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Vancouver Int’l Expands Int’l Pier to Accommodate More Passengers
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) opened its Pier D expansion in June 2022, adding eight new international wide-body departure gates. From a practical standpoint, the project was Vancouver Airport Authority’s way of keeping pace with growth in international traffic.
Ford Int’l Builds New Airport Operations Center
Creating a better workspace was the driving force in early 2020 when executives at Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) committed to building a new operations center.
Long-Awaited Rail Extension Is Just the Ticket to Spur Growth at Washington Dulles
Nearly 60 years and billions of dollars in the making, the Silver Line Extension opened Nov. 15, 2022, connecting customers to six new stations, including one at Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport (IAD).
Deeper Partnerships Yield Additional Advertising Revenue at Ontario Int’l
The Ontario International Airport Authority Board approved an agreement with Fuse Advancement LLC to collaborate with airport staff on a new advertising and sponsorship sales model. The new partnership, which began in 2021, emphasizes continual growth by building on joint relationships.
Charlotte-Douglas Int’l Begins $3.1 Billion Expansion Amid More Passenger Growth
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is in the early stages of a long-term capacity enhancement program to address three decades of growth and prepare for the future.
Canyonlands Regional Upgrades its Parking Payment/Collections System
Canyonlands Regional Airport (CNY) made the move from an archaic, manual strategy for collecting parking payments to a modern pay-by-phone system last spring.
New Taxiway at Myrtle Beach Int’l Improves Airfield Safety, Frees Space for Terminal Expansion
Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) got three wins from one project when it completed a $60 million taxiway reconstruction in 2021. Taxiway A, which ran parallel to MYR’s sole runway and served its commercial terminal, was one of the few remaining vestiges of a former military base.
Miami Int’l Serves as TSA Test Site for Technologies to Help Detect Drones
Miami Int’l Airport (MIA) ranks among the busiest airports in the world, with about 43,000 takeoffs and landings a month. Naturally, the bustling airport makes safety a top priority. But unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) using drones present a growing safety risk.
New Control Tower Sparks Growth at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, Opens Pathway for Other Airports With Contract Towers
The recent addition of an upgraded air traffic control tower has given Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) an inside track to welcoming more passengers while supporting a surge in aviation-related commercial development. Last August, AZA activated its John S.
Expansion, Renovations at Orlando Sanford Int’l Eliminate Pain Points, Streamline Operations
A comprehensive $60 million makeover at Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) has streamlined operations and made travel easier for passengers.
Nueces County Airport Installs New Fuel Tanks and Dispensing Station
Nueces County Airport (RBO), is a small general aviation airport located in Robstown, TX - about 30 miles west of Corpus Christi and the Gulf of Mexico. RBO doesn’t have to deal with snow or ice. However, occasional hurricanes and tropical storms coming off the Gulf do pose a real threat.
Runway Project? What Runway Project? - Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
Transitions uses abstract representations of checkered racing flags and other local icons to obscure the view of reconstruction work occurring on Runway 5R-23L.
Portland Int’l Taps Local, Renewable Resource for Seismically Resilient Wooden Roof
The new 9-acre structure will help double the square footage inside the terminal and includes 2.5 million board feet of Douglas fir lumber, with curves supported by glulam (glue-laminated) beams.

Miami Int'l Creates Universal Signage for International Travelers

Miami is a melting pot of cultures, with residents claiming more than 20 different nationalities and speaking even more languages. But that pales in comparison to the vast influx of visitors from foreign countries served at its main airport. Miami International Airport (MIA) ranks third in the nation for international traffic, with 16 million total passengers annually.

BWI Marshall Upgrades its Friction Testing Technology

A recent Federal Aviation Administration initiative set the wheels in motion for Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to improve its friction testing technology.

3-D Modeling Prevents Construction Conflicts at Orlando Int'l

When Orlando International Airport recently converted office space into baggage handling space, the judicious use of technology saved time and money during the changeover.

American Eagle Uses Wireless Technology to Manage DFW Ground Fleet

American Eagle Airlines is tightening control of its ground support equipment at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) with the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) and other wireless technologies - a first at any U.S. airport, according to the system's manufacturer.

Biometrics Add a Unique Layer of Security to Access Control

Once merely a fictional prop for sci-fi shows and spy movies, biometric devices that authenticate employees by their fingerprints or hand geometry are standard equipment at some U.S. airports.

Computerized System Helps McCarran Track Underground Utilities

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport has grown considerably as it struggled to keep up with a skyrocketing tourist trade and the city's ever-growing population.

LaGuardia Addresses Unique Rubber Removal Needs

Roughly five times per year, crews work from midnight to 5 a.m. removing rubber deposits from the two main runways at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York.

American Creates New Model for JFK Fueling Systems

American Airlines unveiled its new $1.3 billion Terminal 8 at New York City's JFK International Airport last year with little mention of the new, state-of-the-art fueling system it completed at the same time.

New Connector Opens Concessions Opportunities at Philly Int'l

Borrowing from its own playbook, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is developing concessions for Terminals D and E using a scaled-down version of the strategy it used in the Terminal B/C Connector a decade ago.

ATL Proves It's Never Too Late to Go Green

A lot has changed since the terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) was built in late 1970s. Sustainable design wasn't yet a hot topic among architects, and green building standards were decades from being established.

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3-D Modeling Prevents Construction Conflicts at Orlando Int'l

When Orlando International Airport recently converted office space into baggage handling space, the judicious use of technology saved time and money during the changeover.

American Eagle Uses Wireless Technology to Manage DFW Ground Fleet

American Eagle Airlines is tightening control of its ground support equipment at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) with the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) and other wireless technologies - a first at any U.S. airport, according to the system's manufacturer.

Biometrics Add a Unique Layer of Security to Access Control

Once merely a fictional prop for sci-fi shows and spy movies, biometric devices that authenticate employees by their fingerprints or hand geometry are standard equipment at some U.S. airports.

Computerized System Helps McCarran Track Underground Utilities

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport has grown considerably as it struggled to keep up with a skyrocketing tourist trade and the city's ever-growing population.

LaGuardia Addresses Unique Rubber Removal Needs

Roughly five times per year, crews work from midnight to 5 a.m. removing rubber deposits from the two main runways at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York.

American Creates New Model for JFK Fueling Systems

American Airlines unveiled its new $1.3 billion Terminal 8 at New York City's JFK International Airport last year with little mention of the new, state-of-the-art fueling system it completed at the same time.

New Connector Opens Concessions Opportunities at Philly Int'l

Borrowing from its own playbook, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is developing concessions for Terminals D and E using a scaled-down version of the strategy it used in the Terminal B/C Connector a decade ago.

ATL Proves It's Never Too Late to Go Green

A lot has changed since the terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) was built in late 1970s. Sustainable design wasn't yet a hot topic among architects, and green building standards were decades from being established.

Happy Anniversary

No airport's project work is ever complete (and I'm not talking about change orders here). Fluctuating passenger numbers and obsolescence dictate this. And fortunately, people are never tapped out of good ideas either. These truths were instrumental in the creation of Airport Improvement magazine.

Congestion is a Thing of the Future - Again

Our short-term 2009 outlook includes high single-digit enplanement declines similar to what most airports experienced in 2008. Uncertainty remains, however, as both carrier supply and passenger demand are tied to economic and financial market conditions that remain in transition...

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