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San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP)
These days, the internet is the first place many passengers check when looking for information about parking, concessions and other ground-based details regarding air travel. Good or bad, an airport’s website acts as its face and leaves an impression on customers.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
From Aug. 21-25, 2018, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) will serve as the official host for the annual Airport Business Diversity Conference, the flagship event of the Airport Minority Diversity Council (AMAC).
Flagler Executive Airport (FIN)
Flagler Executive Airport (FIN) in Palm Coast, FL, recently completed a $12.2 million project to relocate and extend its main runway. In doing so, management remedied several safety issues in one comprehensive construction program.
Charleston County Aviation Authority
Thanks to a new specialty leasing program that debuted at Charleston International Airport (CHS) this spring, customers can now purchase a sampling of local and regional goodies and gifts at small kiosks inside the airport terminal.
Nashville International (BNA)
The traffic profile at Nashville International (BNA) is completely different from what it was two decades ago, and a recent $30 million fuel farm renovation is helping the Tennessee airport handle the dramatic changes.
Edmonton International (EIA)
Edmonton International (EIA) is putting a new twist on airport retail with a landside mall that includes onsite boarding pass printers, flight status screens and other special features to convert passengers into shoppers, and vice versa.
Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
With passenger volume expected to reach 85 million by 2037, Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is taking steps to ensure its facilities are ready to meet the needs of passengers well into the future.
Colorado Springs Airport (COS)
Shortly before 11:00 p.m. on April 16, emergency 911 operators received a call about smoke and flames emanating from the roof of the terminal at Colorado Springs Airport (COS). Within minutes, the airport had a three-alarm fire on its hands.
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
Whether travelers visit Honolulu for business or the spectacular sun, sand and surf, most bring along multiple electronic devices to keep in touch with friends and associates.
Valley International (HRL)
When the time came for Valley International (HRL) to upgrade its aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) facility, officials at the Harlingen, TX, airport joined forces with their design team to create a building uniquely designed for firefighters.
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP)
Early last year, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) opened Cerulean Aviation and joined the growing ranks of commercial airports that run their own fixed base operators (FBOs).
San Diego International Airport (SAN)
When San Diego International Airport (SAN) decided to build its first parking garage, officials did not want a dingy gray concrete box. Instead, they asked designers to build a parking plaza.

Digital Upgrades at Sanford

Known as Central Florida's "Gateway to the Sun," Sanford International Airport (SFB) near Orlando is one of the busiest airports in the country. With the daunting responsibility of accommodating approximately two million travelers each year, SFB had good reason to step up its interest in the latest security technologies.

IT Achieves Master Plan Status

Typical airport master plans provide conceptual structure for future growth and improvements, with an emphasis on physical infrastructure like buildings and runways. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is taking a more progressive approach by supplementing the master plan for San Diego International Airport (SAN) with a companion information technology (IT) master plan.

Monroe County Creates Out-of-the Box Hangar Leases

Monroe County Airport (BMG), a Part 139 Class IV airport serving the Bloomington, IN, area, knows how to turn challenges into opportunities. Management and board members at this corporate class general aviation airport focus on their facility's strengths and, in so doing, find creative ways to meet new challenges and grow operations.

AVI Improves Taxi Operations at Dulles

Inspired by improvements to taxi operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA) applied similar technology down the pike at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) last spring.

Soft Drinks & Coffee Carry "Experiential Marketing" into Airport Industry

January brings not only a new year at Cleveland Hopkins International (CLE), but also a new source of revenue. The airport has signed a five-year agreement valued at $2 million, which grants exclusive pouring rights throughout the terminal to Pepsi Americas.

Solar Farm at Fresno Yosemite Sets Shining Example of Energy Efficiency

What began as a small idea to improve the rental car facility at Fresno Yosemite International Airport has blossomed into a much larger project that's expected to save the California airport millions of dollars in the coming years.

Here's to the Survivors

This issue of Airport Improvement provides you with great examples of airports leveraging resources already at hand or in other cases saving money by using new technologies or outside resources.

Aviation Infrastructure: Don't Spend. Invest.

Oil priced over $150 a barrel? The number of airlines slashed by a third? Not too long ago, such statements would have made people laugh. No one is laughing anymore.

Five Management Challenges Facing Airports Amid Uncertainty

Due to high fuel prices, a slowing economy and airline service cutbacks, the always-difficult job of an airport director is even more challenging today than in the past.

Welcome Friends

It's an exciting time. Records for passengers and revenues continue to be posted and summarily surpassed. The compounding growth has placed unprecedented demands on our airport infrastructure, and we're all working hard and fast to keep pace.

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Leveraging Technology Throughout the Airport SMS Lifecycle

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RECORDED: Thursday, September 7th, 2017 at 11:00 am EDT

Most airport layouts were designed when passengers played cards while waiting for a flight because an onboard meal was an expectation and the very idea of a smartphone would have been laughable.

What was once a mess of beam seating everywhere now has a multi-function use: part lounge, part cafe, part office and a wealth of amenities. New uses of spaces as well as new types of furniture are finding their way into the airport because today's passenger is really focused on getting to point B rather than the journey itself. Airport design and furniture elements have a stronger impact on the passenger experience than one may realize. There's the comfort. The durability. The usability.

Matt Dubbe from Mead and Hunt and Joe Agati from Agati Furniture will tackle these questions and others in: Airport Interiors are Experiencing Massive Change: What You Need to Know.

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Greenville-Spartanburg Int’l Switches to In-House Fixed Base Operator

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP)
Early last year, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) opened Cerulean Aviation and joined the growing ranks of commercial airports that run their own fixed base operators (FBOs). The South Carolina airport took the strategy one step further by also opting to provide cargo handling and ground support services for commercial charter flights.

San Diego Int’l Adds Covered Parking Plaza

San Diego International Airport (SAN)
When San Diego International Airport (SAN) decided to build its first parking garage, officials did not want a dingy gray concrete box. Instead, they asked designers to build a parking plaza.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Partners With Southwest to Renovate Terminal & Expand Capacity

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) recently completed a $333 million renovation of Terminal 1 to improve the experience for travelers and offer more operational capacity and flexibility.

Greenbrier Valley Airport Takes Over Management of Terminal Restaurant

Landings
When Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB) opened its new restaurant last fall, the West Virginia airport raised the concessions bar for rural airfields everywhere. The menu at Landings features selections such as arepas, bolitas de mofongo and profiteroles. The refined décor includes custom wood furniture and hand-blown light fixtures. Moreover, LWB manages the restaurant itself rather than hiring an outside operator.

Runway Extension/Rehab at Cherry Capital Gives Airlines a Literal Lift

With the completion of an award-winning runway project at Cherry Capital Airport (TVC), Traverse City, MI, is well prepared to welcome travelers to Northern Michigan for the summer tourist season. The $14 million project renovated and extended TVC’s primary runway to 7,015 feet, thus remedying previous operational limitations.

Airports Find Creative Ways to Purchase Luggage Carts

Acquiring and managing luggage carts can be an expensive proposition, but Lexington Blue Grass Airport (LEX) and Harrisburg International (MDT) lighten the load by rolling equipment costs into their parking contracts.

Nashville Int’l Transitions Shuttle Bus Fleet to Compressed Natural Gas

With its 10-year shuttle bus agreement nearing expiration a couple years ago, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority seized the opportunity to investigate alternative fuel options for Nashville International Airport (BNA).



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