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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.
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
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.
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 an
Sea-Tac Int’l & Alaska Airlines Partner to Expand & Modernize North Satellite
When Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) built its terminal and two satellites in the late 1960s and early ’70s, officials hailed the new facility as the “Jet Port of the Future.” But that was decades ago.
Punta Gorda Airport Takes Holistic Approach to Development
Commercial growth, safe aircraft operations and environmental sensitivity go hand-in-hand at Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Toward that end, the airport’s 2018 master plan update dovetails with its wildlife hazard management program.
Columbus Int’l Installs System to Tighten Accountability & Efficiency of Ground Transportation Providers
A new $1 million ground transportation management system is dramatically reducing paperwork and helping John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) more accurately account for fees paid by ride-share services and commercial operators that pick up and drop off passengers at the terminal.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Delivers Emergency Response Training to Entire Workforce
One year after a man went on a shooting rampage near the baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), the Broward County Commission passed an ordinance requiring all aviation employees to receive emergency response training.
Erie Int’l Updates Terminal on a Tight Budget
How does a small airport with an aging terminal meet the needs of today’s travelers without breaking the proverbial bank? That was the bottom-line conundrum at Erie International Airport (ERI) in Pennsylvania. In total, construction lasted six months and cost $500,000.
Philadelphia Int’l Upgrades its Asset Management System
When Philadelphia International (PHL) wanted to upgrade its asset management system to a more robust tool, the project team talked with personnel at other airports about their experiences.
Space Detection System Lights the Way to More Parking Capacity at Austin-Bergstrom Int’l
Austin, TX, is booming with tech companies galore, a vibrant arts scene and a calendar full of large festivals that attract hundreds of thousands of people to the growing area.
Oil Boom Leads to New Airport in Williston Basin
Booming. Surging. Growing. Like oil production in the Bakken formation, that’s what is happening to communities in the northwest corner of North Dakota.
Hollywood Burbank Airport Repaves Ramp with Advanced Asphalt
Known for its ability to resist damage from spilled fuel and oil, P-404 asphalt mix has been used throughout the world for at least three decades.

Charleston Int’l Blankets Pre-Security Areas With Gunshot Detection Sensors

Charleston Int’l Blankets Pre-Security Areas With Gunshot Detection Sensors
There’s a poignant art exhibit at Charleston International Airport (CHS) about the church shooting that rocked the South Carolina city in 2015. The memorial includes a Bible open to the passage that victims were studying the night of the tragedy. For most, the multimedia display is a tribute to the nine people killed and five wounded in the racially charged incident.

Love Field Improves Checked Bag Resolution Area & Invests in RFID Tracking

Love Field Improves Checked Bag Resolution Area & Invests in RFID Tracking
In late 2018, Dallas Love Field (DAL) wrapped up an $8.8 million renovation to ease congestion in its Checked Baggage Resolution Area (CBRA). Looking beyond traditional fixes, the project team deployed Mobile Inspection Tables to speed the area’s flow and improve conditions for the TSA personnel who work there.

Dynamic Digital Display Illuminates New Check-in Canopy at Richmond Int’l

Dynamic Digital Display Illuminates New Check-in Canopy at Richmond Int’l
When Richmond International Airport (RIC) built its new terminal in 2007, the original budget included funds for an array of state-of-the-art digital displays in the passenger check-in area. However, escalating construction costs and subsequent value engineering resulted in a much different outcome.

Denver Int’l Expands Bag Drop Options With Valet Service at Remote Parking Lots

Denver Int’l Expands Bag Drop Options With Valet Service at Remote Parking Lots
As a follow-up to its popular transit station bag drop, Denver International Airport (DEN) debuted free luggage drops at two remote parking lots in November. The new sites up the ante with valet-style service. Earlier this year, the parking lot bag drops were handling about 3,500 pieces of luggage per month.

O’Hare Builds Central Deicing Facility to Improve Ground Flow

O’Hare Builds Central Deicing Facility to Improve Ground Flow
If Tom Petty is right and waiting really is the hardest part, winters just got easier at O’Hare International Airport (ORD). A new aircraft deicing facility is helping carriers cycle gates more quickly by moving the crucial pre-flight process away from the terminal to the west side of the airport. As a result, passengers should spend less time waiting on the tarmac and in holdrooms.

Concourse Expansion at Charlotte Douglas Int’l Fuses Technology & Artistry

Concourse Expansion at Charlotte Douglas Int’l Fuses Technology & Artistry
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) claimed a spot on the industry’s architectural and design map for “placemaking” with a nine-gate concourse expansion it debuted last summer. Architects, designers, consultants and CLT staff collaborated to make the 230,000-square-foot development a destination in and of itself. Together, the team revolutionized the visual aspect of Concourse A with sweeping high-tech windows, digital artwork and new customer amenities.

Prevention Figures Prominently into FOD Program at Memphis Int’l

Prevention Figures Prominently into FOD Program at Memphis Int’l
Removing foreign object debris (FOD) from its four runways, 18 major taxiways, ramps and other airfield areas is a constant priority for the Tennessee airport. Last year alone, crews removed nearly 400 pieces of FOD, thus preventing the items from being ingested into aircraft engines and causing costly damage.

Prepaid Parking Online Enhances Customer Experience, Boosts Revenues at Dallas Fort Worth Int’l

Prepaid Parking Online Enhances Customer Experience, Boosts  Revenues at Dallas/Fort Worth Int’l
Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW), Air Transport World’s 2019 Airport of the Year, added online prepaid parking to its list of cutting-edge services for travelers last spring, and the program is exceeding all expectations. It’s also helping increase the amount of parking revenue DFW collects.

Proactive Fleet Management & Fiscal Prudence Keep Montréal Trudeau Int’l Prepared for Snowy Challenges

Proactive Fleet Management & Fiscal  Prudence Keep Montréal Trudeau Int’l  Prepared for Snowy Challenges
Winters at Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) are nothing to trifle with. Snow removal crews provide 24/7 coverage for the airfield from mid-November to mid-April. That’s five long months of physically demanding work in cold, sometimes punishingly frigid, conditions.

Mineta San Jose Int’l Partners with U.S. Customs & Border Protection on Facial Recognition Systems to Screen Arriving & Departing Int’l Passengers

Mineta San Jose Int’l Partners with U.S. Customs & Border Protection on Facial Recognition Systems to Screen Arriving & Departing Int’l Passengers
As the gateway to Silicon Valley, it’s natural for Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) to leverage technology, researched and developed by local tech companies, to solve everyday passenger processing challenges. Of late, the California airport is using biometric facial recognition technology to screen international passengers and is leading the way for other U.S. airports to follow.

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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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Space Detection System Lights the Way to More Parking Capacity at Austin-Bergstrom Int’l

Space Detection System Lights the Way to More Parking Capacity at Austin-Bergstrom Int’l
Austin, TX, is booming with tech companies galore, a vibrant arts scene and a calendar full of large festivals that attract hundreds of thousands of people to the growing area. Amid the hustle and bustle, executives at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) are looking down the road five, 10 and even 20 years to predict passenger needs.

Oil Boom Leads to New Airport in Williston Basin

Oil Boom Leads to New Airport in Williston Basin
Booming. Surging. Growing. Like oil production in the Bakken formation, that’s what is happening to communities in the northwest corner of North Dakota. In fact, a brand new $275 million airport, Williston Basin International (XWA), opened in October to keep up with the unprecedented economic expansion.

Hollywood Burbank Airport Repaves Ramp with Advanced Asphalt

Hollywood Burbank Airport Repaves Ramp with Advanced Asphalt
Known for its ability to resist damage from spilled fuel and oil, P-404 asphalt mix has been used throughout the world for at least three decades. In the U.S., it emerged as the mix of choice for a major repaving project at LaGuardia Airport about 17 years ago, and the supplier reports that it is still holding strong with years of life remaining.

Operation Airdrop Brings Post-Hurricane Relief With Help of Airports & Volunteers

Operation Airdrop Brings Post-Hurricane Relief With Help of Airports & Volunteers
In September 2018, Hurricane Florence dumped 35 inches of rain on the Carolinas, with winds gusting up to 130 mph. The Category 4 storm created widespread flooding that closed major freeways and other roads for days after landfall, completely cutting off access for 120,000 people in Wilmington, NC, and many more in surrounding communities.

Snow Removal Equipment at Juneau Int’l Gets A New Home

Snow Removal Equipment at Juneau Int’l Gets A New Home
In Alaska, the days start to cool quickly in September, and by October, daily high temperatures struggle to reach 50 degrees. At Juneau International Airport (JNU), the ground maintenance team knows what’s looming: cold, freezing rain in autumn, followed by an average snowfall of more than 85 inches during winter.

Edmonton Int’l Turns Tech Partnership into Business Opportunity

Edmonton Int’l Turns Tech Partnership into Business Opportunity
At Edmonton International (YEG), strategic partnerships with technology companies are helping the airport tackle common industry challenges such as wildlife management, perimeter security and ground support services. One venture led to the development of a new portable diesel heater to keep jet bridges and parked aircraft warm during cold Canadian winters.

Airfield Solar Farm Puts Enormous Dent in Chattanooga Metro’s Electricity Bill

Airfield Solar Farm Puts Enormous Dent  in Chattanooga Metro’s Electricity Bill
Chattanooga Metropolitan (CHA) has managed to turn unused land alongside its runways and taxiways into an environmentally sound source of electricity that powers the same amount of energy that CHA facilities at the Tennessee airport use each year.

Island Location Complicates Runway Project at Martha’s Vineyard Airport

Island Location Complicates Runway Project at Martha’s Vineyard Airport
In spring, Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY) completed a $10.5 million reconstruction of its main runway two days early. Racing against time, crews laid asphalt daily—sometimes seven days a week—from late March until May 13. JetBlue Airways resumed its seasonal flights on May 17.

Mobile Authority Readies Downtown Airport for Commercial Service

Mobile Authority Readies Downtown Airport for Commercial Service
When the Mobile Airport Authority gave the go-ahead to begin moving commercial operations from Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) to Mobile Downtown Airport (BFM), it then had to build a terminal and find a way to provide ground support at what was strictly a general aviation facility.

New Fuel Farm Increases Efficiency at Great Falls Int’l

New Fuel Farm Increases Efficiency at Great Falls Int’l
A new fuel farm at Great Falls International (GTF) is providing additional fuel capacity, faster delivery and peace of mind about protecting the pristine environment that surrounds the Montana airport. The aboveground facility, which was commissioned in January, replaces a series of underground tanks installed in 1974.

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