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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.

Airports Caught in Crossfire of War Between Taxis & Ride-Share Networks

Ride-share services entered the transportation marketplace with barely an introduction, other than superlative promises to potential customers and drivers about revolutionizing the way people get around town. Passengers began using Uber's smartphone app in 2009 to connect with individual drivers willing to use their own cars to give strangers a lift, and buzz about the new concept spiked. When word spread about bargain prices, similar ventures such as Lyft and SideCar soon followed.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l Encourages Travelers to Sit Down & Power Up

Authorities at Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l Airport (MSP) understand that little things can have a big impact on passengers' overall travel experience. That's why they recently invested $1 million to update seating throughout Terminal 1 and plan to follow up with another wave of similar improvements later this year.

Love Field Thinks Outside the Baggage Box With Temporary Bag Claim

A new baggage handling system designed to accommodate an expected traffic bump at Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL) is a key component of the airport's $500+ million modernization program slated for completion in October.

A Shared Cause

These are heady days in aviation. Industry conditions remind me of 2000 and early 2001, when new passenger records were being set every month. Thank goodness business is good once again. Airlines are reporting jaw-dropping profits (must be a lot of checked baggage), recent statistics from Airports Council International show year-to-date increases that we haven't seen in awhile, and advertisers have made this issue of Airport Improvement our largest ever.

Using Community Involvement to Grow Air Service

It's a rare airport these days that hasn't been hit with capacity cuts from the airlines. At Tucson International Airport (TUS), our seat capacity was down 12.9% at the end of 2013 from its peak in 2008 - slightly better than the average for medium- and small-sized airports in the United States.


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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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