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Web Exclusive: Airport Improvement Projects Continue During COVID-19 Passenger Slump
While business across most industries has screeched to a halt or slowed to a crawl amid the COVID-19 outbreak, executives at airports across the U.S. are pushing forward with billions of dollars in construction and improvement projects.
Whitehorse Int’l Embraces Drone Technology for Airfield Surveys
For years, airport operators categorically derided drones as a safety risk and general nuisance. Now, many are putting them to work for security surveillance, wildlife management and other operation-enhancing purposes.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Gives Passengers  a Taste of the Great Outdoors
What used to be a standard 1990s food court in Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is now a rustic Northwoods getaway, complete with cabin-like seating enclosures and a faux forest.
Hawaiian Airports Debut New Check-in Kiosks & Self-Adhesive Bag Tags
The ticketing lobby at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) on the island of Honolulu was transformed late last year with fresh finishes and updated check-in kiosks that print a new breed of bag tags. Podium panels now feature custom graphics designed by a Maui tattoo artist.
New Addition at Tallahassee Int’l Creates World’s Largest On-Airport Solar Farm
Building the world’s largest airport-based solar farm doesn’t come without challenges.
Savannah/Hilton Head Int’l Updates Baggage System
Anytime an airport outgrows part of its infrastructure, it’s challenging to keep operations running smoothly. When that component is the outbound baggage handling system, it can cause a cascade of other operational inefficiencies.
Expansion at Dallas Fort Worth Int’l Drives Need to Relocate Refueler Station
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is doing the Infrastructure Shuffle. You know the drill: In order to improve one area, you first have to modify another.
Jackson Int’l Uses LiDAR System to Measure Checkpoint Wait Times
TravelPulse magazine recently named Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International (JAN) Mississippi’s best airport in 2018; but management is not taking the title for granted.
New Runway at Pullman-Moscow Regional Required Perseverance & Broad Cooperation
When Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport (PUW) in Pullman, WA, cut the ribbon on its new $154 million runway last October, officials celebrated much more than a major capital improvement.
Atlanta Int’l Brings Internet of Things Into its Restrooms
First it was smartphones and smart TVs, then smart cars and watches. What’s next, smart restrooms? In a word, yes. And Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has them. Last summer, ATL became the first facility in the world with a fully connected smart restroom.
Updated Info & Public Address Systems Reflect the New Vision at Nashville Int’l
Flight information display systems (FIDS) are a passenger’s lifeline. With all the crucial information travelers need to get to their gates on time, they’re bound to create an impression on visitors. The real question is whether that impression is positive or negative.
Washington Dulles Continues to Brace for Winter Storms
Washington, D.C. is experiencing an especially mild winter this year. In fact, it is on track to be the fifth warmest on record for the past 150 years. (Fingers crossed, it doesn’t prove to be a jinx.)
R&R Studios - Miami International Airport (MIA)
Four uplifting art installations at Miami International Airport (MIA) use Beatles references and flower power to deliver positive messages.

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.

Dallas Fort Worth Int’l Rehabs Primary Arrivals Runway With Asphalt Overlay

Dallas Fort Worth Int’l Rehabs Primary Arrivals Runway With Asphalt Overlay
After nearly 35 years of service and approximately 650,000 arrivals and departures, the primary arrivals runway at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) was due for a significant facelift. The $135 million project that provided it was the first full runway rehabilitation effort since the airport opened in 1974—and its first asphalt overlay.

New Orleans Int’l Continues Improvements With Fuel System Upgrades

New Orleans Int’l Continues Improvements With Fuel System Upgrades
While a striking new 972,000-square-foot terminal typically gets the glory when it comes to recent projects at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY), there’s more going on than the $1.029 billion capital improvement program. When operations move to the north side of the airfield this fall, a new hydrant fueling system and fuel farm will begin operating to support them.

San Francisco Int’l Uses Progressive Design-Build Method for Recent Garage Project

San Francisco Int’l Uses Progressive Design-Build Method for Recent Garage Project
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is in the middle of a $7.3 billion modernization program. Main components of the initiative include reconstruction and expansion of Terminal 1 and the new 27-gate Boarding Area B; additional gates in Terminal 3; a new hotel; expansion of the AirTrain system; and a second long-term parking garage.

Rochester Int’l Modernizes Terminal, Builds First Hybrid Federal Inspection Station

Rochester Int’l Modernizes Terminal, Builds First Hybrid Federal Inspection Station
In addition to serving local travelers, Rochester International Airport (RST) caters to thousands of passengers who fly to southern Minnesota each year for care or work at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic. In fact, the two organizations, located just 15 minutes apart, are inextricably linked.

Greater Rochester Int’l Designs Terminal Specifically for the Community It Serves

Greater Rochester Int’l  Designs Terminal Specifically for the Community It Serves
It’s not marketing hyperbole when Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo describes the newly renovated terminal at Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) as a “next-generation travel hub.” She has plenty of concrete examples to back up the claim. The airport, which serves as a gateway to New York’s Finger Lakes Region, is taking passenger services and building automation to the next level with features such as facility systems that link lights and temperature controls to flight activity; cutting-edge technologies that assist travelers with hearing loss; and real-time video of holdrooms to decrease “gate hugging.”

Retro-Style TWA Hotel Debuts at JFK Int’l

Retro-Style TWA Hotel Debuts at JFK Int’l
The first on-site hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is a nostalgic 1960s flashback thanks to the recent transformation of architect Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Center into the new TWA Hotel. Scheduled to open in mid-May, the facility is a tribute to the golden age of jet travel, complete with swanky red carpeting, elegant white staircases and a sunken cocktail lounge that serves martinis, Old Fashioneds and other vintage favorites.

Norfolk Int’l Completes Nail-Biter Runway Rehab

Norfolk Int’l Completes Nail-Biter Runway Rehab
The first phase of a multi-part runway rehabilitation project was completed at Norfolk International Airport (ORF) last fall. The $15 million project was closely monitored by many, including commercial and cargo airlines that depend on the Virginia airport every day. vIn early August 2018, it closed Runway 5-23, and 178 workers and 76 pieces of equipment got to work.

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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.

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Updated Info & Public Address Systems Reflect the New Vision at Nashville Int’l

Updated Info & Public Address Systems Reflect the New Vision at Nashville Int’l
Flight information display systems (FIDS) are a passenger’s lifeline. With all the crucial information travelers need to get to their gates on time, they’re bound to create an impression on visitors. The real question is whether that impression is positive or negative.

Washington Dulles Continues to Brace for Winter Storms

Washington Dulles Continues to Brace for Winter Storms
Washington, D.C. is experiencing an especially mild winter this year. In fact, it is on track to be the fifth warmest on record for the past 150 years. (Fingers crossed, it doesn’t prove to be a jinx.)

R&R Studios - Miami International Airport (MIA)

R&R Studios - Miami International Airport (MIA)
Four uplifting art installations at Miami International Airport (MIA) use Beatles references and flower power to deliver positive messages.

Portland Int’l Mounts Multibillion-Dollar Capital Campaign to Stay on Top

Portland Int’l Mounts  Multibillion-Dollar Capital Campaign to Stay on Top
Portland International (PDX) regularly ranks among the nation’s top airports for amenities, customer service and traveler satisfaction. Travel + Leisure magazine has rated PDX the best U.S. airport for seven consecutive years. Money magazine ranked it No. 1 in 2019, up from second place in 2018.

Detroit Metro Installs New Recycling Bins to Boost Use

Detroit Metro Installs New Recycling Bins to Boost Use
Travelers have their minds on many things, but separating their trash and recyclables is not always among them. To get more customers participating in its recycling program, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is trying to make the process almost automatic.

Runway Rebuild at St. George Regional Requires Airport Closure & Massive Excavation

Runway Rebuild at St. George Regional Requires Airport Closure & Massive Excavation
The newly rebuilt runway at St. George Regional Airport (SGU) doesn’t look at all unusual. But its routine appearance belies what’s hidden below: a clever feat of engineering and earthwork designed to stop the pavement heaving that doomed the original runway.

Sculptor Will Rimel - St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL)

Sculptor Will Rimel - St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL)
Small and unusual creatures are eyeing guests in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Hall at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL). There’s a bear and dragon, but the others are purely born of local sculptor Will Rimel’s imagination.

Elmira Corning Regional Expands Terminal, Adds Calming Courtyards

Elmira Corning Regional Expands Terminal, Adds Calming Courtyards
Approaching the TSA checkpoint at the recently renovated Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) is now like a walk in the woods. Travelers pass through a gently curving corridor with floor-to-ceiling glass walls that showcase courtyards filled with greenery.

Miami Int’l Manages Increasing Bag Volume with New High-Tech Screening System

Miami Int’l Manages Increasing Bag Volume with New High-Tech Screening System
With unprecedented growth of 1 million annual passengers, Miami International Airport (MIA) hit a record 45 million passengers in 2018. Moreover, 2019 appears to be on the same track.

Bozeman Yellowstone Int’l Builds Rental Car Garage to Meet Growing Tourist Demand

Bozeman Yellowstone Int’l Builds Rental Car Garage to Meet Growing Tourist Demand
Winter is a busy time at Bozeman Yellowstone International (BZN). Parka-clad passengers from around the world fly into the southwestern Montana airport with snowboards, skis and other outdoor gear to enjoy the rugged Rocky Mountain region.

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