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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Southwest Florida Int’l Counters Lightning Delays With Automated Docking Systems
Sandwiched between two large bodies of water, the peninsula of Florida receives lots of warm, humid air. When combined with sunlight and ocean breezes, it’s the perfect brew for thunderstorms—and operational challenges for airports like Southwest Florida International (RSW) in Fort Myers.
Small Airports Share Tips About Buying Multifunction Snow Equipment
Small airports in the northern U.S. share one common trait with huge airports such as Chicago O’Hare and Kennedy International in New York: They have to keep their runways and taxiways clear of snow during winter. Most, however, don’t have multimillion-dollar budgets for accomplishing this.
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Uses Green Products to Address Common Airfield Challenges
Weather in the Midwest may be unpredictable, but the commitment to environmental safety at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is not.
Yeager Airport Rebuilds Runway Safety Area After 2015 Landslide
Four years of passionate perseverance, determination and hard work paid off on July 19, when Yeager Airport (CRW) finished the $25 million reconstruction of its runway safety area.
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.
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.

Boston Logan Embraces Specialty Concessions

As passengers adjust their arrival times to allow for post-9/11 security measures, airport operators are adjusting concessions programs to capitalize on that extra time. Gone are the days when travelers rush through the concourse, perhaps grabbing a quick cup of coffee or newspaper before running to their gates. These days, they have more time for browsing, relaxing and shopping, and airports are enjoying the additional sales opportunities the new norm creates.

Vancouver Int'l Upgrades Its Airfield Lighting Control Monitoring System

In good weather and bad, air traffic controllers and airport maintenance personnel need an Airfield Lighting Control Monitoring System (ALCMS) that is highly reliable and inspires confidence. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has found just that in its new $2.5 million ALCMS. In addition to providing improved monitoring, data collection and troubleshooting capabilities, the new system also includes four 10-inch tablet PCs, dedicated solely to the operation of the Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (SMGCS) by air traffic controllers. YVR cites several reasons for replacing the e

Barnstable Municipal Builds New Terminal & Looks to the Future

Roughly 20 years of planning culminated when Barnstable Municipal Airport (HYA) in Hyannis, MA, opened its new 35,000-square-foot terminal and 85-foot-tall air traffic control tower at the end of 2011. Airport Manager Roland "Bud" Breault says the $40 million in improvements were a long time coming, but HYA is now a modern facility ready for the future. Associated upgrades grouped with construction of the new terminal include aircraft apron improvements and a new 3/4-mile vehicle access road.

Orlando Int'l Gives the 'All-Clear' to Private Registered Traveler Program

For frequent business travelers, clearing Security quickly is just as important as on-time departures and arrivals. But all too often, it's a game of "hurry up and wait."

Greenville-Spartanburg Int'l Brings Luggage Cart Rentals In-House

When Smarte Carte departed Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) in 2011, officials there took the opportunity to rethink the South Carolina facility's strategy toward luggage cart rentals. The question never centered on whether or not GSP should offer the common customer convenience, but rather on who should manage cart rentals: the airport or a third-party concessionaire.

Montréal-Trudeau Pioneers New Self-Service Technologies

From automated teller machines for cash to scan-it-yourself checkout lanes at the supermarket, consumers are accustomed to self-serve options. Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is giving air travelers just that.

Logan Int'l Builds Concrete Pier Over Boston Harbor to Support Runway Safety Area Extension

Surrounded on three sides by environmentally protected waters, Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) faced formidable challenges when complying with FAA-required runway safety area improvements.

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int'l Reinvents Terminal & Market Strategy

The recently renovated terminal at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is a literal bricks-and-mortar representation of the dramatic contraction and changes the airport has experienced in the last seven years. The $36 million facelift and reconfiguration updates facilities for operations that used to be housed in three different terminals. Now unneeded, the other two terminals are slated for demolition in the next few years. A series of reductions in service by Delta Air Lines sent CVG's total passenger volume into a free-fall (see chart on Page 10) and prompted the ter

Do 148 Years Really Make a Difference?

Between the November elections, multiple shootings and the fiscal cliff drama, 2012 was quite intense. Personally, I was more than ready to turn the calendar to 2013. But the holidays were a great respite from it all. I took the opportunity to enjoy some time with family and recharge my batteries. Seeing the movie Lincoln was a real treat. I love history, and the film does a marvelous job portraying President Lincoln's final months in office.

Say "Yes" to Information Technology

Catherine Mayer, vice president of SITA, is the company's primary liaison with airport organizations. As such, Mayer chairs the Airports Council International World Business Partners (WBP) Board and was the first non-airport member to be appointed as an observer to the ACI World Governing Board (2006 - 2011). She currently serves as the WBP observer on the ACI Europe Airport Board. Previously, Mayer was responsible for developing and leading SITA's Airport Services business.

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Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Uses Green Products to Address Common Airfield Challenges

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Uses Green Products to Address Common Airfield Challenges
Weather in the Midwest may be unpredictable, but the commitment to environmental safety at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is not. The evolving Midwestern airport is proactively tackling airfield challenges with a duo of environmentally friendly products - a liquid concentrate that reduces silica exposure from pavement dust, and a deicing fluid that minimizes harmful effects to the nearby ecosystem.

Yeager Airport Rebuilds Runway Safety Area After 2015 Landslide

Yeager Airport Rebuilds Runway Safety Area After 2015 Landslide
Four years of passionate perseverance, determination and hard work paid off on July 19, when Yeager Airport (CRW) finished the $25 million reconstruction of its runway safety area. Completing the project was an important milestone as the West Virginia airport continues to recover after a massive airfield landside that occurred on March 12, 2015.

Airports Use Decorative Flooring to Create Sense of Place

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.

Innovation Lab at San Diego Int’l Tests Potential Parking Solutions

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. Concepts in the works range from a cloud-based valet services app to an online booking platform that allows parkers to rent out their vehicles while they are traveling.

Oakland Int’l Using Dual-Technology Scanner for Employee Screening

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. The equipment combines the screening properties of traditional metal detectors with the nonmetallic screening abilities of millimeter wave equipment, the newest scanners used by TSA at most U.S. airports.

Miami Int’l Builds Multi-Sensory Room for Children With Autism

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.

Eugene Airport Sets Ambitious Master Plan

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. The extensive document analyzes, justifies and phases significant facility improvements to accommodate the fast-growing demand for increased air service in the Eugene community. The plan took 22 months to prepare, and the guideposts it contains are designed to help the airport move forward for decades.

JFK Terminal 4 Creates Buzz With Interactive Social Media Events

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. It’s all part of an ongoing series of interactive guest-driven marketing campaigns sponsored by luxury traveler retailer DFS Group.

Falls Int’l Builds New Terminal to Welcome International Passengers

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. Customs and Border Patrol area, TSA screening lane, National Weather Service office and the facility’s first jet bridge. Given the area’s cold winter weather, a large fireplace is proving to be a popular feature of the new 25,000-square-foot, single-gate terminal.

Wilmington Air Park Welcomes Amazon as New Tenant

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. On June 26, e-commerce giant Amazon opened a new package sorting facility at the 1,900-acre aviation and logistics business park.

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