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Oakland Int’l Using Dual-Technology Scanner for Employee Screening
Oakland International Airport (OAK) is one of the first U.S. airports to deploy a dual-technology scanner to screen employees working in secure environments. In May 2018, the California airport began using an Edge scanner from Evolv Technology.
Miami Int’l Builds Multi-Sensory Room for Children With Autism
Winding through busy terminals, waiting in security lines and enduring flight delays are just a few stressful facts of life for air travelers. Imagine, however, navigating these challenges while traveling with a child who has autism and is extremely sensitive to sights, sounds and physical touch.
Airports Use Decorative Flooring to Create Sense of Place
When Pensacola International (PNS) and Valley International (VIA) replaced flooring in their respective facilities, the two airports selected different materials; but both chose colors and patterns that portray their local Gulf Coast water and landscapes.
Eugene Airport Sets Ambitious Master Plan
Many airports create master plans for future development, but the roadmap recently commissioned by Eugene Airport (EUG) in Oregon takes the process to an entirely new level.
JFK Terminal 4 Creates Buzz With Interactive Social Media Events
Customer engagement in Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is taking another social/digital turn, this time in the form of billboard-size mosaics created with thousands of photos from passengers and airport staff.
Falls Int’l Builds New Terminal to Welcome International Passengers
After 10 years in the making, the city of International Falls, MN, recently debuted a fully rebuilt airport terminal to greet passengers travelling through the small community on the U.S./Canada border. Falls International Airport (INL) now includes a new U.S.
Wilmington Air Park Welcomes Amazon as New Tenant
The landscape at Wilmington Air Park (ILN) in south-central Ohio has been changing steadily for the last few years, and the various airfield and landside improvements are beginning to pay big dividends.
Innovation Lab at San Diego Int’l Tests Potential Parking Solutions
In search of answers to common parking challenges, San Diego International Airport (SAN) is fostering the development of several prospective solutions in its own in-house accelerator lab.
Northern Ontario Airports Transition to Digital Safety Management System
A network of nearly 30 remote airports in Northern Ontario recently took a giant step into the digital age by transitioning from paper records and fax communications to a web-based safety management system (SMS).
Halifax Int’l Doubles Checkpoint Throughput, Adds Space for Concessions & Airlines
When Halifax Stanfield International (YHZ) recently expanded its security checkpoint, the Nova Scotia airport leveraged the associated construction process by dovetailing additional projects to add space for airline operations and new passenger concessions.
Los Angeles Int’l Improves Indoor Air Quality for Customers & Staff
With nearly 2,000 takeoffs and landings every day, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is keenly aware of the impact airplane exhaust from the tarmac can have on customers and employees inside the terminal.
San Diego Int’l Rehabs Sole Runway 2,200 Feet at a Time
As the busiest single-runway airport in North America, San Diego International (SAN) must plan and execute any airfield work with precision and efficiency. The recent full-length rehabilitation of its 9,401-foot runway was an especially critical project.
Raleigh-Durham Int’l Makes Parking a Priority With New Online Reservation System
As airports throughout the U.S. wrestle with growing passenger volume and heightened security concerns, parking sometimes takes a backseat. Not so at Raleigh-Durham International (RDU).
British Airways Performs Sweeping Renovation of JFK Terminal 7 to Enhance Passenger Experience
British Airways’ $64 million renovation of Terminal 7 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) represents a premium upgrade—and not just for premium passengers. The changes are tangible for more than 150,000 customers who travel through the terminal every month.

What Makes a Great Website?

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP)
These days, the internet is the first place many passengers check when looking for information about parking, concessions and other ground-based details regarding air travel. Good or bad, an airport’s website acts as its face and leaves an impression on customers.

Sea-Tac Int’l Partners With AMAC to Support Diversity Measures

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
From Aug. 21-25, 2018, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) will serve as the official host for the annual Airport Business Diversity Conference, the flagship event of the Airport Minority Diversity Council (AMAC). Airport officials are pleased with the strong registration numbers—and the opportunity to advance SEA’s long-standing goals of providing more opportunities to women, minorities, veterans and small-business owners.

Flagler Executive Relocates & Extends Primary Runway

Flagler Executive Airport (FIN)
Flagler Executive Airport (FIN) in Palm Coast, FL, recently completed a $12.2 million project to relocate and extend its main runway. In doing so, management remedied several safety issues in one comprehensive construction program.

Charleston Int’l Sweetens Retail Lineup with Kiosk Program

Charleston County Aviation Authority
Thanks to a new specialty leasing program that debuted at Charleston International Airport (CHS) this spring, customers can now purchase a sampling of local and regional goodies and gifts at small kiosks inside the airport terminal.

Nashville Int’l Upgrades Fuel Farm to Address Recent Growth

Nashville International (BNA)
The traffic profile at Nashville International (BNA) is completely different from what it was two decades ago, and a recent $30 million fuel farm renovation is helping the Tennessee airport handle the dramatic changes.

Edmonton Int’l Adds Designer Outlet Mall

Edmonton International (EIA)
Edmonton International (EIA) is putting a new twist on airport retail with a landside mall that includes onsite boarding pass printers, flight status screens and other special features to convert passengers into shoppers, and vice versa. Additional airport-specific services include free shuttles to/from the terminal, in-mall luggage storage and discounted shipping for purchases made at the designer outlet stores.

Toronto Int’l Undertakes Terminal Enhancement Program to Prepare for Passenger Growth

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
With passenger volume expected to reach 85 million by 2037, Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is taking steps to ensure its facilities are ready to meet the needs of passengers well into the future.

Colorado Springs Airport Reopens Terminal One Day After Three-Alarm Fire

Colorado Springs Airport (COS)
Shortly before 11:00 p.m. on April 16, emergency 911 operators received a call about smoke and flames emanating from the roof of the terminal at Colorado Springs Airport (COS). Within minutes, the airport had a three-alarm fire on its hands.

Honolulu Int’l Adds Free, Unlimited Wi-Fi for Passengers

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
Whether travelers visit Honolulu for business or the spectacular sun, sand and surf, most bring along multiple electronic devices to keep in touch with friends and associates.

Valley Int’l Fire & Rescue Station Improves Response, Training

Valley International (HRL)
When the time came for Valley International (HRL) to upgrade its aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) facility, officials at the Harlingen, TX, airport joined forces with their design team to create a building uniquely designed for firefighters. The new $3.8 million, 10,000-square-foot station officially opened in May with a host of features to enhance safety and efficiency.

Greenville-Spartanburg Int’l Switches to In-House Fixed Base Operator

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP)
Early last year, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) opened Cerulean Aviation and joined the growing ranks of commercial airports that run their own fixed base operators (FBOs). The South Carolina airport took the strategy one step further by also opting to provide cargo handling and ground support services for commercial charter flights.

San Diego Int’l Adds Covered Parking Plaza

San Diego International Airport (SAN)
When San Diego International Airport (SAN) decided to build its first parking garage, officials did not want a dingy gray concrete box. Instead, they asked designers to build a parking plaza.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Partners With Southwest to Renovate Terminal & Expand Capacity

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) recently completed a $333 million renovation of Terminal 1 to improve the experience for travelers and offer more operational capacity and flexibility.

Greenbrier Valley Airport Takes Over Management of Terminal Restaurant

When Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB) opened its new restaurant last fall, the West Virginia airport raised the concessions bar for rural airfields everywhere. The menu at Landings features selections such as arepas, bolitas de mofongo and profiteroles. The refined décor includes custom wood furniture and hand-blown light fixtures. Moreover, LWB manages the restaurant itself rather than hiring an outside operator.

Runway Extension/Rehab at Cherry Capital Gives Airlines a Literal Lift

With the completion of an award-winning runway project at Cherry Capital Airport (TVC), Traverse City, MI, is well prepared to welcome travelers to Northern Michigan for the summer tourist season. The $14 million project renovated and extended TVC’s primary runway to 7,015 feet, thus remedying previous operational limitations.


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El Paso Int’l Creates Airport Neighborhood With Paved Walkways, Lighting & Landscaping

El Paso Int’l Creates Airport Neighborhood With Paved Walkways, Lighting & Landscaping
Walkability is a buzzword usually associated with city planning; and curb appeal is typically an issue for real estate agents. Both, however, are now key features at El Paso International (ELP). The West Texas airport is completing an $11 million exterior renovation that links its terminal to nearby restaurants and onsite hotels via paved walkways. Improving passenger drop-off/pickup areas and upgrading exterior landscaping and lighting are other primary projects.

O’Hare Combines Public Parking, Shuttles, Mass Transit & Rental Car Operations Into One Facility

O’Hare Combines Public Parking, Shuttles, Mass Transit & Rental Car Operations Into One Facility
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is phasing in a new approach to managing ground transportation. Its new Multi Modal Facility brings together rental car operations, public parking, airport shuttles and bus stops—all in the same 2.6-million-square-foot complex. Moreover, the new facility is a short walk to/from an existing station for the region’s commuter train system.

Scottsdale Airport Opens New Aviation Business Center

Scottsdale Airport Opens New Aviation Business Center
Last November, Scottsdale Airport (SDL) inaugurated its Aviation Business Center, the centerpiece of a $27 million redevelopment project that also includes a veterans memorial and two new hangars. The 23,800-square-foot building replaces SDL’s outdated, underutilized terminal built in 1968.

Salt Lake City Int’l Tests Designs & Components for Redevelopment Program

Salt Lake City Int’l Tests Designs & Components for Redevelopment Program
Salt Lake City International (SLC) is using several full-scale mockups to ensure that even minute details of key components for its $3.6 billion redevelopment program yield the best results possible.

Measles Outbreak Underscores Importance of Communicable Disease Response Plans

Measles Outbreak Underscores Importance of Communicable Disease Response Plans
As confirmed reports of measles continue to emerge in pockets throughout the United States, airport operators throughout the country face the prospect of receiving contagious passengers and visitors.

Airports, Car Rental Agencies Join Forces to Recruit Disadvantaged Suppliers

Airports, Car Rental Agencies Join Forces to Recruit Disadvantaged Suppliers
Lynn A. Boccio, vice president of Strategic Business & Diversity Relations for Avis Budget Group, distinctly remembers picking up a call from a then-unknown airport colleague just before the 2016 Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) Conference.

Page Field Upgrades Runways & Taxiways, Adds Energy-Efficient Airfield Lighting

Page Field Upgrades Runways & Taxiways, Adds Energy-Efficient Airfield Lighting
There’s never a good time to close runways and taxiways for rehab work. But thanks to an intense coordination effort, Page Field (FMY) in Fort Myers, FL, completed a nearly $30 million airfield project last year with minimal disruptions to flight operations. Crews repaved the airport’s two runways, upgraded several taxiways and installed a new airfield lighting system in 19 months, despite imposing weather challenges that included Hurricane Irma in September 2017.

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Leveraging Technology Throughout the Airport SMS Lifecycle


RECORDED: Thursday, September 7th, 2017 at 11:00 am EDT

Most airport layouts were designed when passengers played cards while waiting for a flight because an onboard meal was an expectation and the very idea of a smartphone would have been laughable.

What was once a mess of beam seating everywhere now has a multi-function use: part lounge, part cafe, part office and a wealth of amenities. New uses of spaces as well as new types of furniture are finding their way into the airport because today's passenger is really focused on getting to point B rather than the journey itself. Airport design and furniture elements have a stronger impact on the passenger experience than one may realize. There's the comfort. The durability. The usability.

Matt Dubbe from Mead and Hunt and Joe Agati from Agati Furniture will tackle these questions and others in: Airport Interiors are Experiencing Massive Change: What You Need to Know.

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