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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.

Move Over Mardi Gras, New Orleans Int’l is Opening a New Terminal

Move Over Mardi Gras, New Orleans Int’l is Opening a New Terminal
Not that New Orleans needs a reason to party, but the opening of the new terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY) will surely merit some hearty celebrations. After nearly four years of construction and four delays of the opening date, the new 35-gate facility is scheduled to open this fall. But before the music plays and confetti flies, the airport has to make the move to its new home on the north side of the airfield.

Appleton Int’l Renovates Terminal, Partners With Local Hospital

Appleton Int’l Renovates Terminal, Partners With Local Hospital
With annual passenger growth of 7% to 25% over the last four years, Appleton International Airport (ATW) knew it was time to renovate its sole terminal. Last year, ATW became the third-busiest airport in Wisconsin and Bloomberg News ranked it as the fourth-fastest growing airport in the country; but it was still operating out of a facility originally built in the 1960s.

Dynamic Parking Prices & Online Reservations Prove Popular at Ontario Int’l

Dynamic Parking Prices & Online Reservations Prove Popular at Ontario Int’l
Ontario International (ONT) wasn’t looking for a digital parking upgrade. In fact, the Southern California airport was focused on adding a new lounge. In the end, it got both by issuing a request for proposals with intentionally wide parameters

Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Enhances Facilities With Runway Extension & Other Improvements

Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Enhances Facilities With Runway Extension & Other Improvements
South Carolina’s historic Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport (SPA) has undergone an extreme makeover of sorts in the last seven years to enhance its economic development role and help it better compete with neighboring airports. The multi-project effort was capped by a $30 million runway rehabilitation and extension that opened in October 2018.

New Arrestor Bed at DeKalb-Peachtree Signals Industry Change

New Arrestor Bed at DeKalb-Peachtree Signals Industry Change
The recently completed engineered materials arresting system (EMAS) at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK) is significant because it provides Atlanta’s primary airport for business aircraft with an FAA-compliant runway safety zone. As one of the last U.S. installations by the system manufacturer, the project also has industrywide implications.

Mitchell Int’l First in Industry to Host Goodwill Internship Program

Mitchell Int’l First in Industry to Host Goodwill Internship Program
An internship program at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is literally changing lives by providing invaluable work experience for young adults with disabilities. The initiative also enhances the airport’s culture and provides concessionaires with a new pool of candidates to meet their workforce needs.

Charleston Int’l Blankets Pre-Security Areas With Gunshot Detection Sensors

Charleston Int’l Blankets Pre-Security Areas With Gunshot Detection Sensors
There’s a poignant art exhibit at Charleston International Airport (CHS) about the church shooting that rocked the South Carolina city in 2015. The memorial includes a Bible open to the passage that victims were studying the night of the tragedy. For most, the multimedia display is a tribute to the nine people killed and five wounded in the racially charged incident.

Love Field Improves Checked Bag Resolution Area & Invests in RFID Tracking

Love Field Improves Checked Bag Resolution Area & Invests in RFID Tracking
In late 2018, Dallas Love Field (DAL) wrapped up an $8.8 million renovation to ease congestion in its Checked Baggage Resolution Area (CBRA). Looking beyond traditional fixes, the project team deployed Mobile Inspection Tables to speed the area’s flow and improve conditions for the TSA personnel who work there.

Dynamic Digital Display Illuminates New Check-in Canopy at Richmond Int’l

Dynamic Digital Display Illuminates New Check-in Canopy at Richmond Int’l
When Richmond International Airport (RIC) built its new terminal in 2007, the original budget included funds for an array of state-of-the-art digital displays in the passenger check-in area. However, escalating construction costs and subsequent value engineering resulted in a much different outcome.

Denver Int’l Expands Bag Drop Options With Valet Service at Remote Parking Lots

Denver Int’l Expands Bag Drop Options With Valet Service at Remote Parking Lots
As a follow-up to its popular transit station bag drop, Denver International Airport (DEN) debuted free luggage drops at two remote parking lots in November. The new sites up the ante with valet-style service. Earlier this year, the parking lot bag drops were handling about 3,500 pieces of luggage per month.

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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.

This seminar sets the record straight regarding RFID bag tags. What's true, what's not true, what are the best ways to deploy the technology, and what components are necessary. These are the issues which deserve additional clarity, and the webinar panel will address the assumptions that have been in place for years, and leave the attendee with the facts.

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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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