Consciousness

It's hard to think of parking construction as "green," but careful planning made it happen at Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, WI. Primary components of the project even achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

BWI Expands Baggage Handling Capacity to Support AirTran Growth

Five years ago, AirTran was operating 20 flights a day out of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Lately, it has tripled that volume with daily flights peaking above 60.

Pittsburgh Int'l Tests Bio-acoustic Bird Dispersal Technology

Shortly after US Airways Flight 1549 ditched into the Hudson River in January, the topic of bird strikes thrust into the public psyche. It's long been an issue for airport operators, but the highly publicized incident pushed it to the forefront.

Airport Art Programs Find Creative Ways to Survive Tough Economy

It takes an entirely new vein of creativity to manage an airport art program these days. Aesthetics are still paramount; but the financial aspects are tougher than ever given the bleak landscape of the air travel industry. It's almost like being trapped in an Edvard Munch painting.

Philadelphia Int'l Earns Environmental

Teamwork between the airport and airlines has enabled Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to secure the most Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) funding of all airports nationwide during 2008 - about $4 million, in total.

Small South Texas Airport Adds Big Technology for Access Control

Before adding a new access control system last year, Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport (BRO) was literally under lock and key. Its previous electronic access control system encountered so many problems the airport turned it off and resorted to key access for secure areas.

Regional Airports Improve Customer Service with Website Services

With increased security requirements, uncontrollable weather delays and oversold flights, it's tough to please air travelers. Two small airports are enhancing their websites to help the cause.

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Philadelphia Int'l Earns Environmental

Teamwork between the airport and airlines has enabled Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to secure the most Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) funding of all airports nationwide during 2008 - about $4 million, in total.

Small South Texas Airport Adds Big Technology for Access Control

Before adding a new access control system last year, Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport (BRO) was literally under lock and key. Its previous electronic access control system encountered so many problems the airport turned it off and resorted to key access for secure areas.

Regional Airports Improve Customer Service with Website Services

With increased security requirements, uncontrollable weather delays and oversold flights, it's tough to please air travelers. Two small airports are enhancing their websites to help the cause.

Traffic Growth Spurs Airside Expansion at Ottawa Int'l

After Ottawa International opened its $310 million Passenger Terminal Building in October 2003, the Airport Authority had little time to relish its accomplishment before significant traffic growth triggered another expansion. Every year, passenger loads kept exceeding the previous record-breaking total.

Airport Growth Prompts Fueling

With approximately 1,600 aircraft operations each day and well over 40 million passengers each year, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) has undergone a number of expansions to keep up with its traffic. As PHX added gates, concourses and terminals, its fueling facilities steadily expanded behind the scenes, too - most recently with the installation of a fifth storage tank for $600,000.

Nantucket Memorial Expands & Modernizes Without Losing Island Charm

Running an airport is challenging enough without having to worry about where to get power or how to segregate secure and non-secure travelers. But those are just a few of the challenges that prompted Nantucket Memorial Airport to undertake a $29 million terminal expansion and improvement project.

NFL Quarterback Helps Promote Lambert USO at Least Two Ranks

A privately funded $300,000 renovation of the USO facility at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is dovetailing nicely with other airport-backed improvements being made throughout the main terminal. Marc Bulger, quarterback of the St. Louis Rams, teamed with a local radio personality to help raise the funds for the recently completed renovation and expansion.

Taking Care of Good Asphalt Pavements

Can you name the largest asset owned by taxpayers? It's infrastructure. Recent calculations value our highway system alone at nearly $80 trillion!

Florida Airport Acts as Own General Contractor for Inline Baggage System

Foregoing the use of a general contractor and managing a design/build process itself, Florida's Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) added inline baggage operations at half the cost of traditional engineered build methods.

Intermodal Center Expands Port of Huntsville's Air Cargo Capabilities

The Port of Huntsville in Alabama opened its new, 92,000-square-foot air cargo building in May, achieving a milestone toward its mission to provide quality intermodal transportation services to a diverse customer base and expand the economy of the Tennessee Valley region.

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