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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.

Colorado Aeronautics Division Makes Pavement Preservation a Priority

Colorado Aeronautics Division Makes Pavement Preservation a Priority
When it comes to runway renovations and other projects, officials at general aviation airports in Colorado are especially fortunate, because the state regularly offers proactive financial and technical assistance. The Division of Aeronautics, a branch of the Colorado Department of Transportation, makes resources available to many of the state’s 74 public use airports.

Kansas City Int’l Test Drives Asset Management Software in Maintenance Facility

Kansas City Int’l Test Drives Asset Management Software in Maintenance Facility
In November 2017, local residents voted in favor of building a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport (MCI), with a resounding 75% saying yes to the project. The terminal is scheduled to open at the end of 2023 on the site of the now-closed Terminal A.

San Antonio Int’l Solicits Broad Community Involvement for 50-year Master Plan San Antonio Int’l Solicits Broad Community Involvement for 50-year Master Plan

San Antonio Int’l Solicits Broad Community Involvement for 50-year Master Plan
When it came time for San Antonio International Airport (SAT) to update its master plan, officials knew that many in the growing city felt there was no room left to expand at the airport’s current site. One reason for the debate was the tremendous growth that has taken place at SAT since airport officials turned their focus to securing new air service in 2015.

San Diego Int’l Takes In-House Approach to Energy Management

San Diego Int’l Takes In-House Approach to Energy Management
At San Diego International Airport (SAN), energy planning and management runs in parallel with sustainability goals. As the airport has grown in recent years, officials identified the need for increased utility capacity and redundancy.

Denver Int’l Takes Deep Dive into Power System to Ensure Reliability & Resilience

Denver Int’l Takes Deep Dive into Power System to Ensure Reliability & Resilience
Like many other airports throughout the industry, Denver International (DEN) was unnerved when Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) experienced a massive power outage in December 2017. In addition to causing an 11-hour blackout at the nation’s busiest airport, the outage impacted air travel throughout the country and prompted airports around the globe to take a second look at their own power systems.

LaGuardia Opens New Concourse in Terminal B

LaGuardia Opens New Concourse in Terminal B
When the Western Concourse is completed, Terminal B will include a total of 35 gates and feature dual pedestrian bridges that span active taxi lanes and connect the main departures and arrivals hall (known as the headhouse) with the two island concourses. In all, there is 1.3 million square feet of new space. The larger project also includes a central hall, central heating and refrigeration plant, parking garage, associated airside development, roadway/bridge infrastructure serving the entire airport and utility upgrades.

Paine Field Adds Commercial Service in Stylish New Terminal

Paine Field Adds Commercial Service
After decades serving business and general aviation traffic, Paine Field-Snohomish County Airport (PAE) is adding scheduled passenger service out of a polished new terminal owned and operated by a private operator. The Everett, WA, airport will have 24 daily roundtrip flights to nine western U.S. markets when its schedule is in full swing this spring.

Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Develops Staff of Triple-Trained Public Safety Officers

Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Develops Staff of Triple-Trained Public Safety Officers
Until recently, the western Virginia airport contracted an outside company for on-call fire protection and employed seven conservators of the peace to work standard rotating shifts. In September 2016, ROA’s department was officially designated a police department by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, and all officers were sworn in as police officers. Now, an in-house team of 14 public safety officers provides police, fire and emergency medical services 24/7, and one police officer remains on staff.

Love Field Deploys Next-Generation Wireless System

Love Field Deploys Next-Generation Wireless System
Mark Duebner, director of Aviation for Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL), worked for the city of Dallas in various capacities before joining the airport team. (He was even the top civilian commander for the Dallas police.) As he amassed experience in various posts, Duebner developed a strong affinity for cultivating purposefully open and constructive relationships with vendors.

Long Beach Airport Reconstructs Busiest Runway

Long Beach Airport Reconstructs Busiest Runway
Closing the most-used runway at one of the busiest airports in southern California requires a great deal of advance planning, teamwork and coordination. That was the challenge facing Jess Romo, airport director at Long Beach Airport (LGB), for the first nine months of 2018.

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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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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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