Airport Consulting Weekly
March 10, 2011

Airports embrace local design, dining and retail
USA Today
Many airports have a sameness to them. Concourse designs, signs for chain restaurants and rows of familiar-looking plastic seats say: I could be anywhere in the USA. That's changing. Airports in many parts of the country are incorporating local history, themes and images to reflect the region they're in. They're doing it architecturally as they construct or rebuild terminals.More

Federal audit blasts Denver Stapleton airport land deals
The Denver Post
A scathing federal audit released blasts Denver's Stapleton redevelopment deal, saying that the Federal Aviation Administration gave up $71 million in revenue by allowing Denver to sell off land at the old Stapleton International Airport for less than half its value. The audit, prepared by the U.S. Department of Transportation between 2008 and 2010 and released to the public, is highly critical of how the old Stapleton airport land was sold to developers a decade ago.More

Air cargo industry 'must resist' 100 percent screening, Bisignani says
The air-freight industry "must resist" calls by governments for 100 percent cargo screening, the International Air Transport Association said in a statement on its website.
"Air cargo security must be based on a combination of three measures -- supply chain security, scanning technology and better use of e-freight data," said IATA Chief Executive Officer Giovanni Bisignani, speaking to air-cargo executives in Instanbul for the IATA World Cargo Symposium, according to the statement.More

IATA sees global airline profit halving in 2011
Global airline net profits will halve this year as rising costs, especially oil prices, offset increasing demand, the industry body IATA said. The result would be a net profit margin this year of only 1.4 percent -- dismissed by IATA Director-General Giovanni Bisignani as more worthy of a charity than an industry -- down from 2.9 percent in 2010.More

'Soft underbelly' of security exposed following airport attacks, experts warn
Fox News
Two recent attacks at international airports expose a "soft underbelly of aviation security" at terminals in the United States and around the world, industry experts told "As [Wednesday's] attack in Frankfurt revealed, the open area of the airports, whether parking areas, loading/unloading zones, and the terminals themselves, have historically been prime targets [for terrorists]," Andrew Thomas, editor of the Journal of Transportation Security, wrote in an email to "There is no reason to believe that this won't continue to be the case."More

US airlines hike fares, surcharges for costly fuel
U.S. airlines are raising fares and rolling out surcharges as runaway fuel prices threaten to eat into profits. Fuel surcharges are being added on international routes. JetBlue Airways Corp said it recently implemented a $45 one-way surcharge in select Caribbean markets. Delta Air Lines Inc said its surcharges vary by market.More

Help on the way for air traffic jams
CNN Travel
Tom Stuker jokes that his home is "in Row One in a nice, big plane." The 57-year-old car dealership consultant is a mega-frequent flier who has racked up 9.7 million miles during 5,000 flights over the past three decades -- and he's got the stories to prove it. "I've experienced aborted takeoffs, aborted landings, near misses and passenger deaths on three different flights."More

Heathrow chief: Snow plan wasn't good enough
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
Heathrow airport's boss says it was caught unprepared for the amount of snow which fell in December, paralyzing Europe's busiest airport. Colin Matthews, chief executive of airport operator BAA, told a Parliamentary committee that Heathrow was prepared to deal with up to six centimeters (2.4 inches) of snow. Instead, Heathrow was hit with nine centimeters (3.5 inches) of snow on Dec. 18 and Matthews admitted, "we should have had a plan for more snow."More

Tampa airport to have Cuba flights
The Associated Press via MSNBC
Tampa International Airport will soon be the fourth airport in the United States to run flights to Cuba. U.S. Customs and Border Protection gave the airport its official approval on Monday. Three licensed charter operators have said they will provide service between Cuba and Tampa.More

Register now for the ACC/ACI-NA/AGC Airport Project Delivery Systems Summit VI
The Sixth Annual Airport Project Delivery Systems Summit will be held June 8-9 on 2011 in San Jose, Calif. Summit topics will address today’s most pressing airport construction issues such as financing and funding opportunities and pitfalls, GMAX contracting tactics, responsibility and risks of project participants and emerging trends in the industry. For those new to alternative project delivery systems, a "Primer" session will be available on the first day to address the basics of Project Delivery terminology and the advantages/challenges of each delivery method. A tour of the San Jose Airport's most recent construction accomplishments is scheduled for the morning of June 8. More

ACC welcomes new member firm
Esri's GIS (Geographic Information System) software integrates and visualizes IT systems and information so airport managers and executives are able to analyze data across the enterprise to make the best decisions fast. Facility and asset management, noise modeling, environmental management, lease management, back-office systems integration, and more, all visually integrated.More

TSA representation election gets underway
Aviation Online Magazine
Tens of thousands of ballots have been mailed to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officers as they prepare to cast their votes in a historic representation election that will provide an avenue to improve their work lives and an opportunity to improve agency performance.  "TSA Officers can vote in the largest union election in federal labor history," NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley said. "We are ready for this election and I believe that NTEU offers the best path to create a better tomorrow for the entire TSA workforce."More

FAA proposes limiting blocks on aircraft tracking
The FAA is seeking comment on a proposal that would limit participation in a program that allows aircraft operators to restrict public access to real-time tracking of their flights. General aviation aircraft owners and operators with privacy or security concerns can request that their N numbers be "blocked" through the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program so that the public cannot access such information as the aircraft’s location, altitude, airspeed, destination, and estimated time of arrival.More