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New Satellite Concourse Provides Efficient Gate Expansion at Nashville Int’l
To accommodate increased passenger demand, Nashville International Airport® (BNA®) recently constructed a standalone Satellite Concourse adjacent to its main terminal. The 89,000-square-foot structure opened in October 2023 and now houses operations primarily for Allegiant Air and Spirit Airlines.
Dallas Fort Worth Int’l Bolsters Employee Security Screening Program
Efficiency and efficacy are the watchwords for employee security screening at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).
Denver Int’l Completes State-of-the-Art West Security Checkpoint
In the last two decades, passenger volume has nearly doubled at DEN, and security technology has changed considerably. As part of the airport’s Great Hall Program, a $2.1 billion capital improvement project, all checkpoints are moving up a level—both physically and technologically.
Harry Reid Int’l Tests Self-Service Checkpoint
For 23 years, TSA has screened passengers and their belongings at U.S. airports to help keep air travel safe. The traffic is staggering, with an average 2.5 million people passing through checkpoints at more than 430 airports each day, and even more during holidays and other surges.
Safety Management Systems: Lessons from the Airline Sector
Nearly a decade ago, the FAA Safety Organization issued a final rule requiring Part 121 certificated operators—scheduled commercial airlines—to implement Safety Management Plans. The goal was to help carriers detect and correct safety risks before they become hazards.
Historic Wildfires Prompt Kelowna Int’l to Move Commercial Flights From Day to Night
With wildfires raging throughout British Columbia last summer, two things kept Kelowna International Airport (YLW) ahead of the game: good working relationships with the provincial and national governments, and partners such as Nav Canada.
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Completes Five-Gate Addition
With an eye on growth and a heightened commitment to passenger comfort, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) unveiled a 30,000-square-foot terminal expansion in mid-February.
New ARFF Facility Boosts Efficiency, Paves Way for New Terminal at Monterey Regional
A new $9.9 million aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) station is enhancing operational efficiency at Monterey Regional Airport (MRY), as well as providing a more comfortable environment for the personnel that call it home for days at a time.
Punta Gorda Closes Runway, Powers Through Rebuild Project
File it under “good things come to those who wait.” The roughly year-long reconstruction and rehabilitation of the primary runway at Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) was a welcome improvement that took patience, planning and lots of enabling projects.
Moving Walkways Replace Decades-Old Monorail at Tampa Int’l
Guests at Tampa International Airport (TPA) can now use a series of moving walkways to quickly travel through the long-term parking garage to the adjacent main terminal, and vice versa.
New Outdoor Deck Relieves Passenger Congestion at Charlottetown Airport
While some airports have struggled to recover passenger traffic lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, the opposite is true at Charlottetown Airport (YYG) on Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada. In 2023, the airport recorded 402,686 passengers—an increase of more than 18% from 2022.
Southwest Hangar Complex at Gulf Shores Int’l is Full
If Gulf Shores International Airport (JKA) were a hotel, management could hang up a “No Vacancy” sign regarding its available hangar space. Airport Director Justin Fletcher proudly reports that all 13 sites of JKA’s Southwest Corporate Hangar Complex are filled.
Hawaii Provides State-Owned Airports with Online Platform for Environmental Systems Management
Recognizing the need for robust environmental systems management, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airports Division provides a cloud-based, no-code system for its 15 state-owned and state-operated airports.
Art Without Borders - San Diego International Airport (SAN)
San Diego International Airport (SAN) is celebrating that longtime binational bond with a temporary art exhibit titled Espacios & Lines.
Terminal Modernization at Boston Logan Has Passengers and Locals Seeing Red, But in a Good Way
Nearly 250 years after Paul Revere rode out of Boston warning of a pending advance by British Redcoats, a shimmering red coat of paint warmly welcomes international visitors to the modern airport in his colonial hometown.

Lights, Camera, Airports

It's hard to watch Up in the Air without playing "name that airport" (or frequent flier lounge or airfield). But even for industry insiders, it's tough to tell what's real and what's the architectural equivalent of a body double.
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Filming of Up in the Air

Vancouver Int'l Relishes Role as Official Olympics Airport Supplier

It's often said that the first and last impressions of a city are made at the airport. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is especially cognizant of its unique opportunity to have a lasting, positive effect on travelers as the world's entryway to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Salina Municipal Opts for Preformed Thermoplastic Taxiway Markings

Located smack dab in the middle of the continental United States, Salina Municipal Airport (SLN) is commonly known as America's Fuel Stop. Each year, the relatively small Kansas airport delivers nearly 4 million gallons of fuel to more than 7,000 business jets and 3,000 governmental and military aircraft. All those mid-continent fuel stops and the constantly changing local climate put SLN's pavement markings through an "extreme amount of wear and tear," explains Timothy Rogers, A.A.E., executive director of the Salina Airport Authority.

Airports Across the Nation Make Passenger Screening a Private Matter

From removing shoes and belts for metal detectors to privacy concerns about full-body scans, some airline passengers feel like they receive a virtual shakedown at airport security. Add understaffed checkpoints, overworked screeners and equipment glitches to the mix, and passenger screening quickly becomes a recipe for disaster. As customer complaints skyrocket, so does the risk of dangerous mistakes.

New Terminal Opens the Door to Economic Growth in Winter Haven

Passengers flying into Winter Haven Municipal Airport (KGIF) receive an especially warm welcome these days - and a surprise if it's been awhile since they visited. The new and dramatically larger 13,362-square-foot terminal building completed in 2008 could make people think they've landed in another city.

The Yin and Yang of Airport Security

With terrorists constantly changing their tactics, the need to continually update screening technology, procedures and systems seems obvious. But how we change them makes all the difference in the world. It can make everyone safer or devastate our entire airport system.

Detroit Metro Builds $3.9 million Training Center

Police at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) sprang into action when the infamous "underwear bomber" unsuccessfully attempted to bring down a Christmas day flight en route from Amsterdam. Two days later, DTW police were back in full crisis response mode when a passenger aboard the same Amsterdam flight locked himself in bathroom and prompted another emergency landing. These are events which make the recent construction of a $3.9 million public safety training center seem proactive and full of foresight.

Toronto Pearson Resolves People Mover Problem

It was a combination third anniversary and grand re-opening when trains began rolling at Toronto Pearson International Airport last July. LINK, the airport's automated people mover that debuted in July 2006, had been closed for three months while crews performed C$4 million of repairs on trains and guideways that originally cost C$56 million.

Sharing Knowledge

Baggage systems are a key operating component of any airport and shouldn't be an afterthought. They should receive the same attention as runways, control towers and/or any other critical function that is at the heartbeat of an airport.

Atlanta, TSA Co-op to Increase Security, Decrease Claims with CCTV

As the nation's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) also ranks among the top 10 airports in the nation for claims filed with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). But ATL and TSA have joined forces to curb this unwanted status.

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Salina Municipal Opts for Preformed Thermoplastic Taxiway Markings

Located smack dab in the middle of the continental United States, Salina Municipal Airport (SLN) is commonly known as America's Fuel Stop. Each year, the relatively small Kansas airport delivers nearly 4 million gallons of fuel to more than 7,000 business jets and 3,000 governmental and military aircraft. All those mid-continent fuel stops and the constantly changing local climate put SLN's pavement markings through an "extreme amount of wear and tear," explains Timothy Rogers, A.A.E., executive director of the Salina Airport Authority.

Airports Across the Nation Make Passenger Screening a Private Matter

From removing shoes and belts for metal detectors to privacy concerns about full-body scans, some airline passengers feel like they receive a virtual shakedown at airport security. Add understaffed checkpoints, overworked screeners and equipment glitches to the mix, and passenger screening quickly becomes a recipe for disaster. As customer complaints skyrocket, so does the risk of dangerous mistakes.

New Terminal Opens the Door to Economic Growth in Winter Haven

Passengers flying into Winter Haven Municipal Airport (KGIF) receive an especially warm welcome these days - and a surprise if it's been awhile since they visited. The new and dramatically larger 13,362-square-foot terminal building completed in 2008 could make people think they've landed in another city.

The Yin and Yang of Airport Security

With terrorists constantly changing their tactics, the need to continually update screening technology, procedures and systems seems obvious. But how we change them makes all the difference in the world. It can make everyone safer or devastate our entire airport system.

Detroit Metro Builds $3.9 million Training Center

Police at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) sprang into action when the infamous "underwear bomber" unsuccessfully attempted to bring down a Christmas day flight en route from Amsterdam. Two days later, DTW police were back in full crisis response mode when a passenger aboard the same Amsterdam flight locked himself in bathroom and prompted another emergency landing. These are events which make the recent construction of a $3.9 million public safety training center seem proactive and full of foresight.

Toronto Pearson Resolves People Mover Problem

It was a combination third anniversary and grand re-opening when trains began rolling at Toronto Pearson International Airport last July. LINK, the airport's automated people mover that debuted in July 2006, had been closed for three months while crews performed C$4 million of repairs on trains and guideways that originally cost C$56 million.

Sharing Knowledge

Baggage systems are a key operating component of any airport and shouldn't be an afterthought. They should receive the same attention as runways, control towers and/or any other critical function that is at the heartbeat of an airport.

Atlanta, TSA Co-op to Increase Security, Decrease Claims with CCTV

As the nation's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) also ranks among the top 10 airports in the nation for claims filed with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). But ATL and TSA have joined forces to curb this unwanted status.

Airports Share Healthy Habits - & Fewer Viruses - With Travelers

Concerns about the health and safety of employees, tenants and the traveling public have prompted action at airports worldwide.

Wheeler Airport Builds New Hangars to Meet Private Aircraft Demand

The Kansas City Aviation Department faced quite a conundrum a few years ago - what to do about its general aviation facility, Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport.

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