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Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Modernizes, Expands North Satellite
This summer, just as passengers returned in significant numbers, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) opened Phase 2 of its $710 million North Satellite modernization project, adding much-needed gates and square footage.
Atlanta Int’l Installs First Integrated CT-Automated Security Lane Checkpoint System in U.S.
In 2019, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) was the world’s busiest airport—hitting an all-time high of 110 million passengers.
Twin Cities Reliever Airports Live Up to Name
The six general aviation airports operated by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) are called relievers for a good reason: They significantly reduce traffic pressure that would otherwise congest Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP), the major airport of the system.
Bigger, Better Fuel Farm Comes Online at St. Louis Int’l
The new $50 million jet fuel storage facility at St. Louis Lambert International (STL) nearly doubles the airport’s storage capacity to 3 million gallons. The fuel farm, which began operating in August, replaces an aging underground storage tank facility constructed more than 60 years ago.
Parking Improvements at Louisville Muhammad Ali Int’l
With passenger traffic on the rise and dated parking facilities straining at the seams, Louisville Muhammad Ali International (SDF) began expanding and upgrading its parking operations in 2019.
Dallas Fort Worth Int’l Fills New Terminal Extension With Technology to Wow Customers
This past May, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) opened an extension of Terminal D, its primary international terminal. Although the $202 million project added just four gates, the impact on operational capacity and customer satisfaction is expected to be tremendous.
Charlotte Douglas Int’l Rises to the Challenge of Managing Peer-to-Peer Car Rentals
When air travel hit the skids in 2020, rental car companies struggled right alongside airlines and airports. With business slowing to a trickle, rental fleets were decimated by the sale of dormant vehicles. Hertz reported a 40% reduction in cars between the end of 2019 and the end of 2020.
Tampa Int’l Plots New Course to Enhance Airfield Safety
While many airfield safety programs focus on runways, Tampa International (TPA) recently finished a $78,500 project that honed in on its apron area.
Lehigh Valley Int’l Opens the Doors on New Bulk Hangar
Even though COVID-19 put obstacles in its path, Lehigh Valley International (ABE) never veered from its mission of adding more hangar space.
Airports Find New Way to Track Airfield Traffic
For years, personnel at Murfreesboro Municipal Airport (MBT) manually tracked aircraft to estimate daily traffic at the central Tennessee airfield. Based on crude visual tallies, MBT officials began this year thinking the general aviation facility logged about 225 operations per day.
Pittsburgh Int’l Boosts Energy Resiliency, Reliability
Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) made history in June when it flipped the switch on its own natural gas and solar energy powered microgrid.
Halifax Stanfield Builds Cargo Park With Cold Chain Capabilities
As airports around the globe are seeing an uptick in passenger traffic, Halifax Stanfield International (YHZ) is experiencing incredible growth in cargo operations.
Larger Than Life - Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)
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New Receiving & Distribution Center Improves the Way Goods Move Through Salt Lake City Int’l

New Receiving & Distribution Center Improves the Way Goods Move Through Salt Lake City Int’l
Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is changing the way people and goods travel through its facilities. A multiphase effort to address its changing operational needs began with an airport redevelopment program that focused on passenger flow, and a $5.6 million Central Receiving and Distribution Center (CRDC) that opened last August.

Fredericton Int’l Updates & Expands its Terminal

Fredericton Int’l Updates & Expands its Terminal
Fredericton International Airport (YFC), in Canada’s far northeast corner, was built more than a half century ago to accommodate 200,000 passengers annually. The original building and facilities served their purpose aptly until about 10 years ago, when the New Brunswick airport began experiencing steady growth.

Ford Int’l Reconstructs & Expands Apron

Ford Int’l Reconstructs & Expands Apron
Earlier this year, contractors finished the final punch list for a much needed $50 million apron reconstruction and expansion project at Gerald R. Ford International (GRR) in Grand Rapids, MI. Casey Ries, engineering and planning director at GRR, was glad to close out the complex project the airport began planning back in 2015. Ries explains that 2018 to 2019 was the ideal time to reconstruct the terminal apron because the physical condition of the pavement was not great and the logistic conditions were favorable.

Detroit Lakes County Airport Expands Main Runway to Attract More Jet Traffic

Detroit Lakes County Airport Expands Main Runway to Attract More Jet Traffic
Turning perception into reality can be tricky, especially when it involves multimillion-dollar budgets. The decision-makers who oversee Detroit Lakes-Becker County Airport (DTL) in northwestern Minnesota faced this classic challenge when building support and securing funds for an approximately $25 million runway expansion and airfield renovation.

Mitigating the Negative Effects of Firefighting Foam is Personal for Nantucket Memorial

Mitigating the Negative Effects of Firefighting Foam is Personal for Nantucket Memorial
Amid all the turmoil that COVID-19 has wrought, the only public airport on the small island of Nantucket, MA, is taking on a big issue: potential environmental contamination associated with common components in FAA-mandated firefighting foam.

Extensive Cargo Growth at Cincinnati Int’l Boosts Revenues, Diversifies Business Base

Extensive Cargo Growth at Cincinnati Int’l Boosts Revenues, Diversifies Business Base
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) suffered a significant financial blow a little more than a decade ago when Delta Air Lines dropped the airport as one of its primary hubs. But in true make-lemonade-out-of-lemons fashion, airport leadership charted a new course, based on a simple premise: A multi-legged stool is more stable than one with a single leg.

Nashville Int’l Increases Parking Capacity to Match Passenger Growth

Nashville Int’l Increases Parking Capacity to Match Passenger Growth
Few U.S. cities have experienced a more pronounced growth spurt than Nashville, TN. The country music mecca rebounded robustly after the 2008-09 recession, gaining nearly 300,000 jobs between 2010 and early 2020, an almost 40% increase. During the same period, Nashville also became one of the hottest tourist destinations in the country, and passenger growth at Nashville International Airport® (BNA®) followed suit.

Dallas Love Field, Myrtle Beach Int’l Debut Contactless Retail

Dallas Love Field, Myrtle Beach Int’l Debut Contactless Retail
Despite increasing vaccination rates and decreasing new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., Mark Duebner realizes that pandemic fears persist, and that a portion of the traveling public remains reluctant to resume once commonplace practices such as shopping.

Public-Private Partnership Delivers New Terminal in Bermuda

Public-Private Partnership Delivers New Terminal in Bermuda
L.F. Wade International Airport (BDA) is passengers’ gateway to the iconic pink sand beaches of Bermuda. With an economy heavily rooted in tourism, this overseas territory of the United Kingdom and its airport have struggled since early 2020 because of COVID-19. However, in December 2020, a new $400 million terminal opened to welcome travelers to the Atlantic island.

FAA Airport Development Program Turns 75

FAA Airport Development Program Turns 75
This May marks 75 years of the federal government providing grants-in-aid programs to build and enhance U.S. airport infrastructure; and the FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) is in its 40th year. What we now know as AIP began in 1946 as the Federal-Aid Airport Program.

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New Concourse at Reagan National Adds 14 Gates for American Airlines

New Concourse at Reagan National Adds 14 Gates for American Airlines
In April, the Washington, D.C., airport unveiled its new 14-gate concourse, a 230,000-square-foot facility built to replace its remote and cramped Gate 35X. Until recently, about 6,000 American Airline passengers rode airside buses every day to Gate 35X, where they boarded regional jets parked at 14 hardstand gates. The arrangement was the airport’s way of continuing vital service while demand stretched beyond its contiguous facilities.

Skyxe Saskatoon Expands Use of Common-Use Systems

Skyxe Saskatoon Expands Use of Common-Use Systems
Stephen Maybury, president and chief executive officer of Skyxe Saskatoon Airport (YXE), aptly proclaimed 2020 a year of “resilience and fortitude.” At the low point in April, passenger volume at YXE was off fully 98%, and it remained down 69% through year-end.

Airports, Customers & Concessionaires Embrace Contactless Ordering

Airports, Customers & Concessionaires Embrace Contactless Ordering
Well before the coronavirus pandemic intensified demand for contactless transactions, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) embarked on a quest to enhance the travel experience at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) by creating a seamless digital experience from curb to gate.

New Parking Ramp Prepares Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l for Post-Pandemic Rebound

New Parking Ramp Prepares Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l for Post-Pandemic Rebound
Last August, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) completed construction of an 11-story parking ramp and transit facility at Terminal 1. When the $443 million project broke ground three years earlier, MSP was in the midst of a 10-year growth trend that peaked with a record 39.5 million passengers in 2019. But by the time the project was finished, the airport was only serving about 25% of its normal volume due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Philadelphia Int’l Finishes Airfield Rehab Months Early Despite Multiple Challenges

Philadelphia Int’l Finishes Airfield Rehab Months Early Despite Multiple Challenges
The multi-year $25 million East Airfield Rehabilitation at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) was completed 71 days early—and that was after having to shut down due to COVID-19. ​With construction progressing so fast and money still in the budget, PHL even managed to take advantage of reduced airfield traffic from the pandemic to add extra taxiway overlays to the project scope.

Colorado Springs Airport Reaps Rewards of Digital Work Orders, Asset Management

Colorado Springs Airport Reaps Rewards of Digital Work Orders, Asset Management
To-do lists at Colorado Springs Airport (COS) are no longer paperwork manila files, sticky notes or even email threads. Instead, maintenance tasks and work orders are managed in a sophisticated software program that tracks all aspects of general operations, from airfield and landside to terminal/facilities and information technology.

Akron-Canton Airport Updates Gates to Prepare for Growth

Akron-Canton Airport Updates Gates to Prepare for Growth
When Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) completed a $37 million gate modernization and concourse expansion last fall, the northeast Ohio airport also celebrated the culmination of its 10-year, $115 million capital improvement program. Together, the projects update the 1960s terminal, allow it to accommodate all current aircraft and right size the facility for future growth.

Investments at Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Pay Quick Dividends

Investments at Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Pay Quick Dividends
A renaissance is underway at Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport (RWI) in Elm City, NC. And master plan improvements are propelling it forward. Airport Director Dion Viventi reports that several infrastructure projects executed in 2019 and 2020 are already boosting RWI’s bottom line.

Greenville-Spartanburg Int’l Builds Bigger, Better ARFF Station

Greenville-Spartanburg Int’l Builds Bigger, Better ARFF Station
Firefighters at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) are thrilled with the new aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) station they moved into last November. At 24,000 square feet, the facility is triple the size of the previous station, and also includes updated features and comforts for crews and equipment.

Asset Tracking Software at McCarran Int’l Boosts Efficiency, Documents FAA Compliance

Asset Tracking Software at McCarran Int’l Boosts Efficiency, Documents FAA Compliance
Maintenance personnel at McCarran International Airport (LAS) no longer put pen to paper when they log maintenance performed on runway lights. Instead, a digital asset management system uses GPS technology to track the work performed and pushes the information to a cloud-based platform to enhance the accuracy of maintenance records.

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