Airport Consulting Weekly
Jan. 12, 2012

Airports hope FAA bill takes flight when lawmakers return
The Hill
The lobbying group for airports said that a new funding bill for the Federal Aviation Administration should be the first piece of legislation in line for takeoff when Congress gets back to work later this month. The current funding for the beleaguered agency, which was partially shut down in an appropriations fight last year, is set to expire Jan. 31. More

Tampa airport to consider $27.6 million airside-terminal upgrade
The Tampa Tribune
Tampa International Airport officials will consider a $27.6 million upgrade to an airside terminal to handle up to three wide-body international flights simultaneously. Airport chief executive Joe Lopano said Airside F improvements would enhance baggage and passenger flow through security and customs. "Beginning this fall, we will face a situation where both the Edelweiss flights serving Zurich and our daily British Airways flights will be arriving at Airside F within an hour of each other," Lopano said. More

FAA says human-led migration of whooping cranes can resume
USA Today
Nine young whooping cranes grounded in Alabama since December can resume their winter migration to Florida guided by their surrogate mother - an ultralight aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration decided. Because the endangered birds were in mid-migration, the FAA granted a one-time exemption to let Operation Migration continue, The New York Times says. More

Airlines concerned about Philadelphia airport expansion plan
Aviation Week
Airlines operating at Philadelphia International Airport are opposing an expansion plan that will add a fifth runway and extend two more, citing unrealistic expectations from the city's leaders and questionable cost projections. The charge is led by US Airways, which hubs at the airport and accounts for about 70 percent of all operations. The opposition also comes as the city of Philadelphia attempts to negotiate new lease terms with its airlines; US Airways' current deal, for instance, expires in 2013.More

JFK International Airport to take part in quicker screening process
The Star-Ledger
Some passengers flying out of John F. Kennedy International Airport soon will be able to keep their shoes and belts on during screening, leave their laptops in their cases and even carry a full bottle of shampoo onto the plane. More

County airport system to get $150,000 energy efficiency rebate
Sacramento Business Journal
The county airport system is set to receive a $150,000 rebate check from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District for Sacramento International Airport's new energy efficient terminal. The three-story terminal was designed to save enough energy to yield a greenhouse gas reduction of 793 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, or the equivalent of taking 165 cars off the road, according to Bob Kinert, principal energy adviser at SMUD. The airport's design team worked closely with SMUD to optimize the terminal’s energy performance. More

American Airlines to stop flying to Burbank, Calif.
The Los Angeles Times
Almost two months after its parent company filed for bankruptcy, American Airlines said it would eliminate its two to three daily flights in and out of Bob Hope Airport and end service to Burbank, Calif. It will also end direct flights to India. The financially troubled airline based in Fort Worth also announced that it planned to lay off 150 workers throughout the company, primarily because of the loss of a United States Postal Service domestic mail contract and the closing of an equipment refurbishment shop in St. Louis. More

A third Chicago airport goes nowhere, slowly
Wall Street Pit
Chicago's proposed third airport has been under discussion since the 1960s. But, as another year begins, the planned site in outlying Peotone, Ill., continues to host cornfields rather than runways. Supporters of the proposed airport say it would relieve congestion at Chicago's two existing airports, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport. More

Major fire at Delhi airport
The Hindu
A major fire broke out at the cargo terminal of Indira Gandhi International Airport in which offices of several airlines were gutted. No causalities or damage to the cargo consignment have been reported. The fire broke out at one of the airline offices on the first floor of the import side of the cargo terminal operated by Celebi and soon spread to adjoining offices of several international airlines. More

Spain's white elephant airport spends 30 million euros on advertising
The Telegraph
Castellon airport in Spain's Valencia region was inaugurated in March last year after an estimated 150 million euros was spent on its development.  But not a single aircraft has landed on its runways after the airport failed to secure a license and was unable to attract airlines to add the destination in their routes. More

London 2012: Olympic rings land at Birmingham Airport control tower
BBC News
The organizers of the London 2012 Olympic Games have announced that the control tower at Birmingham Airport will be decorated with Olympic Rings. The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said the rings would become a "welcome spectacular" for those flying in. More

Final week to receive early registration discounts for the 2012 Symposium
ACC
This Friday, Jan. 13, is the final date to receive discounts on registration to the 2012 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium. The Symposium is the world's premier technical program of its kind and will be held Feb. 29-March 2, 2012, in Denver, Colo. This unique technical event highlights the latest tools, methods, concepts and new ideas in airport development and operations. More

ACC welcomes new member
ACC
ACC has recently welcomed the following firm as a member. You can find out more information about these and all ACC members in the online directory.

Swanson Rink
Swanson Rink has a 60 year history providing innovative solutions for the aviation industry. This includes specific expertise in baggage handling systems, mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as telecom and security services that meet the needs of today's highly secure and complex system requirements.

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Handbook for Considering Practical Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Strategies for Airports
ACRP
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 56: Handbook for Considering Practical Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Strategies for Airports is designed to assist airport operators in identifying, evaluating, prioritizing, and implementing practical, low-cost strategies to reduce and manage greenhouse gas emissions. More