Airport Consulting Weekly
Jan. 23, 2014

Airfares continue to rise, up 12 percent since 2009
The Associated Press via
For the fourth year in a row, the price to board an airliner has increased, making it more and more expensive to fly almost anywhere.More

ACC mourns passing of NASAO President and CEO Henry Ogrodzinski
The aviation industry is mourning the passing of National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) President and CEO Henry Ogrodzinski. Henry joined NASAO in 1996 and also served alongside ACC President T.J. Schulz and Former ACC President Paula Hochstetler on the board of directors of the Aero Club of Washington. As part of his extensive career in aviation, he also served on boards for the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), the Board of Nominations for the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the Selection Committee for the annual Collier Trophy.

"The aviation industry lost an advocate and friend in Henry O. He will truly be missed," said ACC President T.J. Schulz. "Henry was a consummate professional and effectively served his membership as president of NASAO. His extensive career in aviation made him extremely knowledgeable about federal aviation programs and he consistently offered solutions for the challenges facing the aviation system and its stakeholders. ACC extends our deepest sympathies to his family and the NASAO organization."More

FAA looks to establish drone research center
Now that it has approved test sites for unmanned aerial systems, the Federal Aviation Administration is turning its attention to establishing a new center of excellence for drone research. The agency will first need to develop a research agenda for the center, but it plans to begin the selection process later this year, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said during a Jan. 15 hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.More

Airlines are no longer losers, and investors have noticed
Bloomberg Businessweek
It's three weeks into the new year and airline stocks are on a tear. Shares of the new American Airlines Group, now the world's largest carrier, closed at a new high of 30.02 to end last week, while Delta Air Lines, Southwest, and JetBlue Airways have all touched 52-week highs during January. United trades just below that mark.More

New York LaGuardia to get $3.6 billion makeover
The Associated Press via USA Today
Often described by travelers as dark, dingy, cramped, and sad, LaGuardia Airport is frequently ranked in customer satisfaction surveys as the worst in America.More

KDOT public airports safety and service enhancement project
The Kansas Department of Transportation has selected 27 projects to enhance safety and service at public use airports across the state. KDOT will reconstruct a ramp at the Fort Scott Municipal Airport, costing $58,000. Neodesha Municipal Airport will seal and mark its airfield pavements, costing $256,000.More

Beyond rocking chairs: airports race to upgrade
The Charlotte Observer
Charlotte, N.C.'s airport, already in the midst of building a new parking deck and entrance road, plans to embark on a major terminal renovation this year that could include nicer finishes, replacements for aging equipment and a new food court.More

$1.1 trillion FAA budget includes key genav initiatives
Aviation International News
A $1.1 trillion spending plan easily passed the House of Representatives and is awaiting action by the Senate. The omnibus appropriations bill ensures there will be no government shutdown for the foreseeable future. More

Chicago's O'Hare Airport ranked second busiest in the world
Chicago Business Journal
Once again, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport will have to settle for being the world's second busiest airport after Atlanta's Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport in terms of flight operations.More

Study shows Metro Airport pumps billions into Michigan's economy
A new study finds that Detroit Metropolitan Airport contributes billions of dollars to Michigan's economy. Tim Davis, Director of iLabs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Center for Innovation Research, said students surveyed 1,600 Metro Airport passengers last summer, asking whether they were just passing through, staying in Detroit or starting here and traveling elsewhere.More

New Orleans mayor reveals new plans for Louis Armstrong Airport
The Louis Armstrong International Airport is getting a major facelift as part of what the mayor is calling "the most transformative project for New Orleans since the Superdome."More

Large solar panel farm envisioned near Mitchell airport
Milwaukee Business Journal
Wisconsin's largest solar panel farm could be built on vacant land around General Mitchell International Airport under a Milwaukee County proposal. County Board members this month will consider approving a study to identify land around the airport where a large solar farm could be built. From there, the county would seek a private company to partner on the project, said board chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, lead sponsor of the proposal.More

Faith Group LLC acquires The Core Group Inc., gains M/E/P services
Faith Group LLC
As of Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, Faith Group, LLC a technology and security planning and consulting firm based in St. Louis, has acquired The Core Group, Inc. also located in St. Louis. Adding Core Group's knowledge and expertise will allow the combined firm to offer a full spectrum of complimentary professional services to reach an even broader range of industry markets.More

Atkins awarded civil engineering contract for automated people mover (APM) and parking complex at Orlando International Airport
As Orlando International Airport prepares to move forward with its $1.1 billion expansion program, Atkins has been selected to provide civil engineering design services for the Automated People Mover (APM) complex that will be developed to the south of the main airport terminal.More

Tijuana airport parking, just over the border
The New York Times
In the barren Southwest, a good portion of the 1,900-mile border between the United States and Mexico is being fortified with walls, electronic surveillance and trenches. But in San Diego, private investors on both sides of the border are taking a different tack, building a bridge to Tijuana International Airport with the expectation of turning it into a low-cost alternative to San Diego's boxed-in, one-runway airport.More

Aleppo airport reopens after a year: Syria state media
The Daily Star
Syria's Aleppo international airport, closed for a year because of fighting, reopened with the landing of a civilian aircraft, state media reported. "A first airplane landed at Aleppo's international airport, after the Syrian army secured the outskirts," state news agency SANA reported.More

Heathrow boosts top hub status as rivals feel Istanbul heat
London's Heathrow airport extended its lead as Europe's busiest hub last year after welcoming larger aircraft, as Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam saw their positions challenged by rapid growth at Istanbul Ataturk. More

Airport delay costing Air Berlin, says vice chairman
Etihad Airways chief executive James Hogan has expressed his frustration at delays to Berlin's new airport, saying it had been at "considerable financial penalty" to equity partner Air Berlin. Speaking on the sidelines of the UAE national carrier's launch of Etihad Regional airline in Zurich, Hogan publicly stated his support of Air Berlin's court action over the delays.More

ACC welcomes two new members
NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 450 million transactions daily across the travel, retail, financial, hospitality, telecom and technology industries.
Sightline, LLC
Sightline works with the airport industry to improve the effectiveness, durability, and efficiency of airfield markings. Our services include quality control, airfield marking audits (assessments) through our marking condition index program, training for airport operators and their staff, and marking evaluations for maintenance.

Best airports for stranded travelers
USA Today
Earlier this month a tsunami of snowstorms and bitter cold air (the so-called "polar vortex") forced the pre-emptive and day-of cancellation of tens of thousands of flights and hours-long delays for thousands of others. That wacky weather also left plenty of passengers stuck at airports large and small.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

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

Secretary Johnson opens new TSA PreCheck Application Center at Dulles Airport
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today joined Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole at Washington Dulles International Airport for the opening of the newest TSA PreCheck Application Center. More

Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues Update: 2008-2013
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Results Digest 19: Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues Update: 2008-2013 provides initial information for the 2013-2014 academic year of the Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues (ACRP Project 11-04).More