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Airport Consulting Weekly
Mar. 29, 2012
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Obama nominates interim FAA chief for full term
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Interim Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta was appointed to a full five-year term atop the aviation agency by President Barack Obama. Huerta assumed the helm of the FAA in December when Obama's first aviation chief Randy Babbitt resigned after a drunk driving arrest. Babbitt, who was arrested in Fairfax, Va., after a police officer spotted him driving on the wrong side of the road, was in the middle of a five-year term of his own at the time of Huerta's interim appointment. More


Domestic Airport News



Airport, railroad reach agreement; runway project can move ahead
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The last and biggest piece of the Gary/Chicago International Airport runway expansion has been signed, and now work can continue on the $162 million project without legal concern. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson announced at a news conference at the airport that with the help of her office, the airport and Canadian National Railway have signed both the purchase and sale agreement for the easements needed for the track relocation and the design and engineering contracts governing the technical and engineering aspects of the project. The move brings the airport "one step closer to Federal Aviation Administration guidelines," she said. More

Airport body scanners go unused, waste millions, report concludes
Bloomberg News via The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some of the body scanners that peer through passengers' clothing at U.S. airport checkpoints often go unused, wasting millions of dollars, a government report found. Scanners at a portion of the airports were used as little as 5 percent of the days after they were installed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Stephen Lord, director of homeland security and justice issues at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), said in testimony prepared for a House hearing. More

TSA, CBP 'going forward' with ACAS program
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The U.S. Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are moving forward with their joint Air Cargo Advance Screening pilot program, TSA Administrator John Pistole told AirCargo 2012 attendees in Miami. Pistole, who reiterated airfreight's vulnerability to a terrorist attack, believes the ability to provide shipment-level data prior to takeoff will help the airfreight industry mitigate risk. More

A simple plan to relieve airport congestion
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The bankruptcy filing by American Airlines a few months ago signals that the U.S. aviation industry is once again primed for dramatic change. American Airlines is the last of the major U.S. carriers to seek bankruptcy protection, as most of the other big carriers have completed restructurings or mergers that have reduced the number of full-service carriers from seven in 2005 to just four today. More

Regalado announces plan to retire from MNAA June 30
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Raul Regalado, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, has announced his plan to retire on June 30. "I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve the MNAA organization and its people during the numerous challenges that have confronted this industry over the past decade," Regalado says. "I now look forward to taking on selective management consulting projects, along with mission work to help alleviate world poverty." More

Board OKs partial budget for BOS terminal renovations
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The Massachusetts Port Authority Board has approved a partial budget of $20 million for renovations and improvements to Terminals B, C and E at Boston Logan International (BOS). The project will give a new home to United Airlines in Terminal B, allow jetBlue to continue to grow in Terminal C and provide enhanced customer service with post-security connections between the two sides of Terminal B and between Terminals C and E. More

Airport introduces celebrity chef-driven restaurants
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New York's LaGuardia airport, which was recently rated the worst major airport in America by both JD Power and Associates and Zagat Survey, is getting a major upgrade. Delta Air Lines announced its latest expansion into Terminal C will offer five chef-driven restaurants, an expansive food hall, causal take-out joints and fresh markets. The new program will bring together culinary talent such as Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Carmellini, Anne Burrell and Aaron Sanchez. More

New Alaska Airlines terminal dedicated at LAX
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Trying to reverse its low grades from the flying public, Los Angeles International Airport marked a milestone in its modernization program by dedicating a $238-million renovation of one of its aging passenger terminals. The remodel of Terminal 6, the new home of Alaska Airlines, includes a variety of improvements to bag check, ticketing, security screening, waiting areas at gates and more. More

International Airport News



Self-service baggage-drop first for Montréal-Trudeau
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Montréal-Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport has become the first airport in North America to introduce self-service baggage drop-off points for passengers. Operator, Aéroports de Montréal (ADM), which earlier in the day announced that the airport handled 13.7 million passengers in 2011, says the new service means that passengers can complete the entire check-in process themselves. More

New London airport considered on Thames Estuary
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Fifty miles southeast of this city's glittering skyscrapers lies a quiet patch of sea that looks like any other. Only container ships disturb its peace, and the distant coast is a sleepy stretch of marsh and farm fields. If London Mayor Boris Johnson has his way, this expanse of water at the mouth of the Thames river could be transformed into one of the world's biggest and busiest airports. More

Kuwait plans airport tender worth up to $2.9 billion
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Kuwait will launch an initial tender for construction of a second terminal at its international airport in coming weeks, a project worth around 700-800 million dinars ($2.5-$2.9 billion). The project should be finished by late 2016, state-run news agency KUNA quoted the undersecretary for the ministry of works, Hossam al-Tahous, as saying in an interview, adding 16 international companies had expressed interest. More

Airbus sees airline industry demanding 28,000 new planes next 20 years
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The global airline industry will demand 28,000 new passenger airplanes over the next 20 years to meet organic growth and replace aging planes, Airbus executive Rafael Alonso said. Airbus sees air traffic growing at a rate of 4.8 percent a year for the next two decades. Growth in Asia will lead demand, Alonso, the aircraft manufacturer's vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, told Dow Jones on the sidelines of the 17th biannual FIDAE Air and Space Show. More

Boeing: Latin America carriers to need 2,500 jets over 20 years
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Latin America's airline sector will need nearly 2,500 airplanes over the next 20 years to continue its development, Van Rex Gallard, Boeing Co.'s (BA) vice president of sales for Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean, said. The airline industry is key for economic growth in the region as it creates jobs, contributes to governments with several kinds of taxes, and is important for the development of Latin American countries, he added. More

ACC News



New ACC Institute webinar reviewing security convergence and insider threat mitigation
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Airports manage a complex set of security information on a daily basis between physical access control, perimeter intrusion detection, video surveillance and other systems. A common challenge is not only monitoring these systems in a correlated manner, but identifying anomalies between them. Through security convergence, airports now have an effective tool to connect the dots as an answer to insider threat. This webinar discusses the value of security convergence in airport terms, describes a range of potential components and capabilities, and shares a real-world example from a prominent U.S. commercial airport. More

FAA/TSA/ACRP News



Elimination or Reduction of Baggage Recheck for Arriving International Passengers
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 61: Elimination or Reduction of Baggage Recheck for Arriving International Passengers identifies potential alternative procedures that might be implemented to help reduce or eliminate the need for the recheck of baggage for arriving international passengers at U.S. airports. More

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