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New Terminal Significantly Increases Capacity, Flexibility at Brownsville South Padre Island Int’l
The new terminal, set to open in January 2021, is 91,000 square feet, with four gates that can accommodate four narrow-body aircraft simultaneously. The entry hall features an expansive 45-foot glass wall that bathes check-in, baggage claim and a meet-and-greet area in natural sunlight.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Updates Signs for Motorists
New signage is making it easier for drivers to navigate Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL). A comprehensive project substantially completed in December replaced aging signs with brighter, easier-to-read LED displays.
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Leverages Innovation
Stroll through Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) and you might encounter a machine without an operator scrubbing the floors, a small cargo pod dutifully rolling behind an employee as if by magic, and any number of other tech-forward devices hard at work.
DeWitt Spain Airport Applies Sealcoat to Preserve New Runway Asphalt
A recent runway resurfacing project at General DeWitt Spain Airport (M01) is proving that sealcoats are not just for maintenance anymore.
Virtual Ramp Control System in the Works at Orlando Int’l
When Orlando International Airport (MCO) opens its new South Terminal Complex in early 2022, the facility’s gleaming glass façade, airy environs and high-tech features will no doubt impress passengers.
New Concourse at Nashville Int’l Updates City’s Front Door, Facilitates More Expansion & Renovations
The new Concourse D at Nashville International Airport (BNA®) didn’t just add gate capacity and new customer amenities. It is also facilitating future expansion to help the Tennessee airport cope with years of explosive growth in passenger volume.
Hollywood Burbank Airport Recoups Valuable Parking Revenue with Pre-Booking Engine
An online reservation system for parking, introduced at Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) back in July 2019, is earning its keep amid industrywide traffic declines.
Grant County Int’l Flattens Hump in Runway
Airports throughout the world face many of the same challenges, but Grant County International (MWH) in Moses Lake, WA, recently tackled an unusual airfield issue. It leveled a gradual, but pronounced, hump in the middle of its main runway.
San Diego Int’l Captures Stormwater Runoff for Reuse at Rental Car Center
San Diego International Airport (SAN) recently raised its lofty sustainability bar a few notches higher by adding a new, award-winning element to its stormwater management system.
Murfreesboro Municipal Modernizes With New Terminal
Murfreesboro Municipal Airport (MBT) recently opened a new $4.5 million terminal to welcome visitors to one of the Top 10 fastest-growing communities in the U.S.
Enabling Projects Pave the Way for Extensive Landside Improvements at Los Angeles Int’l
Airport projects generally fall into two groups: “sexy” projects, such as new terminals or faster baggage handling systems, and enabling projects that are important but far less tangible for passengers and guests.
Airports of All Sizes Are Championing Diversity
Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) presented its inaugural Watkins Guardian Award to Smith for promoting the growth and evolution of minority- and women-owned businesses and suppliers, while also fostering advancement of civil rights and equal opportunities for all.
Urban Folk Art - Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR)
Why did the chicken cross the road? To admire its pals on a mural at Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids, MI.

Regina Int’l Boosts Concessions Sales With Interim Renovations

Regina Int’l Boosts Concessions Sales With Interim Renovations
Late last year, Regina International Airport (YQR) in Saskatchewan added a glass wall, and concessions sales promptly jumped. Liquor sales doubled, and post-security food receipts increased by more than 50%. By installing the new wall, the Canadian airport shifted the crucial dividing line between its pre- and post-security areas, and increased the volume and variety of food service options for passengers after they clear the screening checkpoint.

Huntsville Int’l Completes Comprehensive Security Upgrade

Huntsville Int’l Completes Comprehensive Security Upgrade
Huntsville International (HSV) didn’t plan for its new security system to go live during one of the greatest periods of unrest the U.S. has seen. But that’s how the project schedule unfolded. The new $9 million integrated security system was commissioned in January, reaffirming the Alabama airport’s commitment to protect the flying public no matter what is going on.

Baggage Handling Takes Center Stage at Salt Lake City Int’l

Baggage Handling Takes Center Stage at Salt Lake City Int’l
When Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) opened the first phase of its $4.1 billion redevelopment project in mid-September, one of the most critical aspects had been commissioned about six months earlier. It was imperative for the new baggage handling system to be ready to serve passengers on day one, and SLC officials report that it came through in spades.

Fitchburg Municipal Courts Bizjets With Longer Runway & 24/7 Fuel

Fitchburg Municipal Courts Bizjets With Longer Runway & 24/7 Fuel
Recognizing its airport’s potential as an economic magnet, the city of Fitchburg, MA, recently built a new runway capable of handling corporate jets. The $14.7 million project was backed and largely financed by the FAA. Fitchburg Municipal Airport (FIT) opened the new 5,001-foot runway in late May. It replaces a 30-year-old, 4,510-foot runway that had large cracks and was disintegrating in spots.

Noise Study at San Diego Int’l Reveals Surprising Results

Noise Study at San Diego Int’l Reveals Surprising Results
Plenty of unknown challenges emerged when COVID-19 turned the industry upside down in a matter of weeks. San Diego International Airport (SAN) also found an opportunity. While air traffic is at record lows due to the global pandemic, the metropolitan airport is analyzing how the noise data it routinely collects correlates with the number of noise complaints from the community. Spoiler alert: The relationship is not what you might expect.

Blizzard of Off-Season Work Keeps Maintenance Crews at Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Plowing Ahead

Blizzard of Off-Season Work Keeps Maintenance Crews at Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Plowing Ahead
The maintenance team at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is well-known for its expertise in snow removal. But after the snow stops flying, crews quickly turn their attention to a myriad of other duties. Much of the off-season work centers on landscape management to help deter wildlife on the airport’s 2,930-acre campus.

San Francisco Int’l Installs New Perimeter Security System

San Francisco Int’l Installs New Perimeter Security System
The location of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is both a blessing and a curse. While the nearby San Francisco Bay provides stunning views for passengers, roughly 10 miles of waterfront perimeter are challenging to monitor and secure. The crucial job is further complicated by notoriously foggy weather that hampers visibility.

Winnipeg Int’l Adds Multiuse Facility to Enhance Cargo Operations

Winnipeg Int’l Adds Multiuse Facility to Enhance Cargo Operations
Last fall, the Winnipeg Airport Authority received a $30 million grant from the National Trade Corridors Fund, a Canadian transportation infrastructure investment program. That money will be put toward a $62 million project to increase cargo capacity at YWG. The airport is a key transportation hub for central Canada, the Canadian North and for Canada’s international trade.

Paoli Municipal Makes Significant Improvements to Its Sole Runway

Paoli Municipal Makes Significant Improvements to Its Sole Runway
Robbie Lambert recalls his flight instructor repeatedly telling him, “If you can land at Paoli, you can land anywhere.” It was a profound statement coming from an experienced veteran who once worked as a bush pilot in Alaska. ​With practice, Lambert learned to navigate the challenges of Runway 2-20 at Paoli Municipal Airport (I42) in southern Indiana…and now serves as president of the Paoli Board of Aviation Commissioners.

Buffalo Niagara Int’l Knows Snow

Buffalo Niagara Int’l Knows Snow
With winter weather that is beyond unpredictable, Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) needs top-notch expertise and equipment to keep its airfield clear for aircraft operations. “There’s no typical winter here in Buffalo,” says Airfield Superintendent Joe Guarino. “There’s always something different that happens during a snow event.”

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Paoli Municipal Makes Significant Improvements to Its Sole Runway

Paoli Municipal Makes Significant Improvements to Its Sole Runway
Robbie Lambert recalls his flight instructor repeatedly telling him, “If you can land at Paoli, you can land anywhere.” It was a profound statement coming from an experienced veteran who once worked as a bush pilot in Alaska. ​With practice, Lambert learned to navigate the challenges of Runway 2-20 at Paoli Municipal Airport (I42) in southern Indiana…and now serves as president of the Paoli Board of Aviation Commissioners.

Buffalo Niagara Int’l Knows Snow

Buffalo Niagara Int’l Knows Snow
With winter weather that is beyond unpredictable, Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) needs top-notch expertise and equipment to keep its airfield clear for aircraft operations. “There’s no typical winter here in Buffalo,” says Airfield Superintendent Joe Guarino. “There’s always something different that happens during a snow event.”

Spirit of St. Louis Shines Brightly With New Lighting System

Spirit of St. Louis Shines Brightly With New Lighting System
The airfield at Spirit of St. Louis (SUS) Airport is safer and brighter following a $1.34 million project that overhauled its main runway with freshly renovated concrete and upgraded lighting. Since Runway 8R-26L was already scheduled for pavement rehabilitation, SUS management figured it was an opportune time to upgrade the runway’s lighting, too.

Test Slabs at Des Moines Int’l Bode Well for Electrically Heated Airside Pavement

Test Slabs at Des Moines Int’l Bode Well for Electrically Heated Airside Pavement
Central Iowa may not be the first location that springs to mind for cutting-edge technology breakthroughs, but Des Moines International Airport (DSM) is defying that stereotype. The small hub facility is the first U.S. airport using electrically conductive concrete with embedded electrodes to heat airside pavement. Two test slabs installed on DSM’s general aviation apron in 2016 are producing promising results.

Facing a Tight Deadline, Lakeland Linder Achieves What Some Thought Impossible

Facing a Tight Deadline, Lakeland Linder Achieves What Some Thought Impossible
The Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo, held at Florida’s Lakeland Linder International Airport (LAL), is one of the world’s largest aviation events. The popular fly-in and airshow are such a big to-do that the FAA dispatches its most experienced air traffic controllers to manage the 1,200+ daily operations it draws. This would have been the 46th Sun ’n Fun, but like most large events in 2020, it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fuel System Upgrades at Mitchell Int’l Benefit Tenant Airlines and Nearby Airports

Fuel System Upgrades at Mitchell Int’l Benefit Tenant Airlines and Nearby Airports
For decades, Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) received its jet fuel from an off-airport Shell storage facility supplied by a pipeline running from Chicago-area refineries up the western shore of Lake Michigan through Milwaukee to Green Bay, WI. But in 2016, the pipeline operator decided to decommission the segment of pipeline north of Milwaukee, and Shell consequently announced plans to sell the facility that supplied all of MKE’s jet fuel.

Nashville Int’l Cuts Costs for Airfield Markings With New Inspection & Maintenance Strategy

Nashville Int’l Cuts Costs for Airfield Markings With New Inspection & Maintenance Strategy
People use the phrase “Don’t paint yourself into a corner” to offer advice about everything from business strategies to personal relationships. It also can apply, somewhat literally, to airports that establish years of fixed budgets for airfield marking projects. Sadly, many end up overspending.

Bismarck Airport Maintains Operations During Runway Replacement Project

Bismarck Airport Maintains Operations During Runway Replacement Project
There were plenty of factors that could have forced Bismarck Airport (BIS) to shut down while crews replaced its 8,794-foot main runway: an unusually high water table, the diverse needs of five different air carriers and a construction schedule heavily influenced by funding. Despite these challenges and an early winter snowstorm, the North Dakota airport managed to remain open for traffic throughout the $64 million project. When airport officials started planning the project with engineering consultant KLJ, the FAA indicated it would need to deliver funding over three years.

Airfield Art - Centennial Airport (APA) in Englewood, CO

Airfield Art - Centennial Airport (APA) in Englewood, CO
The newest painting at Centennial Airport (APA) in Englewood, CO, is far too large for a frame. The compass rose, painted by The Ninety-Nines Organization of Women Pilots, adds a crisp, colorful graphic to the ramp outside the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.

McCarran Int’l, Lehigh Valley Int’l Launch Coronavirus Response Campaigns

McCarran Int’l, Lehigh Valley Int’l Launch Coronavirus Response Campaigns
With air traffic down dramatically and the future of the COVID-19 pandemic still uncertain, this has already been a trying year for the entire industry. Many airports are tackling the need for additional communication with employees and passengers by developing public awareness campaigns to emphasize the importance of social distancing, stopping the spread and other key measures.

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