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Airport Consulting Weekly
May. 3, 2012
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When flying 720 miles takes 12 hours
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It took Josh Hunter three separate planes, two connections and a two-hour drive to get from Mobile, Ala., to Cincinnati at Easter. When he added it all up, his 720-mile trip had lasted 12 hours - about the same it would have taken him to drive. "The whole point of flying should be to save a lot of time, and I didn't," Mr. Hunter said. More

Domestic Airport News

Profiled at airport? There's an app for that.
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Sikh advocacy group launched a free mobile application that allows travelers to complain immediately to the government if they feel they've been treated unfairly by airport screeners. Launched at midnight Monday by the Sikh Coalition, the FlyRights app had fielded two complaints by 10 a.m. More

US wary of al-Qaida attack on aviation
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A top U.S. counter-terrorism official said al-Qaida apparently still is open to a plot to attack commercial aviation as it did on Sept. 11, 2001. John Brennan, chief counter-terrorism adviser to President Obama, said while al-Qaida has been significantly weakened, a high state of vigilance is still needed in the air-travel industry. More

TSA's PreCheck, a new passenger-screening program, could use a checkup
The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Is there a doctor in the house? Sea-Tac Airport recently became the 13th U.S. airport where the Transportation Security Administration is testing PreCheck, a new expedited security-screening system low-risk travelers, but already the system seems in need of a checkup. More

GPS jamming prompts renewed interest in system backup
Aviation International News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Last month AIN reported on the disturbing increase in reports of GPS interference and deliberate jamming and raised the question of continuing GPS reliability if these incidents (attributable to small portable jammers used by truckers to obfuscate their whereabouts) increase in numbers and transmitted power. We didn't touch on larger, coordinated cyberwarfare attacks from, say, a foreign adversary, although South Korea has reported these as being transmitted from its northern neighbor. More

Cincinnati airport prepares to unveil renovations
Coshocton Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Passengers traveling through the airport serving Cincinnati and northern Kentucky soon will see a new look designed to improve their experience and set the stage for future growth as the facility works to offset airline cuts. The newly renovated Concourse A at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Ky., will officially reopen May 15 after being closed since 2010. More

Congress on standby amid airline merger flap
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As the U.S. airline industry grapples with high fuel prices, carriers will continue to merge and provoke customer angst about ticket prices and service - but don't look for Congress to step in. Congress ultimately has taken a pass on preventing mergers between Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, and between United Airlines and Continental Airlines. More

Airports cope with workers' security check delays
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Employers at some U.S. airports are being allowed to hire workers without completing all background security checks because of a backlog in the screening process, federal officials said. In the past, new employees were required to undergo a Transportation Security Administration criminal background check and a security threat assessment before they could start working, partly because they have access to secure areas of an airport. More

JetBlue debuts its daily Boston service at DFW Airport
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A couple of New England lobsters arrived in style as JetBlue Airways launched its thrice-daily service between Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and Boston Logan Airport. The New York-based airline brought the live lobsters as gifts for Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price on its first flight to DFW. More

Airport wants 3-month rent waiver for terminal shops
Atlanta Journal-Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to give concessionaires three months rent-free in its new international terminal, after construction of their spaces was delayed amid challenges to the concessions contracts. The airport has not yet said how much that free rent amounts to in dollars for the concessionaires, which include restaurants, shops, duty-free retail and business and entertainment services. More

Pitching Duel: In Los Angeles, fight takes off over struggling airport
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Ontario International Airport, 35 miles east of Los Angeles, offers nonstop flights to just 15 cities. Daily departures have plummeted to 62, less than half the number five years ago. The international airport has one nonstop passenger flight out of the country, a three-hour trip to Guadalajara, Mexico. More

Plan proposed to build airport city near DIA
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A massive plan to turn the land surrounding the Denver International Airport into a city is moving forward. The plan calls for the city to include businesses, industry and agriculture. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is a major supporter of the proposal. "This is the airport and its surrounding partners leveraging their most valuable asset- land!" said Hancock. More

New airport TRAX line is in final push toward completion
The Salt Lake Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Light is finally appearing at the end of the tunnel for the new airport TRAX line. "The last big push will be this spring and summer," said Jim Webb, project manager for the Utah Transit Authority, noting the project is 80 percent complete. "We will probably be substantially complete in the fall of this year." More

International Airport News

Heathrow airport chaos damaging London's reputation, mayor says
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Long delays for passengers arriving at the city's largest airport risk damaging Britain's reputation in the run-up to this summer's Olympic Games, London's mayor warned. Boris Johnson wrote to Home Secretary Theresa May amid increasing concerns over lengthy lines at border control desks for those arriving at Heathrow Airport. More

Riyadh airport to triple capacity after expansion
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The capacity of Riyadh's King Khaled International Airport is expected to triple when expansion work that is set to begin in November will be completed in three years, senior officials of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) said. GACA Vice President Faisal Al-Sugair said preliminary studies and design work for the development and expansion of the Riyadh airport have been completed and the construction work will begin soon. More

Qatar says to spend $2 billion more on new airport
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Qatar will spend an additional $2 billion on its new international airport at Doha to accommodate aggressive expansion by its airline, a top government official said. "The ultimate phase of the airport is estimated to cost another $2 billion over the $15.5 billion," Akbar al Baker, member of the steering committee for the airport's development and chief executive of Qatar Airways, told reporters at a travel fair in Dubai. More

Low-cost carriers see double-digit growth in 2011
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Leading low-cost carriers enjoyed double-digit revenue growth in 2011 and collective passenger numbers rose nearly 12 percent. The latest Airline Business low-cost carrier survey showed revenues grew strong at virtually all of the more than 30 carriers 2011 financial results were available for. Southwest Airlines remains the largest budget operator by revenue and passenger numbers. Its revenues jumped nearly 30 percent to $15.7 billion when accounting for its 2011 acquisition of fellow low-cost carrier AirTran. More

ACC News

Attend the ACC 34th Annual Conference for your "Post-Recession Flight Plan"
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Mark your calendar and join us at the ACC 34th Annual Conference & Exposition in Bonita Springs, Florida! Under the theme of "Post Recession Flight Plan," conference topics will include expanding your partnerships; exploring the impacts of the 2012 election results to aviation; evaluating the latest emerging international trends; and deciphering the consequences of various airport funding scenarios. The conference will also feature the Awards Luncheon, where ACI-World Director General Angela Gittens will be honored with the ACC Aviation Award of Excellence for her leadership and advocacy within the airport sector. Make plans now to learn more about the business of airport development, broaden professional networks and catch up with industry colleagues. More

ACC Institute webinar: Educating the Local Airport Policy Maker - A Review of ACRP Report #58
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The administration and governance of an airport can prove quite challenging to a newly appointed policy maker, such as city/county officials or new airport commissioners.  While some serving in these roles may possess some aviation experience or business background, few assume these positions with a broad understanding of the myriad of issues that affect the operation, planning, and development of airport facilities. Airport owners and consultant can help educate these part-time policy makers or suggest a training program, such as that outlined in the Airport Cooperative Research Program's Report No. 58, "Airport Industry Familiarization and Training for Part-time Airport Policy Makers." Register now to take part in this ACC Institute webinar taking place on Thursday, May 17 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. More

Presentations on access control technologies solicited
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A government-industry working group - RTCA Special Committee 224 - is seeking presentations on security technologies and products for its work in updating the Integrated Security System Standard for Airport Access Control. U.S. commercial service airports use this document as the primary resource for minimum performance standards used to design airport access control systems and related electronic security systems. The document also serves as the basis for meeting minimum requirements to receive Federal Aviation Administration grants-in-aid funding for airport development.


DRAFT AC 150/5300-13A, Airport Design
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Contains the FAA standards and recommendations for airport design. This draft substantially revises AC 150/5300-13 to incorporate all changes to that document as well as new standards and technical requirements.

This AC:
•    Introduces the Runway Design Code (RDC), the Runway Reference Code (RRC), and the Taxiway Design Group (TDG) concept for fillet design
•    Expands the discussion on Declared Distances and the Runway Protection Zone (RPZ)
•    Establishes a minimum separation between non-intersecting runways
•    Includes Runway Incursion Prevention geometry for new construction
•    Consolidates many design tables into an interactive Runway Design Requirements Matrix
•    Adds hyperlinks to other documents and to make it easier to navigate within this document

Comments are requested by July 6, 2012. Please visit the page to access the draft AC and read procedures for submitting comments.

Auditors: FAA needs master plan to get projects on schedule
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The Federal Aviation Administration's efforts to upgrade its air traffic control system to feature satellite-based communication capabilities is over schedule, according to a Transportation Department Inspector General audit. FAA's NextGen program, which will include GPS tracking in air traffic control, is dependent on other programs and has caused ripple effects of lateness as a result, FierceGovernment IT reports. More

TSA has deployed optimal systems at the majority of TSA-regulated airports, but could strengthen cost estimates
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The Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Electronic Baggage Screening Program (EBSP) reports that 76 percent of the airports (337 of 446) the agency regulates for security have a mix of in-line and stand-alone baggage screening configurations that best meet airport needs (i.e., optimal systems). However, only 36 percent (10 of 28) of the nation's larger airports - based on factors such as the total number of takeoffs and landings annually - have complete optimal systems. More

TSA PreCheck begins at Orlando International Airport
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the start of TSA PreCheck operations at Orlando International Airport (MCO). TSA PreCheck is a passenger pre-screening initiative and at MCO select Delta frequent flyers and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits when traveling domestically. More

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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