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Detroit Metro Installs New Recycling Bins to Boost Use
Travelers have their minds on many things, but separating their trash and recyclables is not always among them. To get more customers participating in its recycling program, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is trying to make the process almost automatic.
Runway Rebuild at St. George Regional Requires Airport Closure & Massive Excavation
The newly rebuilt runway at St. George Regional Airport (SGU) doesn’t look at all unusual. But its routine appearance belies what’s hidden below: a clever feat of engineering and earthwork designed to stop the pavement heaving that doomed the original runway.
Elmira Corning Regional Expands Terminal, Adds Calming Courtyards
Approaching the TSA checkpoint at the recently renovated Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) is now like a walk in the woods. Travelers pass through a gently curving corridor with floor-to-ceiling glass walls that showcase courtyards filled with greenery.
Miami Int’l Manages Increasing Bag Volume with New High-Tech Screening System
With unprecedented growth of 1 million annual passengers, Miami International Airport (MIA) hit a record 45 million passengers in 2018. Moreover, 2019 appears to be on the same track.
Bozeman Yellowstone Int’l Builds Rental Car Garage to Meet Growing Tourist Demand
Winter is a busy time at Bozeman Yellowstone International (BZN). Parka-clad passengers from around the world fly into the southwestern Montana airport with snowboards, skis and other outdoor gear to enjoy the rugged Rocky Mountain region.
Fort Lauderdale Int’l Makes the Most of 120-day Runway Closure
Last summer was all about opportunity for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in Florida. Its primary runway, 10L-28R, needed to close for 120 days while crews performed a complete rehabilitation; so management took the opportunity to improve several other airfield assets as well.
An Inside Look at How Colorado Supports it’s Airports
Successful airports tend to operate at peak efficiency when they partner well with the state agency that supports them. This is especially true in Colorado, where the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Division of Aeronautics offers several programs to help member airports prosper.
Charlotte Douglas Int’l Improves Wayfinding to Enhance the Travel Experience
Frequent flyers take great pride in their ability to overcome travel hurdles. They have finely honed strategies for moving efficiently through security, managing tight connections and scrambling to book other flights when theirs are delayed or canceled. It’s almost a science.
Austin-Bergstrom Int’l Adds 9 Gates & More Local Vibes
In a construction trailer at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), Gensler Senior Associate Vineta Clegg’s desk area is strewn with birthday decorations. Across the office, the desk of a colleague is also festooned, even months after the event. Snacks and photos of children abound.
Common-Use Lounge at Pittsburgh Int’l Expands to Keep Pace With Passenger Needs
An updated common-use lounge at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is now even better equipped to offer first-class treatment to more passengers. In June, The Club at Pittsburgh International doubled in size and gained 60% more seating capacity.
Louisville Regional Airport Authority Survives Cyberattack Unscathed
Last spring, David Prince was enjoying a Sunday afternoon barbecue with his family when he received a troubling phone call from work. Employees at Louisville Regional Airport Authority were suddenly unable to open shared files.
San Jose Int’l Adds Temporary Gates to Meet Unprecedented
In 2010, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) opened its brand-new Terminal B. Silicon Valley had survived the dot-com crash, and the greater Bay Area was just starting to come out of the 2008 Great Recession.
Phoenix Sky Harbor Saves Water & Money by Switching to Native Landscaping
Over the last two years, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) has transformed its lush green landscape into an eye-catching desert environment that requires less water and reflects the region’s natural beauty.
Reagan National Prepares New Concessions Program for New Concourse
With structural steel still being erected for the $1 billion terminal expansion/renovation at Reagan National Airport (DCA), a new concessions lineup is already in the works. Ten concessionaires are being selected this fall for the new facility that is scheduled to open in 2021.

New Runway at Key West Int’l Required Creative Project Plan

Key West may be a small town of only 25,000 residents, but it’s a thriving tourist spot that’s growing in popularity. As a result, passenger traffic at Key West International Airport (EYW) is also projected to rise—to the tune of 2.4% per year for the next 20 years. Airport executives estimate that 750,000 travelers will pass through their island facility by the end of 2018.

Dallas Love Field Adds New Noise Monitoring Technology

The central location of Dallas Love Field (DAL)—just seven miles northwest of the downtown business district—is a double-edged sword. While ultra-convenient for travelers, the airport is surrounded on nearly all sides by residential developments, which presents myriad challenges when it comes to “keeping the peace.”

Rare Blizzard Underscores Importance of Teamwork, Planning for the Unexpected at Charleston Int’l

Even during the most bitter winters, the Southern port city of Charleston, SC, seldom experiences a deep freeze. But last winter proved to be a major exception. Winter Storm Grayson shocked residents and effectively closed the airfield shared by Charleston International Airport (CHS) and Boeing SC at U.S. Air Force Joint Base Charleston from Jan. 3 to 7.

Tulsa Int’l Leverages Technology to Maintain Airfield Markings

Roger Moats, airfield maintenance manager at Tulsa International Airport (TUL), understands that flight safety begins and ends on the ground. It’s why he regularly emphasizes to his crew the importance of their work.

Vancouver Int’l & Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field Share Tips for Managing Wildlife

Like oil and water, wildlife and aircraft just don’t mix. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that civilian aircraft suffered 13,000 wildlife strikes at 662 U.S. airports in 2016 alone. While many incidents are minor, some have devastating consequences. Between 1990 and 2016, wildlife strikes resulted in 262 human fatalities at U.S. airports, and 247 civil aircraft were destroyed or damaged beyond repair.

New Main Runway at Reynolds Field Improves Safety & Primes Pump for Revenue Growth

Officials at Jackson County Airport/Reynolds Field (JXN) in Michigan are pleased with the results of a $49 million runway project completed last fall, because they see it improving operational safety, creating new opportunities to generate more revenue and bolstering the airport’s position as a local driver of economic growth.

Reflections

October
2018
In late August after the AMAC Annual Conference in Seattle, my wife and I decided to explore the beautiful Northwest by visiting nearby Victoria, BC, on Vancouver Island. It’s quite impressive!

What Makes a Great Website?

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP)
These days, the internet is the first place many passengers check when looking for information about parking, concessions and other ground-based details regarding air travel. Good or bad, an airport’s website acts as its face and leaves an impression on customers.

Sea-Tac Int’l Partners With AMAC to Support Diversity Measures

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
From Aug. 21-25, 2018, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) will serve as the official host for the annual Airport Business Diversity Conference, the flagship event of the Airport Minority Diversity Council (AMAC). Airport officials are pleased with the strong registration numbers—and the opportunity to advance SEA’s long-standing goals of providing more opportunities to women, minorities, veterans and small-business owners.

Flagler Executive Relocates & Extends Primary Runway

Flagler Executive Airport (FIN)
Flagler Executive Airport (FIN) in Palm Coast, FL, recently completed a $12.2 million project to relocate and extend its main runway. In doing so, management remedied several safety issues in one comprehensive construction program.

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Louisville Regional Airport Authority Survives Cyberattack Unscathed

Louisville Regional Airport Authority Survives Cyberattack Unscathed
Last spring, David Prince was enjoying a Sunday afternoon barbecue with his family when he received a troubling phone call from work. Employees at Louisville Regional Airport Authority were suddenly unable to open shared files.

San Jose Int’l Adds Temporary Gates to Meet Unprecedented Traffic Demand

San Jose Int’l Adds Temporary Gates to Meet Unprecedented
In 2010, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) opened its brand-new Terminal B. Silicon Valley had survived the dot-com crash, and the greater Bay Area was just starting to come out of the 2008 Great Recession. Established giants like Google and Apple were rebooting, and new high-tech companies were growing like wildflowers. In short, the local business community was thriving and ready for SJC to expand.

Phoenix Sky Harbor Saves Water & Money by Switching to Native Landscaping

Phoenix Sky Harbor Saves Water & Money by Switching to Native Landscaping
Over the last two years, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) has transformed its lush green landscape into an eye-catching desert environment that requires less water and reflects the region’s natural beauty. The move from grass and deciduous shrubs to rocks and native flora is expected to reduce the Arizona airport’s annual water usage by 5.375 million gallons and save about $425,000 per year.

Reagan National Prepares New Concessions Program for New Concourse

Reagan National Prepares New Concessions Program for New Concourse
With structural steel still being erected for the $1 billion terminal expansion/renovation at Reagan National Airport (DCA), a new concessions lineup is already in the works. Ten concessionaires are being selected this fall for the new facility that is scheduled to open in 2021.

Vancouver Int’l Coordinates Communication System With 9-1-1 Service

Vancouver Int’l Coordinates Communication System With 9-1-1 Service
Vili Antic, technical analyst at Vancouver International (YVR), sleeps well at night knowing that a cutting-edge public safety and communications system is in place at the British Columbia airport. The system helps coordinate emergency response from ambulance service, firefighters and police officers, and it receives ongoing updates to add coverage and capacity.

Portland Int’l Reduces Food Court Waste With Reusable Dishes

Portland Int’l Reduces Food Court Waste With Reusable Dishes
The Green Plate Program, introduced just a few months ago at Portland International (PDX) in Oregon, gives customers at its main pre-security food court the choice of having their food prepared “for here” or “to go.” Meals ordered “for here” are presented on melamine dishes, with drinking glasses and metal silverware that are washed and used again. Customers who want their orders “to go” receive them in disposable paper and plastic containers, with plastic silverware.

Sea-Tac Int’l & Alaska Airlines Partner to Expand & Modernize North Satellite

Sea-Tac Int’l & Alaska Airlines Partner to Expand & Modernize North Satellite
When Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) built its terminal and two satellites in the late 1960s and early ’70s, officials hailed the new facility as the “Jet Port of the Future.” But that was decades ago. In 2013, SEA launched the North Satellite Modernization program to update its outdated, nearly 50-year-old concourse and address seismic issues that emerged after an earthquake in 2001.

Punta Gorda Airport Takes Holistic Approach to Development

Punta Gorda Airport Takes Holistic Approach to Development
Commercial growth, safe aircraft operations and environmental sensitivity go hand-in-hand at Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Toward that end, the airport’s 2018 master plan update dovetails with its wildlife hazard management program. A big part of the equation is environmental stewardship and managing wildlife hazards to enhance airfield safety.

Columbus Int’l Installs System to Tighten Accountability & Efficiency of Ground Transportation Providers

Columbus Int’l Installs System to Tighten Accountability & Efficiency of Ground Transportation Providers
A new $1 million ground transportation management system is dramatically reducing paperwork and helping John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) more accurately account for fees paid by ride-share services and commercial operators that pick up and drop off passengers at the terminal. At the same time, the Ohio airport is enjoying more efficient and orderly taxi dispatching from the holding lot, which minimizes wait times for airport guests.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Delivers Emergency Response Training to Entire Workforce

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Delivers Emergency Response Training to Entire Workforce
One year after a man went on a shooting rampage near the baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), the Broward County Commission passed an ordinance requiring all aviation employees to receive emergency response training. Before the 2018 resolution, airport workers received security training, but many tenant employees did not.

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