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San Francisco Int’l Rebuilds Terminal 1  for $2.4 Billion
Guided by the ambitious goal of revolutionizing the guest experience, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is steadily making its way through the $2.4 billion reconstruction of its recently renamed Harvey Milk Terminal 1.
Evansville Regional Leverages Federal, State & Local Funds for Terminal Expansion Project
Even though the terminal at Evansville Regional Airport (EVV) was more than 30 years old, personnel there still called it the new building because it replaced the airport’s original 1928 terminal.
Trenchless Sewer-Lining Project Helps Prevent Glycol From Entering Groundwater at Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) recently completed a roughly $3.5 million project designed to prevent the glycol used to deice planes from potentially seeping into groundwater.
Milwaukee Int’l Adds Indoor Beer Garden, Coat Check Service & Other Local Concessions
​House cleaning and redecorating like company coming to visit. Officials at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) went one step further and completed a $10.5 million concessions overhaul to prepare for a series of important guests expected to arrive soon.
Norman Rogers Airport Breathes New Life into Kingston
Just as home rennovations turn life upside down for families, infrastructure projects complicate life for airport operators.
Runway Rehab Allows Anchorage Int’l to Accommodate Largest Cargo Jets
It’s common for airports to uncover unexpected challenges such as unmarked utilities, protected wildlife or even buried aircraft and other military surplus during airfield projects.
Lighting Audit & LED Conversion Illuminate Energy Savings at Atlanta Int’l
As the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) spans more than 7 million square feet of property. Naturally, it takes a lot of supplies and materials to keep the facilities that large running smoothly.
Austin Int’l Modernizes Ground Transportation Management System
The emergence of transportation network companies, or TNCs, has been a charged topic in Austin, TX. Uber and Lyft left abruptly in 2016 after a squabble with the city over fingerprinting requirements.
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) Artscape
Two of the most loved art installations at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) are two of its largest and most interactive pieces.
With Traffic Down, Wilmington Int’l Advances Expansion Project
Wilmington International Airport (ILM) in North Carolina has officially turned coronavirus lemons into lemonade.
Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Optimizes Baggage System with Cutting-Edge Screening Technologies
An updated logo referencing the Pacific Northwest is a graphic symbol of what’s new at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). But its most impressive new offering is a back-of-house system few will ever see.
Oakland Int’l Creates Task Force to Prepare for Current & Future Passengers
In mid-March, just as most of us started using the phrase “social distancing” and began wondering how the impending shelter-in-place orders would affect our states, Oakland International Airport (OAK) in California was dealing with one of its first “unprecedented” events related to the COVID-19 pand
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Pilots Global Exchange Program
Savvy airport officials know that it makes sense to help senior-level executives improve their leadership skills and broaden their perspectives. Such training helps the executives and airports.

Best Practices for Public & Media Relations

Best Practices for Public & Media Relations
By their very nature, airports require nimble communication teams. One day, it’s a routine personnel announcement or upbeat ribbon-cutting ceremony; but the next can bring an all-out media frenzy about COVID-19. The topics airports must address run the gamut, and so do their communication strategies.

Transformation of Terminal 3 at Phoenix Sky Harbor Finishes with North & South Concourses

Transformation of Terminal 3 at Phoenix Sky Harbor Finishes with North & South Concourses
Before design of the $590 million Terminal 3 Modernization Project at Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) in Phoenix began in 2013, about 30 stakeholders held a workshop to establish goals for the project. Consensus within the group was to “create a world-class facility that was value-oriented, efficient and created a sense of place.”

Airports & Industry Stakeholders Spring Into Action Before Original REAL ID Deadline

Airports & Industry Stakeholders Spring Into Action Before Original REAL ID Deadline
A can-do attitude gets things done, and that’s definitely the mindset of Rick King, chair of Minnesota’s Metropolitan Airports Commission. In early January, after learning that less than 11% of Minnesotans had their REAL IDs, King began researching solutions.

Web Exclusive: Airport Improvement Projects Continue During COVID-19 Passenger Slump

Web Exclusive: Airport Improvement Projects Continue During COVID-19 Passenger Slump
While business across most industries has screeched to a halt or slowed to a crawl amid the COVID-19 outbreak, executives at airports across the U.S. are pushing forward with billions of dollars in construction and improvement projects.

Whitehorse Int’l Embraces Drone Technology for Airfield Surveys

Whitehorse Int’l Embraces Drone Technology for Airfield Surveys
For years, airport operators categorically derided drones as a safety risk and general nuisance. Now, many are putting them to work for security surveillance, wildlife management and other operation-enhancing purposes.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Gives Passengers a Taste of the Great Outdoors

Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Gives Passengers  a Taste of the Great Outdoors
What used to be a standard 1990s food court in Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is now a rustic Northwoods getaway, complete with cabin-like seating enclosures and a faux forest.

Hawaiian Airports Debut New Check-in Kiosks & Self-Adhesive Bag Tags

Hawaiian Airports Debut New Check-in Kiosks & Self-Adhesive Bag Tags
The ticketing lobby at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) on the island of Honolulu was transformed late last year with fresh finishes and updated check-in kiosks that print a new breed of bag tags. Podium panels now feature custom graphics designed by a Maui tattoo artist. The new self-service kiosks, 54 in all, allow passengers to check themselves in and print their own tags for checked baggage. But you won’t find backing paper from the tags strewn about the floor or overflowing from garbage cans.

New Addition at Tallahassee Int’l Creates World’s Largest On-Airport Solar Farm

New Addition at Tallahassee Int’l Creates World’s Largest On-Airport Solar Farm
Building the world’s largest airport-based solar farm doesn’t come without challenges. But the team developing the new 320-acre, 42-megawatt (MWac) solar farm at Tallahassee International Airport (TLH) prevailed—and also shattered previous records for renewable energy production for airport sited solar farms. When the new facility became operational in January 2020, it joined TLH’s other solar farm that came online in 2018. Together, the two solar farms span 400 acres and produce 62 MWac per year, vaulting the Florida airport well ahead of other industry standouts.

Savannah/Hilton Head Int’l Updates Baggage System

Savannah/Hilton Head Int’l Updates Baggage System
Anytime an airport outgrows part of its infrastructure, it’s challenging to keep operations running smoothly. When that component is the outbound baggage handling system, it can cause a cascade of other operational inefficiencies.

Expansion at Dallas Fort Worth Int’l Drives Need to Relocate Refueler Station

Expansion at Dallas Fort Worth Int’l Drives Need to Relocate Refueler Station
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is doing the Infrastructure Shuffle. You know the drill: In order to improve one area, you first have to modify another.

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Use of RFID technology for tracking baggage has evolved steadily during the past four years, deployed system-wide by a major legacy US airline, adoption at more airports, and a resounding vote of confidence at the recent IATA AGM in June, 2019. RFID was selected as the ideal technology by the IATA membership for future bag tags because it has been demonstrated to improve read rates which lead to large reductions in baggage mishandling, thereby removing lost baggage and its associated costs.

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Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Optimizes Baggage System with Cutting-Edge Screening Technologies

Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Optimizes Baggage System with Cutting-Edge Screening Technologies
An updated logo referencing the Pacific Northwest is a graphic symbol of what’s new at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). But its most impressive new offering is a back-of-house system few will ever see.

Oakland Int’l Creates Task Force to Prepare for Current & Future Passengers

Oakland Int’l Creates Task Force to Prepare for Current & Future Passengers
In mid-March, just as most of us started using the phrase “social distancing” and began wondering how the impending shelter-in-place orders would affect our states, Oakland International Airport (OAK) in California was dealing with one of its first “unprecedented” events related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Pilots Global Exchange Program

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Pilots Global Exchange Program
Savvy airport officials know that it makes sense to help senior-level executives improve their leadership skills and broaden their perspectives. Such training helps the executives and airports. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) put a global spin on its development program by sending one executive to experience life at a European airport and another to observe operations at an Asian airport.

Duluth Int’l Reconstructs Main Runway

Duluth Int’l Reconstructs Main Runway
Tom Werner, executive director at Duluth International (DLH), is currently celebrating two big milestones: his 20th year working at the northern Minnesota airport and the recent full-length, full-depth reconstruction of its 10,150-foot main runway. As Werner describes it, the $38 million project spanned five calendar years and completely restored the airport’s very backbone.

Lanyards Heighten Awareness of Passengers With Hidden Disabilities

Lanyards Heighten Awareness of Passengers With Hidden Disabilities
When customers roll up to a ticketing counter in a wheelchair or navigate through the concourse tapping a white cane on the floor, airport employees know that they might want extra assistance. It’s far more difficult, however, to identify customers with conditions that are less apparent such as learning difficulties, mental health issues or hearing impairments.

Ocala Int’l Builds New Terminal to Match Stride of Regional Growth

Ocala Int’l Builds New Terminal to Match Stride of Regional Growth
When general aviation customers taxi up to the new terminal at Ocala International Airport (OCF) in northcentral Florida, there is no doubt they’re in horse country. The stone-clad building is topped with a barn-style cupola, and the entrance from the ramp area is lined with small statues of jockeys.

Montréal-Trudeau Int’l Builds Facility to Enhance Flow of Connecting Passengers

Montréal-Trudeau Int’l Builds Facility to Enhance Flow of Connecting Passengers
Montréal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) opened the first phase of its new two-story Connection Centre last December. The diamond-shaped facility, which is elevated over an airside road, will soon centralize processing for all passengers arriving on transborder and international flights en route to airports elsewhere in Canada and throughout the world.

Space Constraints, Rapid Growth Spark New Cargo Facilities at Ontario Int’l

Space Constraints, Rapid Growth Spark New Cargo Facilities at Ontario Int’l
Short on space for its rapidly growing cargo business, Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) is developing additional areas of the airfield for cargo operations. It also recently built two new facilities in an existing cargo area between the International Arrivals Terminal and main passenger terminal. To expedite construction and ensure future flexibility, it opted for tension fabric buildings.

Long Beach Airport & Airline Partners Phase Out Fossil Fuels for Ground Support Equipment

Long Beach Airport & Airline Partners Phase Out Fossil Fuels for Ground Support Equipment
Every new airport executive wants to hit the ground running and complete projects that are electrifying. In her first year as director of Long Beach Airport (LGB), Cynthia Guidry pulled it off—literally. When Guidry arrived at the Southern California airport, LGB had already approved a project to install 15 electric chargers for airline ground support equipment. In fact, the project was just going out to bid when she assumed the helm last July.

New ARFF Training Center at Appleton Int’l

New ARFF Training Center at Appleton Int’l
There’s a new Midwestern location for aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) training, and it’s the only site in the U.S. where personnel can practice on and in a full-size Boeing 777. The new training center is located at Appleton International Airport (ATW) in northeast Wisconsin.

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