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Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Modernizes, Expands North Satellite
This summer, just as passengers returned in significant numbers, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) opened Phase 2 of its $710 million North Satellite modernization project, adding much-needed gates and square footage.
Atlanta Int’l Installs First Integrated CT-Automated Security Lane Checkpoint System in U.S.
In 2019, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) was the world’s busiest airport—hitting an all-time high of 110 million passengers.
Twin Cities Reliever Airports Live Up to Name
The six general aviation airports operated by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) are called relievers for a good reason: They significantly reduce traffic pressure that would otherwise congest Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP), the major airport of the system.
Bigger, Better Fuel Farm Comes Online at St. Louis Int’l
The new $50 million jet fuel storage facility at St. Louis Lambert International (STL) nearly doubles the airport’s storage capacity to 3 million gallons. The fuel farm, which began operating in August, replaces an aging underground storage tank facility constructed more than 60 years ago.
Parking Improvements at Louisville Muhammad Ali Int’l
With passenger traffic on the rise and dated parking facilities straining at the seams, Louisville Muhammad Ali International (SDF) began expanding and upgrading its parking operations in 2019.
Dallas Fort Worth Int’l Fills New Terminal Extension With Technology to Wow Customers
This past May, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) opened an extension of Terminal D, its primary international terminal. Although the $202 million project added just four gates, the impact on operational capacity and customer satisfaction is expected to be tremendous.
Charlotte Douglas Int’l Rises to the Challenge of Managing Peer-to-Peer Car Rentals
When air travel hit the skids in 2020, rental car companies struggled right alongside airlines and airports. With business slowing to a trickle, rental fleets were decimated by the sale of dormant vehicles. Hertz reported a 40% reduction in cars between the end of 2019 and the end of 2020.
Tampa Int’l Plots New Course to Enhance Airfield Safety
While many airfield safety programs focus on runways, Tampa International (TPA) recently finished a $78,500 project that honed in on its apron area.
Lehigh Valley Int’l Opens the Doors on New Bulk Hangar
Even though COVID-19 put obstacles in its path, Lehigh Valley International (ABE) never veered from its mission of adding more hangar space.
Airports Find New Way to Track Airfield Traffic
For years, personnel at Murfreesboro Municipal Airport (MBT) manually tracked aircraft to estimate daily traffic at the central Tennessee airfield. Based on crude visual tallies, MBT officials began this year thinking the general aviation facility logged about 225 operations per day.
Pittsburgh Int’l Boosts Energy Resiliency, Reliability
Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) made history in June when it flipped the switch on its own natural gas and solar energy powered microgrid.
Halifax Stanfield Builds Cargo Park With Cold Chain Capabilities
As airports around the globe are seeing an uptick in passenger traffic, Halifax Stanfield International (YHZ) is experiencing incredible growth in cargo operations.
Larger Than Life - Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)
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New Concourse at Nashville Int’l Updates City’s Front Door, Facilitates More Expansion & Renovations

New Concourse at Nashville Int’l Updates City’s Front Door, Facilitates More Expansion & Renovations
The new Concourse D at Nashville International Airport (BNA®) didn’t just add gate capacity and new customer amenities. It is also facilitating future expansion to help the Tennessee airport cope with years of explosive growth in passenger volume. Operations from elsewhere at BNA have moved into the new concourse to allow remodeling and construction of other areas.

Hollywood Burbank Airport Recoups Valuable Parking Revenue with Pre-Booking Engine

Hollywood Burbank Airport Recoups Valuable Parking Revenue with Pre-Booking Engine
An online reservation system for parking, introduced at Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) back in July 2019, is earning its keep amid industrywide traffic declines.

Grant County Int’l Flattens Hump in Runway

Grant County Int’l Flattens Hump in Runway
Airports throughout the world face many of the same challenges, but Grant County International (MWH) in Moses Lake, WA, recently tackled an unusual airfield issue. It leveled a gradual, but pronounced, hump in the middle of its main runway.

San Diego Int’l Captures Stormwater Runoff for Reuse at Rental Car Center

San Diego Int’l Captures Stormwater Runoff for Reuse at Rental Car Center
San Diego International Airport (SAN) recently raised its lofty sustainability bar a few notches higher by adding a new, award-winning element to its stormwater management system. The $38 million project, completed in November 2020, features a large concrete cistern that collects runoff from the northside airfield.

Murfreesboro Municipal Modernizes With New Terminal

Murfreesboro Municipal Modernizes With New Terminal
Murfreesboro Municipal Airport (MBT) recently opened a new $4.5 million terminal to welcome visitors to one of the Top 10 fastest-growing communities in the U.S. With immense employment opportunities and a highly touted quality of life, this popular Tennessee city is attracting people of all ages and a variety of aircraft activity

Airports of All Sizes Are Championing Diversity

Airports of All Sizes Are Championing Diversity
Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) presented its inaugural Watkins Guardian Award to Smith for promoting the growth and evolution of minority- and women-owned businesses and suppliers, while also fostering advancement of civil rights and equal opportunities for all.

Urban Folk Art - Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR)

Urban Folk Art - Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR)
Why did the chicken cross the road? To admire its pals on a mural at Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids, MI.

Salt Lake City Int’l Constructs 21st Century Terminal

Salt Lake City Int’l Constructs 21st Century Terminal
In mid-September, Salt Lake City International (SLC) unveiled the first phase of its $4.1 billion redevelopment project, a comprehensive series of much-needed operational and aesthetic upgrades throughout the entire airport.

Collaboration, Flexibility Help Sacramento Int’l Meet Critical Deadline to Reopen Key Runway

Collaboration, Flexibility Help Sacramento Int’l Meet Critical Deadline to Reopen Key Runway
Despite surprising underground discoveries and a limited construction period due to impending seasonal fog, Sacramento International Airport (SMF) opened its critically important new $30 million concrete runway on time.

Central Nebraska Regional Builds New ARFF Station for New Fire Truck

Central Nebraska Regional Builds New ARFF Station for New Fire Truck
Central Nebraska Regional Airport (GRI) was ready to retire its old 1982 Oshkosh fire truck. But when airport officials considered replacing it with a new Oshkosh Striker 4x4, they realized they had a “big” problem: The existing aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) facility would be too small for the new equipment. Their solution? Build a bigger new station.

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Salt Lake City Int’l Constructs 21st Century Terminal

Salt Lake City Int’l Constructs 21st Century Terminal
In mid-September, Salt Lake City International (SLC) unveiled the first phase of its $4.1 billion redevelopment project, a comprehensive series of much-needed operational and aesthetic upgrades throughout the entire airport.

Collaboration, Flexibility Help Sacramento Int’l Meet Critical Deadline to Reopen Key Runway

Collaboration, Flexibility Help Sacramento Int’l Meet Critical Deadline to Reopen Key Runway
Despite surprising underground discoveries and a limited construction period due to impending seasonal fog, Sacramento International Airport (SMF) opened its critically important new $30 million concrete runway on time.

Central Nebraska Regional Builds New ARFF Station for New Fire Truck

Central Nebraska Regional Builds New ARFF Station for New Fire Truck
Central Nebraska Regional Airport (GRI) was ready to retire its old 1982 Oshkosh fire truck. But when airport officials considered replacing it with a new Oshkosh Striker 4x4, they realized they had a “big” problem: The existing aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) facility would be too small for the new equipment. Their solution? Build a bigger new station.

Symbiotic Relationship With State University Helps Propel Salina Regional Into the Future

Symbiotic Relationship With State University Helps Propel Salina Regional Into the Future
Some say that when one door closes, another one opens. Turns out that when one Air Force base closes, a lot of doors can open. Salina Regional Airport (SLN), located about 175 miles west of Kansas City, is currently a thriving municipal airport fed by a busy industrial park and a satellite campus of Kansas State University. But that wasn’t always the case.

Improvements to Bulk Fuel Farm at JFK Int’l Include First New Tanks in Almost 50 Years

Improvements to Bulk Fuel Farm at JFK Int’l Include First New Tanks in Almost 50 Years
Beatlemania, bell bottoms and lava lamps. These were all the rage in the ’60s, when most of the bulk fuel farm at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) was built. It contains 62 tanks varying from 250,000 to 500,000 gallons each because it was designed for the way airlines worked at the time, with different grades of jet fuel and fuels with different tax status stored separately. But today, with comingled fuel and improved metering technology, the fuel farm is just as outdated as bell bottoms.

Dulles Int’l Adds Separate Pickup Area for TNC Traffic

Dulles Int’l Adds Separate Pickup Area for TNC Traffic
Recognizing the need to improve ground transportation flow, the airport operations team zeroed in on traffic from app-based transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Lyft and Uber. In mid-August, IAD debuted what it calls the third curb, an area dedicated solely to TNC pickups. The new system is designed not only to relieve congestion at the curb, but also to make it easier for passengers using app-based ride services to connect with their drivers.

New Concourse Positions Eagle County Regional for Growth

New Concourse Positions Eagle County Regional for Growth
Construction moved ahead, but not without challenges. From the airport’s perspective, it was crucial for the project team to communicate frequently and coordinate effectively to keep daily operations running smoothly. Hensel Phelps stressed the importance of updating stakeholders about the construction schedule, especially when work transitioned between the two phases.

Paine Field Saves Time & Money by Fast-Tracking Ramp Repairs

Paine Field Saves Time & Money by Fast-Tracking Ramp Repairs
Paine Field (PAE), just north of Seattle, saved an estimated quarter of a million dollars and two months of time on recent ramp repairs by suspending commercial passenger flights and closing the terminal to complete the project while traffic was already slow due to COVID-19. The strategy also spared its airlines and passengers the service disruptions such work typically causes.

Regina Int’l Boosts Concessions Sales With Interim Renovations

Regina Int’l Boosts Concessions Sales With Interim Renovations
Late last year, Regina International Airport (YQR) in Saskatchewan added a glass wall, and concessions sales promptly jumped. Liquor sales doubled, and post-security food receipts increased by more than 50%. By installing the new wall, the Canadian airport shifted the crucial dividing line between its pre- and post-security areas, and increased the volume and variety of food service options for passengers after they clear the screening checkpoint.

Huntsville Int’l Completes Comprehensive Security Upgrade

Huntsville Int’l Completes Comprehensive Security Upgrade
Huntsville International (HSV) didn’t plan for its new security system to go live during one of the greatest periods of unrest the U.S. has seen. But that’s how the project schedule unfolded. The new $9 million integrated security system was commissioned in January, reaffirming the Alabama airport’s commitment to protect the flying public no matter what is going on.

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