Airport Consulting Weekly
Feb. 28, 2013

Sequester: Is your airport on the chopping block?
USA Today
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned of massive delays in flights and the closing of 100 smaller air-traffic control towers as part of automatic spending cuts scheduled March 1. Because of furloughs for air-traffic controllers, LaHood said flights from New York to San Francisco could be delayed 90 minutes. He says once airlines understand how flights are delayed, they will begin canceling flights. More

Sequestration will have an impact on air travel
By now, you have probably heard about the automatic budget cuts - known as the sequester. As we stare down that fast-approaching deadline, it's important to know that sequestration will have a serious impact on the transportation services that are critical to the traveling public and the nation's economy.More

LaHood: FAA furloughs will be necessary if sequester takes effect
The Hill
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood stressed that the Obama administration was not exaggerating the effects of looming sequestration. LaHood, a former GOP congressman, had said at a White House briefing that the $85 billion in automatic cuts would require furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and throw air travel in the country into a tailspin.More

Homeland Security chief warns of long TSA lines from sequester
The Hill
Lines at the airport will get much longer because of sequestration, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said. Napolitano said the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will have to furlough workers because of the automatic spending cuts, leading to longer waits to get through security. More

3 ways mobile will change the way we travel by 2015
Travelers want instantaneous information at their fingertips when they fly, and technology is quickly catching up to their expectations. Air travel technology specialist SITA has come out with a report Flying into the future that looks at how the industry will change in just three years, by 2015.More

American expands DIY checked baggage tagging, plans more locations
American Airlines has continued its expansion of self-service checked bag tagging, adding the do-it-yourself process at Washington Reagan National Airport. American initially tested the service last year in Austin, where passengers were able to speed up check-in times by as much as 55 percent by using the machines, according to a company spokesman.More

Gate to Gate: NextGen explained
FAA via YouTube
Experience a flight across the country that explains the benefits of the next generation of air travel. While there's no major impact to the GA community now, this video shows the impact on commercial aviation.

Missed flight connections at MIA blamed on understaffed border and customs officials
The Miami Herald
For a picture of the nation’s border struggles, look at the long lines and understaffed international-passenger checkpoints at Miami International Airport. Up to 1,000 passengers in a single day have missed connecting flights at the airport - the busiest in the nation for international flights - because they're held up at the Customs and Border Protection facility. And the problem could get even worse next month because of looming federal budget cuts, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said after visiting the airport. More

Massport Board approves billion dollar capital program
The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) approved a rolling five-year program of more than $1 billion to fund 341 projects as part of the Authority's fiscal year 2013 - 2017 comprehensive financial plan of capital improvements.More

Manassas airport's control tower slated for possible closure with sequestration
The Washington Post
Manassas airport officials are starting to prepare a coordination effort with federal authorities and its customers to ensure the airport is ready if its air traffic control tower is closed due to looming federal budget cuts, airport officials said.More

Birmingham Shuttlesworth completes one new airport terminal
Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport is cutting the ribbon on a new terminal. It is the first step to upgrading and expanding the airport. It will mark the opening of 13 new gates, new ticketing counters, a new security checkpoint area and a new baggage claim area.More

IDOT in court over condemnation of land for south suburban airport
Southtown Star
Illinois state transportation officials say they are confident that the proposed south suburban airport in Peotone eventually will get built, but attorneys for one family that owns land in the footprint of the airport aren't so sure. The Barbour family owns three parcels that the Illinois Department of Transportation offered to take off their hands for $3.9 million.More

FAA approves controversial airport deal in Puerto Rico
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approved a contract that gives a private firm a 40-year concession to operate San Juan's Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, the Puerto Rico Ports Authority said. Aerostar Airport Holdings is capable of operating the terminal in accord with all relevant regulations, the FAA concluded.More

In Oklahoma, tiny airport attracts federal money, but few planes
The Washington Post
Along a country road in southern Oklahoma, there is a place that doesn't make sense. It is an airport without passengers. Or, for that matter, planes. This is Lake Murray State Park Airport, one of the least busy of the nation's 3,300-plus public airfields. In an entire week here, there might be one landing and one takeoff - often so pilots can use the bathroom. Or none at all. Visiting pilots are warned to watch out for deer on the runway.More

Korea's Incheon Airport: an airport getting closer to the airport of the future
Airport operators, owners, and developers all over the world are realizing that people will indeed spend time - and good money - at an airport if you give them something to be blissful about: top-notch retail and cuisine, spas and other retreats, even nine holes played out under the roar of jetliners.More

Mexican airport operator GAP to appeal by-law ruling
Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico said it will appeal a court's decision that ruled certain of its by-laws invalid. GAP said in a statement that it was notified of the decision, but that its by-laws "remain valid and binding" on the company's shareholders.More

Philippines' Mactan-Cebu international airport to refuse entry of new flights pending rehab
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Like its bigger brother the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) is now refusing the entry of new flights pending improvements in its outdated facilities. In a letter to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), the MCIA Authority (MCIAA) asked for the deferral in the approval of all new flights during peak times due to limited space at the airport's passenger terminal. More

European airport traffic suffers "alarming" decline
Airports International
European airport trade body ACI Europe has released its traffic results for 2012, a year marked by a progressive slowdown in passenger traffic and continued recession for freight traffic. The overall passenger traffic at Europe's airports saw an increase of just 1.8 percent compared to 2011, with a clear divide between the EU market and other European countries.More

Australian airports need almost $13 billion
AAP via The Australian
At least $13 billion is needed to reduce congestion at Australian airports to cope with increased demand from Asia. Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the money is needed to expand airports over the next decade to handle growing demand from Asia's flourishing middle class.More

Last week to nominate a candidate for the 2013 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence!
Angela Gittens, Kate Lang, Gina Marie Lindsey, Jeff Fegan, Norman Mineta ... All of these accomplished individuals are just some of the past winners of the ACC Aviation Award of Excellence. The purpose of this award is to recognize 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 lifetime achievements of the recipients are also considered. The award will be given at the 2013 ACC Annual Conference and Exhibition in Tucson, Ariz., November 11-13, 2013. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 8, 2013.

FAA planning for $600 million in 2013 spending cuts
To prepare for the possibility of a budget sequestration on March 1, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is making plans to reduce its expenditures by approximately $600 million for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2013.More

TSA announces upcoming airports to offer TSA PreCheck
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced five more airports will offer TSA PreCheck, bringing the total number of airports participating to 40. By April 1, 2013, eligible passengers flying on participating airlines out of Austin-Bergstrom International (AUS), Cleveland Hopkins International (CLE), Memphis International (MEM), Nashville International (BNA) and Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) airports may receive TSA PreCheck benefits.