Airport Consulting Weekly
Feb. 14, 2013

Dallas, Miami and Charlotte are the busiest airports for merged American Airlines, US Airways
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The merger of American Airlines and US Airways will create the world’s largest airline, one with a strong presence along the East Coast as well as in Dallas, Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles and in London. Here is a look at what percent of the combined airline's capacity flows through its top 15 airports, according to airline consultancy Ionosphere Capital.More

Stuck at the airport? Yay!
The Associated Press via Philadelphia Inquirer
Getting stranded at an airport once meant hours of boredom in a kind of travel purgatory with nothing to eat but fast food. These days, it can seem more like passing through the gates of Shangri-la to find spas, yoga studios, luxury shopping, and restaurant menus crafted by celebrity chefs in terminals with calming, sleek design.More

Fewer passengers stuck on tarmacs last year
USA Today
Airlines had fewer lengthy tarmac delays last year than they did in 2011, almost two years after the federal government began curbing the practice. New data released by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics showed that there were 42 tarmac delays of longer than three hours on domestic flights in 2012, down from 50 in 2011.More

Des Moines airport sees 13.3 percent more passengers this January
Des Moines Register
Iowa's largest commercial airport seems poised to keep up the momentum it built during a record-breaking 2012. Officials with Des Moines International Airport said that the number of passengers last month surpassed the total in January 2012 by 13.3 percent. More

Puerto Rico moves to privatize airport, finds mixed reactions
Gov. Garcia Padilla recently received his first protest, courtesy of his administration's support for the public-private partnership concerning the Island's main airport, the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport. More

At airports, fliers' shopping options multiply
USA Today
Airports are looking more like bustling bazaars these days. A number of airports around the U.S. and Canada are expanding their retail areas with high-end shopping options laid out in ways that make them seem more like town centers than drab airport concourses. More

Chesapeake delays gas wells at D/FW Airport
Dallas Business Journal
Low natural gas prices prompted Chesapeake Energy Corp. to ask for more time to fulfill its drilling obligations at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The Oklahoma City-based company had originally planned to drill 14 gas wells at the airport by the end of 2014, six this year and eight next year, said Jim Jackson, natural gas project manager for the airport. More

Pittsburgh Airport signs deal with Consol Energy to drill for gas on airport land
Global Airport Cities
The Allegheny County Airport Authority, operator of Pittsburgh International Airport, has signed off on a deal worth $500 million allowing Consol Energy to drill for gas on airport land. The proposal will now go to the County Council for approval and if finalized, Consol Energy will pay an upfront signing bonus of $50 million to the airport authority, with another $450 million in royalties expected over the next two decades.More

FedEx begins data communications flights at Memphis
Aviation International News
Controllers at Memphis International Airport started sending text messages to FedEx Express pilots in mid-January under the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's Data Communications effort to eventually replace voice communications for routine ATC instructions. Testers plan to expand the data comm trial to include United Airlines, FedEx and UPS aircraft at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey this summer.More

Delta plans further expansion at JFK International Airport
The Wall Street Journal
Delta Air Lines Inc. is planning an additional $175 million project at John F. Kennedy International Airport's Terminal 4 - part of a larger expansion effort in the New York region. Delta, the second-largest U.S. carrier by traffic and the largest U.S. carrier across the Atlantic, said the latest project builds on the carrier's previously announced $1.2 billion Terminal 4 redevelopment, which is set to open in May. That expansion, which is 90 percent complete, features nine new and seven renovated international gates. More

Aviation sector worth $39 billion to UAE economy
Airport International News
The aviation sector provides over $39 billion to the United Arab Emirates economy, accounting for 14.7 percent to the country's gross domestic product, the President of Dubai Civil Aviation, Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed al Maktoum, said.More

New A380-only concourse opens at Dubai airport
USA Today
Dubai's airport authorities say an entire concourse built specifically to handle Airbus' A380 aircraft is now fully open after about a month of phased-in operations. The A380, of course, is the world's largest commercial passenger airline jet - a double-decked giant capable of seating more than 500 customers in a typical seat layout. An all-coach configuration could hold up to 200 or 300 more. More

Heathrow announces £3 billion investment plan
Airport Suppliers
Heathrow has announced it will invest a further £3 billion in airport infrastructure over the next few years as part of its 'Q6' business plan - the regulatory period which covers 2014-2019 - representing one of the largest private-sector investments in UK infrastructure. More

Top airport gets $1 billion upgrade
One of the world's most highly ranked airports is getting a major upgrade. Singapore's Changi Airport announced it's investing more than $1 billion on a new terminal and other infrastructure projects to increase capacity. Passenger traffic is growing in the southeast Asian airport and it sees these projects as a way to "remain a major global aviation hub." More

Misrata Airport to operate normally; international flight ban revoked
Libya Herald
The government's decision to stop Misrata Airport international flights during the anniversary of the 2011 revolution has been rescinded. Following Prime Minister Ali Zeidan's announcement that the Egyptian and Tunisian border crossings were being temporarily closed for "security" reasons between Feb. 14-18, the government announced that international flights in and out of Misrata, Sebha and Abraq airports would also stop during the revolution anniversary period.  More

Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport shows increase in 2012
More than 14.7 million passengers passed through the Abu Dhabi International Airport last year recording a significant growth of 18.9 percent in passenger traffic compared to 2011. During 2012, the Airport greeted 14,700,420 passengers, marking a record number for the Capital. Gateway cargo traffic also increased, recording 567,965 tonnes, and representing an increase of 17.9 percent, in comparison to 2011, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the operator of the Airport, said in a statement.More

Technical airport expertise in New Orleans
Thanks to the more than 600 attendees, sponsors and exhibitors who joined us in New Orleans last week and made the 2013 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium such a tremendous success. Panels of experts from across the airport industry gathered in New Orleans to focus on the most pressing topics facing airport development today. A special thanks to JJ Morton of Kimley-Horn Associates, Inc., who chaired the Symposium, and following track hosts who developed and oversaw an outstanding set of sessions: Greg Albjerg, HNTB (Planning); Jane Ahrens, Gresham Smith & Partners (Terminal/Landside); Curtis Wright, Hatch Mott MacDonald (Engineering/Airside); Dwight Pullen, CH2M HILL (PM/CM); Paul Puckli, RW Armstrong (International); and Lou Wolinetz, IMG (Finance); Darcy Zarubiak, LeighFisher (Sustainability); and David Kipp, Ross & Baruzzini (IT). Mark your calendars for next year's Symposium, Feb. 19-21, 2014 in Denver!More

Just weeks away from the Construction Administration & Observation Training Course in Memphis!
View the latest agenda for the ACC Institute Construction Administration & Observation Training Course. This course will provide participants an in-depth understanding of the purpose, objectives, and accepted methods associated with Construction Administration and Observation for projects using FAA AIP and PFC funds. The focus of the course will be on how airport sponsors of FAA grant projects should administer and observe their projects in order to follow applicable rules and regulations. Registration for the course includes an airport tour of construction projects at Memphis International Airport and a tour of the FedEx sorting facility at the airport.More

NextGen descends on Sky Harbor
The sun shines even brighter at sunny Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport thanks to fuel-efficient NextGen arrival procedures that are not only easing congestion, but also providing a smoother ride for passengers. More

TSA discusses effort to expand PreCheck trusted traveler program
Homeland Security Today
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently elaborated upon its initiative to expand the number of Americans eligible for prescreening under its PreCheck trusted traveler system, emphasizing it was looking for new ideas under a market research effort.More

Technical Assessment of Dry Ice Limits on Aircraft
TRB's Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program (HMCRP) Report 11: Technical Assessment of Dry Ice Limits on Aircraft describes a technical approach to determining the maximum quantity of dry ice (solid carbon dioxide) that may be safely carried aboard aircraft.More

FAA launches 2nd phase of General Aviation Airports study
The FAA is beginning the second phase of its general aviation (GA) study issued last spring, General Aviation Airports: A National Asset, to further define the role of GA airports.  In the original study, the FAA captured the critical and diverse roles of the nation's 2,952 general aviation airports, which resulted in four new categories - national, regional, local, and basic.  However, while completing the study, the FAA learned that more than 497 airports did not clearly fit into any of the categories.  Therefore, the agency committed to resume its work with airport sponsors, state aeronautic divisions, and industry to gather additional information on these airports.More