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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.

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.

Albert Ellis Leverages GPS Technology for Runway Rehab

The need for a new drainage pipe at Albert J. Ellis Airport (OAJ), not only expanded the scope of the routine runway rehab, it also inspired a change of strategy.

San Luis Obispo Opts for Engineered Material Arresting System

During a time when air carriers are cutting service, a recently completed runway project at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport is helping keep commercial flights at the California airport.

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.

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ACC: Rethinking Airport Resiliency in the Aftermath of COVID-19

Rethinking Airport Resiliency in the Aftermath of COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, airports and their stakeholders are managing disruption unlike any previously experienced in the modern world. With an unprecedented decrease in aircraft and passenger traffic, growing economic stress, and further uncertainty ahead, airports require resilient financial and operational planning to ride out COVID-19 and to plan for the post-pandemic future.

Survival for airports requires re-prioritizing previously identified plans, exploring new ways to operate and fund airport operations, and learning from past experiences to improve an airport’s ability to succeed in the future. This guidance provides direction for airport operators and consultants, including planners and emergency management staff, on how airports can enhance resilience to weather the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for future disruptions ahead.

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Albert Ellis Leverages GPS Technology for Runway Rehab

The need for a new drainage pipe at Albert J. Ellis Airport (OAJ), not only expanded the scope of the routine runway rehab, it also inspired a change of strategy.

San Luis Obispo Opts for Engineered Material Arresting System

During a time when air carriers are cutting service, a recently completed runway project at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport is helping keep commercial flights at the California airport.

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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