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Airport Consulting Weekly
Dec. 15, 2011
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Labor talks continue on FAA bill
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The White House has waded into debates with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on a sticky labor issue that has held up a new funding bill for the Federal Aviation Administration. All other outstanding issues have been worked out by congressional negotiators, but talks over the 2010 National Mediation Board rule that changed how airline industry union elections are calculated has hampered a deal for months. More

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Lawmakers form transportation security caucus
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Two lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee announced they were forming a "transportation security caucus." Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., said the new caucus galvanizes lawmakers who are "dedicated to issues related to the security of aviation, passenger rail, freight rail, pipelines, buses, public transit systems, commercial trucking and other transportation systems in the U.S." More

When airlines depart cities, businesses may follow
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Last month when Chiquita announced it was moving its corporate headquarters from Ohio to North Carolina, it said it was lured there in part by the number of flights in and out of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Cincinnati came out on the losing end of the deal because like so many other cities, it faces a shrinking airline hub, which can affect the city's business climate. More

Airport search complaints prompt calls for on-site advocates
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Two New York politicians urged the Transportation Security Administration to provide passenger advocates on site at airport screenings after four elderly women complained of intrusive searches by security agents in recent months. Senator Charles Schumer and State Senator Michael Gianaris told Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano and TSA Administrator John Pistole in a letter that an on-site passenger advocate would help strike the right balance between security and protecting vulnerable travelers. More

Gwinnett County, Ga., seeks proposals for Briscoe Field
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Gwinnett County, Ga., sought proposals from companies interested in leasing Briscoe Field. The county has discussed privatizing the airport near Lawrenceville for two years. On Thursday Gwinnett for the first time sought specific proposals from private firms. Proposals are due Feb. 8. More

Airports give kids a place to play
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Airport planners have finally learned what all parents already knew: Give kids a place to run around, and you'll have happier, calmer children on board planes, which can translate to happier passengers overall. At least 30 of the nation's major airports have (or will soon have) play areas, and some airlines have installed play spaces within their own terminals. More

International Airport News

Heathrow Airport resists capacity crunch as noise bar favors coastal hub
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London's Heathrow airport, hemmed in by urban sprawl and barred from adding a new runway, is turning to bigger jets and glitzier shops to keep growing in the face of a campaign to build a rival hub on the Thames estuary. Heathrow owner BAA Ltd. will widen taxiways to handle more A380 jets, adding seats, while an upgrade of its oldest terminal should lift retail sales, Chief Executive Officer Colin Matthews said in an interview. A government pledge to maintain a global hub in the U.K. may signal an easing of antipathy toward expanding the busiest international airport, Matthews said. More

Dubai Airports first in the Middle East to 'hire' virtual assistants
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Dubai Airports has brought on board four bilingual virtual assistants at Dubai International to communicate important travel information to the 50 million plus passengers that pass through the airport each year. The state-of-the-art digital signage solutions use the very latest in rear-projected audio visual technology to create the illusion of a real person, conveying helpful security and brand messages. It makes Dubai International the first airport in the region to use the technology. More

Greek airports post 8.9 percent rise in 11-month international arrivals
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International arrivals at Greek airports rose 8.9 percent in the first 11 months of 2011 from the same period a year earlier, according to data collected from 13 airports by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises. Passenger arrivals from abroad increased to 11.4 million from 10.4 million over the same period a year earlier, the Athens-based association said in a statement posted on its website. More

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Register now to learn the latest on the FAA Airports GIS Program!
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The FAA's new Airports GIS program, combined with new Advisory Circular (AC) requirements for geospatial and aeronautical data gathering and formulation, has brought about a major paradigm shift in the way airport data is handled. The new set of standards and policies significantly changes the way in which airports must collect data related to capital projects, master plans and ALPs, as well as how the data must be submitted to the FAA's new AIRPORTS GIS program. This new approach will provide a centralized data store that will ensure consistency and accuracy, and will provide for a common data access point for the FAA as well as the airport community. This workshop will educate airport professionals of all disciplines on the FAA's new requirements and their implications on airport projects and the FAA grant approval process. Workshop participants will understand what they need to do and how to get up and running with the FAA's AIRPORTS GIS protocols. More

Submit your nominations for the 2012 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence
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Presented each November at the ACC Annual Conference & Exposition, the ACC Aviation Award of Excellence recognizes the extraordinary contributions of an individual, group or organization to the airport and aviation industry that are visionary and innovative, have advanced the airport aviation industry, and have served the general public good. The ACC Awards Committee is currently accepting nominations for the 2012 Award of Excellence until Jan. 31, 2012. More


The Carbon Market: A Primer for Airports
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 57: The Carbon Market: A Primer for Airports provides information on carbon and other environmental credit trading markets, and highlights the potential opportunities and challenges to an airport's participation in these markets. More

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