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Salt Lake City Int’l Constructs 21st Century Terminal
In mid-September, Salt Lake City International (SLC) unveiled the first phase of its $4.1 billion redevelopment project, a comprehensive series of much-needed operational and aesthetic upgrades throughout the entire airport.
Collaboration, Flexibility Help Sacramento Int’l Meet Critical Deadline to Reopen Key Runway
Despite surprising underground discoveries and a limited construction period due to impending seasonal fog, Sacramento International Airport (SMF) opened its critically important new $30 million concrete runway on time.
Central Nebraska Regional Builds New ARFF Station for New Fire Truck
Central Nebraska Regional Airport (GRI) was ready to retire its old 1982 Oshkosh fire truck.
Symbiotic Relationship With State University Helps Propel Salina Regional Into the Future
Some say that when one door closes, another one opens. Turns out that when one Air Force base closes, a lot of doors can open.
Improvements to Bulk Fuel Farm at JFK Int’l Include First New Tanks in Almost 50 Years
Beatlemania, bell bottoms and lava lamps. These were all the rage in the ’60s, when most of the bulk fuel farm at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) was built.
Dulles Int’l Adds Separate Pickup Area for TNC Traffic
Recognizing the need to improve ground transportation flow, the airport operations team zeroed in on traffic from app-based transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Lyft and Uber. In mid-August, IAD debuted what it calls the third curb, an area dedicated solely to TNC pickups.
New Concourse Positions Eagle County Regional for Growth
Construction moved ahead, but not without challenges. From the airport’s perspective, it was crucial for the project team to communicate frequently and coordinate effectively to keep daily operations running smoothly.
Paine Field Saves Time & Money by Fast-Tracking Ramp Repairs
Paine Field (PAE), just north of Seattle, saved an estimated quarter of a million dollars and two months of time on recent ramp repairs by suspending commercial passenger flights and closing the terminal to complete the project while traffic was already slow due to COVID-19.
Regina Int’l Boosts Concessions Sales With Interim Renovations
Late last year, Regina International Airport (YQR) in Saskatchewan added a glass wall, and concessions sales promptly jumped. Liquor sales doubled, and post-security food receipts increased by more than 50%.
Huntsville Int’l Completes Comprehensive Security Upgrade
Huntsville International (HSV) didn’t plan for its new security system to go live during one of the greatest periods of unrest the U.S. has seen. But that’s how the project schedule unfolded.
Baggage Handling Takes Center Stage at Salt Lake City Int’l
When Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) opened the first phase of its $4.1 billion redevelopment project in mid-September, one of the most critical aspects had been commissioned about six months earlier.
Sign of the Times - San Diego International (SAN)
Leave it to San Diego International (SAN) to commission artwork specifically for the age of COVID-19.
Fitchburg Municipal Courts Bizjets With Longer Runway & 24/7 Fuel
Recognizing its airport’s potential as an economic magnet, the city of Fitchburg, MA, recently built a new runway capable of handling corporate jets. The $14.7 million project was backed and largely financed by the FAA. Fitchburg Municipal Airport (FIT) opened the new 5,001-foot runway in late May.

Beacons Offer Bridge to Common Goal of Customer Service

Beacon technology is nothing new, but the way it is being implemented at airports certainly is. Phil Easter, director of mobile apps at American Airlines, says that beacons build a bridge between the airport authority and the airlines by providing information that benefits both, and, most importantly, benefits their common customers, the passengers.

Sea-Tac's Green Programs Run the Gamut From Food Donation to Flight Procedures

Airport officials who insist that environmental programs are a) too expensive; b) disruptive to operations; c) largely ineffective; or d) all of the above could learn a lot from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Last year, it handled 34.8 million passengers while maintaining more than a dozen green initiatives, and in the process further solidified its position as one of the industry's strongest environmental leaders.

Service Changes Lead to New Retail Development at Pittsburgh Int'l

A $10 million revamp of the airside terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) simultaneously addressed two issues: a major change in the nature of the airport's passenger traffic and the need to update its retail concessions.

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Int'l Strips Terminal to Bones & Rebuilds

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) celebrated the $201 million renovation of its terminal and concourses in August; but "renovation" doesn't fully convey the magnitude of its transformation.

No Airport is an Island

Events over the last few weeks have served as vivid reminders of how tightly our nation's airports are woven into the fabric of what happens nationally and locally. The challenge is how we approach, even embrace, our responses.

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1 + 1 = 3

At the recent ACC/AAAE Symposium in Denver, I heard a few people whining about the recently-signed stimulus package. The comments were that we "only got $1 billion." Unbelievable. This is a tremendous building block...

Midway Privatization in Final Phase

Six firms/investment groups responded to the City of Chicago's request for qualifications from private companies interested in assuming management of Midway. In September 2008, it selected the Midway Investment and Development Corporation, a consortium of Citi Infrastructure Investors, Vancouver Airport Services and John Hancock Life Insurance Company.

Roadway Method Reaps Benefits for Lone Star Runway

When the main runway at Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe, TX, started to face frequent drainage issues and distress that required constant patching and replacement, officials there turned to a technique more popular on roadways than runways.

Happy New (Legislative) Year

President-elect Barack Obama has put his new transportation leadership team in place and we anticipate a fast start to address our nation's infrastructure challenges.

SMS Pilot Programs Already Yielding Results

You don't need a crystal ball or tea leaves to see it coming. The topic of safety management systems (SMS) has been popping up at seminars and industry conferences throughout the country ever since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its first Advisory Circular (150/5200-37) on the subject in early 2007. Before that, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) had required SMS from certificated international airports since 2005.

Massport Takes a Multi-Faceted Approach to Airfield Safety

Officials at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) take what they call a "multi-faceted" approach to airfield safety. Flavio Leo, manager of aviation planning, identifies six main facets: a heavy emphasis on partnerships, promoting a learning culture, testing and/or implementing new technology, enhanced markings, physical improvements and extensive, regular coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration and air carriers.

Southwest Florida Cleans Up Baggage Loading Process

When its state-of-the-art terminal opened in September 2005, Southwest Florida International Airport was one of the first airports in the nation to operate an inline baggage handling system with fully automated explosives detection. As such, the Lee County facility was one of the first airports in the nation to fully realize the complexities of such a system.

Indy Raises the Bar for Airport Command Centers

The new $11 million Airport Operations Center/Emergency Operations Center (AOC/EOC) at Indianapolis International is bound to become the envy of airport operators throughout the country and abroad. It's already the pride and joy of the staff working there.

Digital Upgrades at Sanford

Known as Central Florida's "Gateway to the Sun," Sanford International Airport (SFB) near Orlando is one of the busiest airports in the country. With the daunting responsibility of accommodating approximately two million travelers each year, SFB had good reason to step up its interest in the latest security technologies.

IT Achieves Master Plan Status

Typical airport master plans provide conceptual structure for future growth and improvements, with an emphasis on physical infrastructure like buildings and runways. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is taking a more progressive approach by supplementing the master plan for San Diego International Airport (SAN) with a companion information technology (IT) master plan.

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