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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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Jackson Int’l Uses LiDAR System to Measure Checkpoint Wait Times
TravelPulse magazine recently named Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International (JAN) Mississippi’s best airport in 2018; but management is not taking the title for granted.
New Runway at Pullman-Moscow Regional Required Perseverance & Broad Cooperation
When Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport (PUW) in Pullman, WA, cut the ribbon on its new $154 million runway last October, officials celebrated much more than a major capital improvement.
Atlanta Int’l Brings Internet of Things Into its Restrooms
First it was smartphones and smart TVs, then smart cars and watches. What’s next, smart restrooms? In a word, yes. And Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has them. Last summer, ATL became the first facility in the world with a fully connected smart restroom.
Updated Info & Public Address Systems Reflect the New Vision at Nashville Int’l
Flight information display systems (FIDS) are a passenger’s lifeline. With all the crucial information travelers need to get to their gates on time, they’re bound to create an impression on visitors. The real question is whether that impression is positive or negative.
Washington Dulles Continues to Brace for Winter Storms
Washington, D.C. is experiencing an especially mild winter this year. In fact, it is on track to be the fifth warmest on record for the past 150 years. (Fingers crossed, it doesn’t prove to be a jinx.)
R&R Studios - Miami International Airport (MIA)
Four uplifting art installations at Miami International Airport (MIA) use Beatles references and flower power to deliver positive messages.

An Inside Look at How Colorado Supports its Airports

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

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

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

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

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.

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RFID Baggage Solutions: Let's Talk About the Facts and the Best Way Forward

RECORDED: Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 at 10:00 am EDT

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.

This seminar sets the record straight regarding RFID bag tags. What's true, what's not true, what are the best ways to deploy the technology, and what components are necessary. These are the issues which deserve additional clarity, and the webinar panel will address the assumptions that have been in place for years, and leave the attendee with the facts.

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Updated Info & Public Address Systems Reflect the New Vision at Nashville Int’l

Updated Info & Public Address Systems Reflect the New Vision at Nashville Int’l
Flight information display systems (FIDS) are a passenger’s lifeline. With all the crucial information travelers need to get to their gates on time, they’re bound to create an impression on visitors. The real question is whether that impression is positive or negative.

Washington Dulles Continues to Brace for Winter Storms

Washington Dulles Continues to Brace for Winter Storms
Washington, D.C. is experiencing an especially mild winter this year. In fact, it is on track to be the fifth warmest on record for the past 150 years. (Fingers crossed, it doesn’t prove to be a jinx.)

R&R Studios - Miami International Airport (MIA)

R&R Studios - Miami International Airport (MIA)
Four uplifting art installations at Miami International Airport (MIA) use Beatles references and flower power to deliver positive messages.

Portland Int’l Mounts Multibillion-Dollar Capital Campaign to Stay on Top

Portland Int’l Mounts  Multibillion-Dollar Capital Campaign to Stay on Top
Portland International (PDX) regularly ranks among the nation’s top airports for amenities, customer service and traveler satisfaction. Travel + Leisure magazine has rated PDX the best U.S. airport for seven consecutive years. Money magazine ranked it No. 1 in 2019, up from second place in 2018.

Detroit Metro Installs New Recycling Bins to Boost Use

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

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.

Sculptor Will Rimel - St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL)

Sculptor Will Rimel - St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL)
Small and unusual creatures are eyeing guests in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Hall at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL). There’s a bear and dragon, but the others are purely born of local sculptor Will Rimel’s imagination.

Elmira Corning Regional Expands Terminal, Adds Calming Courtyards

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

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

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.

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