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Airport Consulting Weekly
Mar. 8, 2012
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Airline passenger travel to nearly double in 2 decades
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its annual forecast projecting airline passenger travel will nearly double in the next 20 years. The report underscores the need to continue moving forward with implementation of FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) to accommodate the projected growth. More


Domestic Airport News



Lawmakers press Obama to drop private jet tax increase
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A bipartisan pair of lawmakers in the House of Representatives are calling on President Obama to ground his proposal to raise taxes on private airplane take-offs. In his $3.8 trillion budget proposal for the 2013 fiscal year, Obama reiterated a call for a per-takeoff fee on flights that could run as high as $100. He had first included the idea in the suggestions he made to the failed supercommittee of lawmakers tasked with cutting a minimum of $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit. More

American Airlines, MIA settle feud over new baggage-handling system
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Miami International Airport and its dominant carrier, American Airlines, have settled a feud over a new baggage-handling system, agreeing to begin using the new system within a month, both sides said. Airport and federal transportation officials have said for some time that the $215 million baggage system in the new North Terminal is ready to begin service. However, American, fearing lost or mishandled baggage, had balked at placing passenger bags on the 14-mile network of conveyor belts, chutes and explosives-detection equipment.
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Airports' economic impact grows as federal support wanes
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U.S. commercial airports combined rank as the nation's second largest employer after Wal-Mart, directly supporting 1.3 million jobs in 2010, according to a study commissioned by the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA). The 490 airports analyzed supported 10.5 million jobs overall, accounting for an annual payroll of $365 billion and $1.2 trillion in economic output, which includes airport activities, visitor spending and construction. More

Rhode Island airport operators OK runway deal with Warwick
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A deal allowing a long-planned runway expansion to proceed at Rhode Island's main airport cleared another hurdle, bringing T.F. Green Airport closer to improvements that could attract longer national and international flights. The Rhode Island Airport Corporation's board of directors approved an agreement that would end litigation over plans to extend the main runway by 1,500 feet. The Warwick City Council approved the proposal. More

Airports becoming classy shopping complexes
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Cafeteria. Camping ground. Transportation hub. Travelers know that airports can take on many identities. Now, around the country, they are taking on a new role - as classy shopping complexes, not just endless strips of newsstands, souvenir shops and fast-food outlets tucked between departure gates. More

What does the future hold for regional airports?
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Travelers living near smaller airports have noticed an inconvenient trend: reduced availability of flights at their home airport coupled with soaring ticket prices. In the current economy, the less profitable smaller markets have been first to get cut when airlines implement cost savings measures, either through discontinuation of service or greatly reduced capacity which drives up prices. More

Villaraigosa says Los Angeles has no plans to sell Ontario Airport
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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says the city of Los Angeles has no plans to sell Ontario Airport. Villaraigosa told a group of Inland Empire officials and business leaders that the city will not sell the airport, which has seen a sharp drop in travelers. Ontario officials, who claim travelers are being driven to Los Angeles International Airport at their city's expense, want to gain control of the airport. More

Airline Trade Group: The business of flying is tough
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For airlines, it ain't easy making a buck. In fact, even a penny is out of reach. Airlines for America, a trade association for major U.S. carriers, says the industry earned less than half a penny in profits for every $1 of revenue generated during 2011. The poor financial performance wasn't a fluke. Over the past decade, airlines have lost a collective $50 billion. More

NextGen procedures underway at Charlotte, Atlanta metroplexes
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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Delta Air Lines, US Airways and other stakeholders have officially kicked off an airspace and flight procedures modernization project for the high density Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., area metroplexes, regions where several airports service one main metropolitan area. More

Connecticut's Bradley Airport announces system informing airlines of delays after 2 incidents
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Four months after passengers were stranded for hours at Bradley International Airport for the second time in little more than a year, aviation officials announced a new alert system they say will help prevent the problem. Federal and state transportation officials say a new digital system to inform airlines of ground delays would have prevented past problems. The system will allow Bradley to issue a "Notice to Airmen" electronically through the Federal Aviation Administration's national system. More

International Airport News



London Southend airport: flying under the radar (and to the left of the pier)
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In one small, sunny corner of south-east England, many miles from the congested M4 corridor, is a sight to make the owners of Heathrow weep with envy. Under the benevolent gaze of local parishioners, construction workers finish surfacing a brand-new runway, and - even as it lops off the corner of his churchyard - the vicar is going along to the opening celebrations. More

Airport battle splits Frankfurt as court date nears
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Retired architect Christian Neunert never dreamed he would be taking part in protest rallies for the first time at the age of 71. Yet, for the fifth week running, he will ignore his long-held view that only grungy tree-huggers take part in demonstrations, and travel with friends from his home in Mainz to Frankfurt airport to demand Europe's third-busiest airport shrink in size. More

Dubai eyes funds for airport, goes slow on new facility
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Dubai is examining ways of raising finances to expand its aviation infrastructure, a plan focused on its existing airport as it goes slow on a $34 billion new facility designed to become the biggest in the world. The emirate is in talks with external consultants to come up with a structure to access the financial market, Dubai Airports Chief Executive Paul Griffiths told Reuters in an interview. More

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New ACC Institute webinar reviewing Irregular Operations, ACRP Report 65
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This webinar will provide participants with a summary of how to use the recently completed ACRP guidebook focused on developing Airport Irregular Operations (IROPS) contingency plans. Events over the past 12-18 months have demonstrated that IROPS events can happen at any time and those airports and airlines that are not prepared to address these events have resulted in significant passenger harm and public relations nightmares for airports. Such incidents have been considerably reduced in number at airports that have developed and implemented their own comprehensive, coordinated plan for dealing with IROPS situations. Participants in the webinar will gain an understanding of how to use the guidebook to assess existing IROPS plans or develop a new plan to meet their needs. More

Elite exchange of technical expertise in Denver
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Thanks to the more than 650 attendees, sponsors and exhibitors who joined us in Denver, Colo., last week and made the 2012 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium such a tremendous event. A special thanks to Symposium Chairman Terry Palmer with Magnussen Klemencic Associates, Inc., and Vice Chair JJ Morton with Kimley-Horn and Associates, and the track hosts who developed and oversaw an outstanding set of sessions: Mark Kuttrus, Parsons Brinckerhoff (Planning); Matt Dubbe, Mead & Hunt, Inc. (Terminal/Landside); Brian Phillips, The Burns Group (Engineering/Airside); Carl Newth, Syska Hennessy Group (PM/CM); Mary Ellen Eagan, Harris Miller Miller & Hanson, Inc. (Environmental/Energy); Nora Richardson, LeighFisher (Finance); Jane Ahrens, Gresham Smith & Partners (Sustainability); and John Powell, SITA (Airport IT).

FAA/TSA/ACRP News



Guidebook for Airport Irregular Operations (IROPS) Contingency Planning
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 65: Guidebook for Airport Irregular Operations (IROPS) Contingency Planning is designed to help guide commercial passenger service airports of all sizes to develop, continually evaluate, and update their contingency plans for procedures pertaining to irregular operations (IROPS) that may cause significant disruptions to customers. More

TSA saves money through risk-based passenger screening
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The Transportation Security Administration's move from a one-size-fits-all to a risk-based model in airline passenger screening in recent years is saving the agency money, TSA Administrator John Pistole said. Reviewing the past year's accomplishments in a speech at the National Press Club, Pistole noted that TSA's recent fiscal 2013 budget request represents a nearly $200 million decrease over the previous year's. More

Guidebook for Measuring Performance of Automated People Mover Systems at Airports
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 37A: Guidebook for Measuring Performance of Automated People Mover Systems at Airports is designed to help measure the performance of automated people mover (APM) systems at airports. The guidebook identifies, defines, and demonstrates application of a broad range of performance measures encompassing service availability, safety, operations and maintenance expense, capacity utilization, user satisfaction, and reliability. More

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