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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.

Atlanta Int'l Premieres $1.4 Billion International Terminal

Expectations are high for the new international terminal that opened at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) on May 16.

Automating Part 139 Processes is a Valuable Precursor to Safety Management Systems

The future requirement for Safety Management Systems (SMS) has become one of the top industry issues of current times. We hear about at airport conferences, in industry newsletters, on conference calls and at FAA meetings. However, there is a fundamental issue that has not been getting as much attention but is equally important...

John C. Tune Airport Adds Hangars

Located just five miles from downtown Nashville, TN, John C. Tune Airport (JWN) is home to 170 based aircraft and a flight school. With 72,000 operations last year, it's also the smaller sibling of Nashville International Airport (BNA), as both facilities are owned and operated by the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA).

Minneapolis/St. Paul Int'l Leverages Master Planning Process

Collaboration and ongoing updates go a long way in supporting the master planning process at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP). According to Dennis Probst, executive director of planning and environment, the approach has been honed over the years into one that involves all stakeholders and positions the airport for measured growth.

O'Hare Savors Concessions App & Delivery Service

An Android or iPhone can be a traveler's best friend, but it acts more like a do-it-all personal assistant when it allows users to skip airport restaurant lines and have their food delivered to the gate.

Fairchild Air Force Base Reconstructs Sole Runway

When the sole runway at Fairchild Air Force Base exhibited signs of excessive deterioration, civil engineers recommended shutting down the landing surface for complete reconstruction. The decision was pivotal, as Fairchild's airfield (SKA) is home to the 141st Washington Air National Guard Refueling Wing and the 92nd Air Refueling Wing (part of the Air Mobility Command) - groups that provide core aerial refueling activities for the U.S. Air Force. In essence, they maintain an air bridge across the nation and world to support U.S. and allied forces.

Dayton Int'l Builds Three-Level Garage

A parking garage may not be the most fascinating airport project, but it certainly affects passengers' overall experience - especially in Ohio, where the weather is often unpredictable. Dayton International Airport (DAY) is consequently leveraging its $25.7 million parking structure as a competitive edge against three other airports within a 90-minute drive.

South Bend Airport Completes Expansion & Changes Leadership

Before John Schalliol retired as executive director of South Bend Airport (SBN) in Indiana, he oversaw the culmination of a $15.8 million concourse project that added five new gates, 45,000 square feet of terminal space and numerous passenger conveniences. The final phase, which consolidated passenger screening and added advanced imaging technology, debuted in February, just prior to his retirement celebration.

Watertown Municipal Embraces Tenant Management

Although some in the industry may liken tenants managing their airports to inmates running their asylums, the arrangement makes perfect sense to others. Often, it's the owner of the local fixed-based operation (FBO) who assumes the lead role; and it usually occurs at small, general aviation fields.

Baltimore/Washington Int'l Optimizes Baggage Handling System

After Southwest Airlines acquired AirTran Airways last year, its Checked Baggage Inspection System (CBIS) at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) went from taxed to overloaded. "Our flights peak at 199 flights per day, and AirTran was running 48 flights per day," recalls Jimmy Dickerson, manager of federal airport security technology for Southwest. "Our CBIS could not by itself handle the combined baggage for the two carriers."

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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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