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Airport Consulting Weekly
July 30, 2009
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Terminal Case: Rethinking the Ticket Hall
from MSNBC
With apologies to George Carlin, if airports are all about going places, why do you begin your trip in a terminal? Is it a) because early airports took their cues from the railroad industry and its famous "terminus" stations, b) because plane station just sounds silly or c) because they're where dreams of easy, stress-free travel go to die? More

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Domestic Airport News

Naming Official Brands Could Bring Metro Airport Big Bucks
from The Detroit Free Press
If the operator of Detroit Metropolitan Airport gets its way, sports leagues and stadiums won't be the only ones with official brands. In an effort to boost revenues, the Wayne County Airport Authority is considering forming exclusive sales and advertising deals with companies to create official brands for North America's 13th-busiest airport, according to documents obtained by the Free Press. More

Air Travelers Can Expect Fewer Flights This Fall
from The Associated Press via Yahoo! Finance
Airline passengers will see fewer nonstop flights, less convenient travel options and possibly higher ticket prices and fees in the coming months as major carriers make big capacity cuts this fall season for the second year in a row. More

How a New Runway at O'Hare Makes Travel Easier for All
from The Wall Street Journal
Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is no longer the tar pit of the nation's air-transportation system. In the eight months since a new runway opened at the U.S.'s second-busiest airport, plagued for decades with lengthy flight delays, O'Hare has operated with above-average on-time arrivals—better than Dallas, Atlanta and Denver in 2009, according to FlightStats.com. More

Airport Travelers Pace Themselves for Endurance, not Speed
from the American Institute of Physics
In the bustle of today's sprawling airports, moving walkways seem to provide a fast lane for baggage-burdened passengers hustling to reach their flights on time. But travelers who use these conveyor belts actually tend to walk slower and reach their destinations only slightly faster than those who stick to solid ground. More

International Airport News

Losses Up at BAA London Airports
from the BBC
Losses have tripled at the three London airports owned by BAA, due to a larger pension fund deficit and falls in the value of Heathrow's older terminals. More

Macquarie Airports to Buy Management Rights
from Reuters
Australian investment firm Macquarie Airports (MAP) will buy back management rights from Macquarie Group for around A$300 million ($244 million), the Australian Financial Review newspaper reported on Friday. More

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ACC News

ICAO-ACC Interface via FAA Initiated
Opportunities for ACC members to interface with the International Council of Airport Operators (ICAO) via FAA were explored during a meeting at FAA Headquarters on July 29. These opportunities pertain to a variety of issues including changes to ICAO Aerodrome design standards. FAA Acting Associate Administrator for Airports Division Kate Lang, Manager of Airport Safety and Standards Airport Engineering Division Rick Marinelli, Alex Van Groenewoud, ACC Globalization & International Affairs Committee Chair with Hatch Mott MacDonald and ACC President Paula Hochstetler agreed to an initial course of action to facilitate interaction between ICAO and the ACC membership.

ACC Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity
On July 23, ACC staff spent the day volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore warehouse in Fort Belvoir, Va. Habitat for Humanity ReStores accept donated home improvement goods and resells them for a fraction of the retail price, providing a socially and environmentally conscious way to fund the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes. More

USTDA U.S. & Sub-Saharan Africa: Partners in Aviation Conference
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Commercial Service are presenting the U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa: Partners in Aviation Conference on October 26 – 28, 2009 in Atlanta. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is a region poised to improve its aviation infrastructure, offering U.S. aviation firms key opportunities. The conference will bring together SSA aviation stakeholders with U.S. aviation suppliers to strengthen strategic and commercial relationships between the aviation industries of SSA and the U.S. ACC is partnering with USTDA in promoting this unique opportunity for airport development businesses. More

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FAA/TSA/ACRP News

TSA: New Technology at South Florida Airports Means Waits of 10 Minutes or Less at Security Lines
from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Remember when you could show up at the airport 15 minutes before a flight and still catch your plane? Those days, prior to Sept. 11, 2001, are long gone. Yet in the past year, flying has become easier as clearing security has become faster. More

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