Airport Consulting Weekly
Jan. 16, 2014

House approves bipartisan spending bill
The House approved and sent to the Senate a landmark $1.1 trillion spending bill that fills in the blanks of December's budget agreement and sets a new template for appropriations for the remainder of President Barack Obama's second term.More

Can machines keep you safer at airports than humans?
Airports worldwide are starting to replace security officials with machines to identify passengers, and those machines could soon start checking your bags. The machines should make the check-in process safer and more efficient, allowing passengers a stress-free flying experience. But some think reliance on automated security poses a host of potential dangers.More

Plans to open airline service to 2nd Atlanta airport delayed
By Matt Falcus
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta has been the busiest in the world in terms of passengers handled since 1998. Yet what makes it unusual is that it is one of the only airports in the busiest top 10 that does not have a direct competitor. A plan to open an alternative airport serving Atlanta has existed since 1975 when land was purchased in Paulding, Ga. Eventually, in 2007, some of this land was used to build a new general aviation field known as Paulding County Regional Airport. However, four months ago a plan was made public to attract airline service to the site, now known as Silver Comet Field at Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport.More

FCC rule would lift in-flight call ban
The Hill
The Federal Communications Commission moved forward with a contentious plan to end the agency's ban on in-flight phone calls, proposing a rule that would allow individual airlines to decide whether travelers can talk, text and surf the Web.More

Bar code tags help airlines cut lost baggage claims
The Washington Post
If your luggage has been lost recently, you're not going to want to hear or believe this, but the airlines have been doing a much better job since the days before the bar-coded luggage-tracking bag tags were invented.More

Representatives of Southwest Airlines urge caution on costly new KCI terminal
Kansas City Star
Want a spiffier airport, Kansas City, with more amenities, roomier gates and more practical security screening? Aviation experts say that's what's needed to replace an antiquated facility. But the folks who strive to make a buck flying passengers in and out of the city said it likely won't tempt them to steer more flights to Kansas City International Airport.More

Travel industry lauds decision to scrap flight fee hike
USA Today
Factions of the travel industry praised the $1 trillion spending bill that Congress is expected to approve this week, after dodging a higher fee proposed on international tickets. Immigration inspection user fees had been poised to rise from $7 to $9 on each ticket under the Senate version of the legislation. But the final compromise dropped the fee, which would have raised $185 million per year. The reversal came after airlines, pilots and consumer groups voiced opposition to taxing airlines but not buses or trains for international arrivals.More

EASA: 2013 safest year for a decade
Air Transport World
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said 2013 was the safest year in a decade for commercial air transport. According to EASA, there were 17 fatal accidents worldwide last year involving large commercial air transport aircraft, compared to a yearly average of 27, which was fewer than any other year in the last decade. As a result, there was also a significant decrease in the number of fatalities worldwide, down to 224 in 2013, compared to a yearly average of 703 between 2003 and 2012.More

New York City airports combine to set all-time passenger record
USA Today
The combined passenger totals for the four New York City-area airports set an all-time record in 2013, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced. Combined, the four airports — JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and Newburgh/Stewart — handled 111.6 million passengers in 2013. That was up over the 109.4 million combined passengers that flew through the four airports in 2012 and eclipsed the 2007 record of 109.4 million.More

Ice storm cost DFW $2 million
The ice storm that blanketed North Texas in early December cost Dallas/Fort Worth Airport about $2 million, officials said, as bills from the four-day weather event continue to pile up. Over 2,100 flights were canceled and 9,500 passengers stayed overnight at the terminals on cots during the ice storm, which started Dec. 6. The airport obtained 450 hotel rooms at discount rates for passengers and provided more than 6,700 cups of coffee, bottles of water and snacks. More

US government wants Santa Monica Airport suit tossed
Aviation International News
The U.S. government filed a response to a lawsuit filed against it by the city of Santa Monica, Calif., which is seeking to establish its right to control future use of the Santa Monica Airport property. The city believes that it did not relinquish title to the airport when it leased the property to the U.S. government during World War II. When the government relinquished the leasehold on Aug. 10, 1948, it stipulated that the property must remain an airport. More

US Air, American Airlines beginning integration
The Hill
US Airways and American Airlines will begin sharing codes on their flights, which means passengers can book travel on one airline and travel on the other, the companies announced this week. The code sharing will begin on Jan. 23, according to the announcement. More

Tussling over a name for Beijing's new airport
The New York Times
What's in an airport name? In Beijing, a debate has begun over the name of a planned new international airport, the capital's second. The front-runners are Daxing, Jingji, Lixian, Yongding, Yufa and Zhuque, with the struggle between the two favorites, Daxing and Lixian, seeming to rest on this: What image does China want to present to the world? Money or virtue? More

Advent unit debt sinks in Mexican airport contract dispute
Bonds issued by an Advent International Corp. unit are posting the second-biggest selloff in emerging markets this month after the Mexico City airport said its concession expired at the end of 2013. More

Ambitious art on display at Mumbai's new airport terminal
The New York Times
Airports are normally places people want to rush in and out of, but the developers of the new Terminal 2 at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai hope to change that. Among the many benefits for flyers coming through Terminal 2 is the opportunity to take in a vast amount of traditional and contemporary Indian art via an ambitious public arts program. More

US spending bill allows Abu Dhabi customs facility
Aviation International News
Airline industry groups complained that the omnibus appropriations bill that observers expect the U.S. Congress will pass this week does not prevent the Customs and Border Protection agency from opening a controversial customs pre-clearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport.More

Trial starts over Air Berlin damage claim against delayed BER airport
Deutsche Welle
A German court has begun hearing a claim for damages brought by Air Berlin against the operators of Berlin's planned Brandenburg Airport. The airline seeks compensation for losses due to the airport's delayed opening. More

ACC welcomes two new members
Airport Seating Alliance
Airport Seating Alliance supplies commercial seating for passenger waiting areas, airports, train stations, bus terminals and hospitals worldwide.

FLIR Systems, Inc.
FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and integration of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness. FLIR’s advanced thermal imaging, radar, sonar, and threat detection systems are used for a wide variety of land and maritime security applications, including civil and military airports, seaports and critical infrastructure facilities.More

ACC Engineering Committee conference call
On Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, members of the ACC Engineering Committee participated in a conference call with FAA representatives, John Dermody and Khalil Kodsi. Members of the committee were provided with an update on draft Advisory Circulars currently under review as well as Advisory Circulars that are coming out. Minutes from the call will be sent out to members of the ACC Engineering Committee. For further information on this call, please contact Matt Griffin.More

IT master planning ... not one size fits all!
Learn specific strategies for IT master planning for airports of all sizes at the ACC/AAAE Airport Technology Workshop being held in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 29. A session being moderated by Mark Adams, RCDD, NTS, a senior systems project manager with Ross & Baruzzini, will feature short presentations from three experienced airport IT managers representing small, medium and large airports. Each of the panelists will define how IT Planning or "IT Master Planning" is done at their airport, what the airport's program consists of, and the current hot IT topics. Following the presentations, the session will move to an interactive Q&A session among the panelists and the audience. Bring your current IT dilemmas and curiosities to the session and get feedback from these panelists!More

New York City airports combine to set all-time passenger record
USA Today
The combined passenger totals for the four New York City-area airports set an all-time record in 2013, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced.More

Berlin Brandenburg Airport will not open this year, says Berlin's Mayor
The Moodie Report
The opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport has been delayed by at least another year as problems continue to delay the facility's start-up.More

Gov. Cuomo: New York to do JFK, LaGuardia construction
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
During his state of the state address in Albany, N.Y., New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for the state to take over construction projects at LaGuardia Airport and Kennedy International Airport.More

Secretary Foxx announces 10 new members to FAA Management Advisory Council
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx appointed 10 new members to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Management Advisory Council. The council advises the FAA on management, policy, spending and regulatory matters.More

Addition of Errata Sheet for AC 150/5340-1L on FAA website
The FAA has recently added the following to the New and Revised Airports Advisory Circulars page on the FAA website: Errata Sheet for AC 150/5340-1L, Standards for Airport Markings.  This errata sheet logs content and/or coding errors identified after the AC was signed on September 27, 2013.  These errors have been corrected in the PDF version of the AC available on the FAA website.More

ACRP begins accepting problem statements for FY2015
The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is soliciting problem statements identifying research needs for the Fiscal Year 2015 Program. These submittals form the basis for selection of the annual ACRP research program. They are not proposals to conduct the research but are used to identify potential research needs only. It is easy to develop and submit a problem statement for consideration. Most are 1-3 pages in length using the enclosed outline.More