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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.

JFK Tests Artificial Turf for Countering Erosion, FOD

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) recently installed tens of thousands of square feet of carpet. But instead of cushioning the soles of flyers' feet, the new synthetic fiber covers and protects its airfield.

Software Helps Asheville Regional Track Project Funding and Payments

Managing the many components of capital projects is a task airports work through daily. Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) in North Carolina is using a new software application to streamline and simplify the tracking of one key aspect - funding.

Style and Function Equally Important at First Aviation's New Complex

First Aviation's former facility wasn't really an ugly duckling, but its new $63 million complex easily qualifies as a beautiful swan. Stretching the length of three football fields along the south side of Teterboro Airport, its multi-story glass-front terminal punctuates the New Jersey horizon.

Rx for Ground Congestion at LAX

If the entire city of Santa Fe, NM, drove to the Los Angeles International Airport on the same day, it would be business as usual for landside operations. The airport averages about 71,400* vehicles per day - roughly 26 million last year.

GSC Replaces 10,000-Foot Runway in 59½ Days at Atlanta Hartsfield

The schedule of "liquidated damages" was particularly steep when Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) replaced one of its five major runways: $500 per minute for any delays to the re-opening.

That New York State of Mind...& Shopping

At 7,000 square feet, the Hudson Group's shops in Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport were already the company's largest contiguous retail space. Hudson, however, wanted them to be its design-leaders as well. So the company completely renovated them - even though the stores were barely three years old.

Mother Nature is Silent Design Partner at Richardson International

Although environmentally conscious building practices are not the norm in the airport industry, they're a top priority at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

New Tennessee Air National Guard Base Includes Super-Size Hangars

The largest Air National Guard project in history is all but complete at Memphis International Airport. And the scope is staggering.

Siemens Helps Solve Taxiway Lighting Challenge at O'Hare

When a light goes out at home, a quick bulb change usually fixes the problem. On an airfield, it's rarely that simple. At O'Hare International Airport, it's even more challenging.

Dulles Concourse Gains 15 Gates

The third expansion of Concourse B has proved to be a charm for Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

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New Tennessee Air National Guard Base Includes Super-Size Hangars

The largest Air National Guard project in history is all but complete at Memphis International Airport. And the scope is staggering.

Siemens Helps Solve Taxiway Lighting Challenge at O'Hare

When a light goes out at home, a quick bulb change usually fixes the problem. On an airfield, it's rarely that simple. At O'Hare International Airport, it's even more challenging.

Dulles Concourse Gains 15 Gates

The third expansion of Concourse B has proved to be a charm for Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Denver Keeps Lines in Check with TQM

Under a five-year contract with Denver International Airport, Hospital Shared Services, Inc. serves as the main point of contact for all processes and logistics related to queue management under the Total Queue Management program.

El Paso International Computerizes Airfield Operations Tracking

The management at El Paso (TX) International Airport turned to Eagle Integrated Solutions for a system to track airfield inspection and repair as well as vehicle fleet safety and control.

First U.S. Crystal Bridges Installed at Killeen-Fort Hood Regional

The Killeen-Fort Hood (TX) Regional Airport is trying to do something about the lack of whimsy and romance in air travel these days.

JFK Fixes Gate Shortage with Hardstands

Topping the list of capacity-constrained airports in the United States, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) often lacks gate availability to meet the demand of its passenger aircraft flight schedules. So what is a solution-seeking airport operator to do?

Marana Regional Adds New Apron for Golf Tournament

When a professional golf tournament rolls into town, it brings plenty of big iron with it. That's why Marana (AZ) Regional Airport quickly adjusted its master plan to accommodate the 2007 Accenture Match Play World Golf Championship.

Philadelphia International Toasts New Wine Bar

Passengers at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) have several new flight options, but they have nothing to do with air service. They're wine flights, groupings of two or three wines poured in sample-size tasting portions. Patrons can "catch" these flights at Vino Volo, a wine tasting bar and restaurant that opened in late May at PHL's connector between Concourses B and C.

Gulfport-Biloxi Thrives in Wake of Hurricane Katrina

Building a new terminal is tough under the best of circumstances; throw in a hurricane of historic proportions, and it becomes a true test of fortitude.

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