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McCarran Int’l, Lehigh Valley Int’l Launch Coronavirus Response Campaigns
With air traffic down dramatically and the future of the COVID-19 pandemic still uncertain, this has already been a trying year for the entire industry.
Ocean City Municipal Installs Artificial Turf
The Ocean City, NJ, area is known for beaches, boardwalks and unspoiled hiking areas. But some of the very features that make it attractive for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts make it difficult for the local general aviation airport.
San Antonio Int’l Among Airports With New Checkpoint Scanners
The same high-tech scanning technology that’s used for medical imaging and screening checked baggage is gradually transitioning to passenger checkpoints at dozens of U.S. airports.
San Francisco Int’l Installs First Tote-Based Baggage System in U.S.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is turning heads with the architecture and art in Harvey Milk Terminal 1, but the rebuilt facility also includes some important less visible features. The new baggage handling system is one of its hardest-working hidden gems.
O’Hare Int’l Renovates & Expands Restrooms in Terminals 1 & 3
As part of its ongoing commitment to customer service, Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) refreshes its restroom facilities on a rotating three-year cycle.
Ground Power Upgrades in the Works at Newark Int’l
Change is happening on the tarmac at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) as United Airlines decentralizes its aging ground power systems in favor of new point-of-use ground power units (GPUs).
Lexington Blue Grass Airport Adds New Fire Station During Airfield Upgrades
Lexington Blue Grass Airport (LEX) is on pace to open a new three-story aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) facility in August. Completion of the $15 million ARFF station moves the Kentucky airport one important step closer to finishing its five-phase program to enhance taxiway safety.
Consulting Teams Working Remotely Keep Projects Moving Despite Pandemic Shutdowns
As the general public continues to shy away from commercial air travel during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, airports are finding new ways to keep their important infrastructure improvements on track.
Nashville Int’l Launches New Website Design
Nashville International Airport (BNA) has completed numerous brick-and-mortar improvements in recent years to keep pace with the region’s booming economy and population growth. And now, BNA has an improved online presence as well.
New Orleans Int’l Brings Janitorial Management In-House
When Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) officially opened the doors of its new terminal in November 2019, the facility gleamed. The concourses and updated finishes literally transformed the way nearly 25,000 passengers traveled through the airport each day.
Los Angeles Int’l Expands Pandemic Protocols with Pilot of Thermal Imaging
From the very onset of the COVID-19 crisis, Los Angeles World Airports has been aggressively pursuing new processes, protocols and technologies to keep Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) clean, healthy and safe for employees, tenants and passengers.
Pedestrian Bridge Facilitates Construction of New Arrivals & Departures Hall at LaGuardia Terminal B
New York is the city that never sleeps. That’s the level of energy brought by the private consortium that recently redeveloped the Terminal B Arrivals and Departures Hall at LaGuardia Airport (LGA), one of the largest airport construction projects in the world.
The Original Aviators: John Wayne Airport (JWA)
A flock of 21 bird-like sculptures perpetually soar over the baggage carousels of Terminal C at John Wayne Airport (JWA) in Santa Ana, CA.

Abu Dhabi Int'l Uses Artificial Turf for Airfield Safety & Marketing

Something special occurs as passengers gaze out the aircraft window when landing at their destination and taxiing to the terminal. An inherent optimism and enthusiasm about things to come takes over visitors, and the warm embrace of returning home floods locals.

Customized Security System Helps Aspen/Pitkin County Airport Address Taxiway Incursion Issue

A new security system at Colorado's Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) is helping the general aviation airport mitigate its previously recurrent problem of taxiway incursions.

Reviews Are Glowing & Expectations High for Terminal Renovations at O'Hare

Chicago once again proved its "City of Big Shoulders" attitude with a $26 million renovation of international Terminal 5 at O'Hare International Airport (ORD). The development program doubled concession space and brought in high-end retail and dining options that showcase Chicago as a global business and tourist destination.

San Juan Int'l Forges New Territory with Public-Private Partnership

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is forging new territory for a U.S. or U.S territory airport with its public-private partnership (P3). In July 2012, Aerostar Airport Holdings, a joint venture between Highstar Capital and Aeropuertos del Sureste (ASUR), was awarded a 40-year lease to operate SJU via a request for proposals process. Last February, Aerostar received its operator certificate from the FAA and assumed control of the northeastern Caribbean airport.

Calgary Int'l Builds Canada's Longest Runway

Stretching for a full 14,000 feet (4,270 meters), the new parallel runway at Calgary International Airport (YYC) in Alberta is the longest runway in Canada. But Runway 17L-35R is just one component in YYC's $620 million Runway Development Project (RDP). Other key elements include four taxiways, a concrete apron and two underpasses. Putting it modestly, the airport's RDP has been a major undertaking. After a year of design and three years in construction, Runway 17L-35R opened in late June.

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Austin Straubel Ditches Swabbing for High-Tech CT Scanners

Five scanners - CT-80s, by Reveal Imaging Technologies - have made the experience at Austin Straubel International Airport better for flyers, airlines and security providers.

Savannah/Hilton Head Builds $35 Million Parking Garage

It's not often that a parking garage inspires people to linger and enjoy the views, but it happens all the time at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) in Georgia.

Self-Docking Saves Millions, Reduces Gate Delays at DFW

Officials at Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport (DFW) have taken a proactive approach to combating delays for aircraft waiting to dock in inclement weather or when ramp staff is unavailable. In doing so, they are also reducing aircraft emissions, providing better customer service and saving the airport's largest carrier an estimated $14.5 million per year.

Alternative Fuel Shuttles at MKE Are Good for the Environment & the Bottom Line

The largest airport in Wisconsin, Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE), is in the process of converting its shuttles for staff and passengers from diesel-powered Ford cutaways to a similar fleet of compressed natural gas-powered buses.

Common Use Technology Trumps Physical Expansion at Fresno

Traffic at Fresno Yosemite International (FAT) in California has been growing by leaps and bounds, says the airport's aviation director Russ Widmar. In the last five years, passenger totals grew from less than 1 million to roughly 1.4 million.

BOS Security Measures Feed Concessions Success

BOS has taken advantage of newfound usable space and added 17,000 square feet to its Terminal B concessions program over and above the security system components. The build-out has more than doubled the retail and food/beverage space used in the American Airlines terminal to more than 30,000 square feet.

JetBlue Battles Site Challenges During Construction of New Terminal

JetBlue Airways Terminal 5 will be an oasis at John F. Kennedy International Airport when it opens in October. Construction of the $743 million terminal, however, has been an ongoing battle with a natural oasis six feet below the building site.

New Terminal Will Be a Welcome Change at Palomar Airport

The clock is ticking on construction at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, CA. In order to satisfy the terms of a $10 million bond agreement, the airport's new terminal must be ready for use in December. Everything, however, seems to be proceeding on schedule.

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