Airport Consulting Weekly
Mar. 28, 2013

FAA makes tower closing decision
The Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reached the decision that 149 federal contract towers will close beginning April 7 as part of the agency's sequestration implementation plan. The agency has made the decision to keep 24 federal contract towers open that had been previously proposed for closure because doing so would have a negative impact on the national interest.More

The multipurpose airport
The New York Times
Jim Rosenberg, the head of online and social media for the World Bank, can vouch that some airports offer a lot more than places to eat and newsstands filled with gossipy magazines. On a flight from Washington to Tbilisi, Georgia, Rosenberg realized during a stop in Munich that he "didn't have this asthma medicine I take every day," he said. But, luckily, the airport had a pharmacy. "I knew the generic name to tell them what I needed," he said. "They told me I had to go to the clinic for a prescription. It was just down the hall."More

Airport entry still a hassle for foreign visitors, says U.S. Travel
Travel Weekly
The U.S. is still handicapping its tourism industry with airport customs and entry procedures that continue to deter foreign visitors, according to new data from the U.S. Travel Association. A survey by Consensus Research Group found that one in three travelers thought that the U.S. is "falling behind other countries" in terms of airport entry procedures or was the "worst" they have ever seen.More

TSA tax hike a lose-lose for passengers, airlines and economy
Airlines for America supported calls for efficiency improvements within the TSA, while strongly urging House Republicans not to punish passengers, shippers and airlines by doubling the TSA passenger security tax in their budget proposal.More

New gates open in D/FW Airport's terminal renovation project
The Dallas Morning News (subscription required)
The first nine gates in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport's $2.3 billion terminal renovation project opened, offering smoother security checkpoints, better passenger flow, new concessions and upgraded decor.More

Bond approval gives hope for MidAmerica Airport growth
It has been labeled a $330 million boondoggle by critics, an alternative to Lambert International Airport by supporters but to this day, nearly 15 years after opening, MidAmerica Airport has yet to turn a profit. The St. Clair County Board has approved $3.65 million in bonds to help pay for the growth of North Bay Produce and Boeing. Board Chairman Mark Kern says taxpayers will not get stuck with the bill since the two companies will repay the bonds through renewed lease agreements.More

Landrieu administration looking at options to reinvent Louis Armstrong International Airport
The New Orleans Times-Picayune
After years of debate over what to do with the city's aging airport terminal — including halfhearted flirtations with moving or selling it — Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration has launched its own effort to re-imagine Louis Armstrong International by hiring teams of consultants to explore various options, from further modernizing the existing terminal to constructing an entirely new terminal at a cost of up to $1 billion.More

Hawaiian buying Airbus A321neos for West Coast routes
Hawaiian Airlines says it has finalized an order with Airbus that will bring Airbus' new A321neo jets into its fleet. The airline plans to take delivery of 16 A321neos between 2017 and 2020, with options for nine more. Hawaiian says it was able to finalize the order — it reached a tentative agreement with Airbus in January — after reaching "labor agreements with its pilot and flight attendant unions on the introduction of new aircraft."More

Want free airport parking? Try new ride-sharing startup Flightcar
The ride-sharing space is already brimming with hot startups, including Getaround, Lyft and Uber. But today it has a new contender: Flightcar. After months of rigorous testing, the startup launched at the demo day for Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's elite demo day. In a presentation to investors, the founders said they have figured out a way for San Francisco residents to avoid paying airport parking.More

Best airport lounges for business travelers
The Huffington Post
For business travelers, getting work done while stuck in an airport can seem all but impossible. While most terminals have a few desks, an electrical outlet or two, and possibly (if you're lucky) wireless access, they also have distractions like screaming children, and the constant drone of the PA system.More

Nations meet to hammer out 'global solution' to aviation emissions
Airport World
A "high level group" of senior government officials from across the globe will meet to hammer out proposals for a global solution to tackle aviation emissions. The group, set up by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in November last year, has been tasked with delivering a worldwide system, which will provide stringent controls on CO2.More

Airport Authority of India to develop 20 airports in next five years
The Financial Express
Airport Authority of India (AAI) is considering developing 20 airports in the next five years, according to a senior official. "Subject to cooperation from the respective state governments and access to suitable sites free of cost, AAI is hopeful of developing 20 airports in the next five years," G K Chaukiyal, member (operations), AAI told reporters here. More

Vancouver Int'l upgrades its Airfield Lighting Control Monitoring System
Airport Improvement
In good weather and bad, air traffic controllers and airport maintenance personnel need an Airfield Lighting Control Monitoring System (ALCMS) that is highly reliable and inspires confidence. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has found just that in its new $2.5 million ALCMS. In addition to providing improved monitoring, data collection and troubleshooting capabilities, the new system also includes four 10-inch tablet PCs, dedicated solely to the operation of the Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (SMGCS) by air traffic controllers.More

Istanbul Airport posts fastest growth among busiest hubs
Istanbul airport posted the biggest jump in passenger numbers among the world's major hubs last year, expanding almost one-third faster than the next-best performer as it captures traffic from Europe rivals. More

India airport operator plans fuel distribution alliance
Fox Business
Airports Authority of India plans to form a joint venture with local oil marketing firms and airlines to distribute jet fuel across airports in the country, as it seeks to reduce fuel prices for airline companies, the chairman of the state-run airport operator said.More

Airport taxes in Mozambique to rise
Mozambican airport management company Aeroportos de Moçambique plans to increase landing charges on flights to ensure it is able to pay for modernization work at its airports, on which it spent US$350 million, the chairman of the state company said in Maputo.More

Young Professionals: Compete for cash prizes and industry exposure in the ACC Innovation Competition!
The search for additional non-airline funding sources, new uses for technology in addressing passenger service needs and an increased focus on sustainability are just a few of the drivers of change in the aviation industry. In this competition, ACC is seeking new, innovative ideas that further airport development globally and address current and future challenges. These innovations can be technical, operational or regulatory in nature and can address any aspect of airport development (e.g. planning, design, construction, asset management, sustainability, finance, IT, customer service). Sponsored by the Arnold W. Thompson Charitable Trust, the purpose of this competition is to encourage innovative thinking among young professionals who are involved in the development and operations of airports.

Energy-efficient Queen Alia International Airport opens in Jordan
In some cities, the airport can be the busiest place for miles and tends to consume a fair amount of energy as a result. It's no wonder then that several modern airports have started incorporating more green technology into their designs, like photovoltaic panels and wind-powered generators. More

New Jersey Gov. Christie approves Port Authority takeover of Atlantic City International Airport
The Star-Ledger
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey could take over operation of Atlantic City International Airport as early as this summer, under an arrangement Gov. Chris Christie approved.More

TSA rethinks its approach to airline safety
The Los Angeles Times
Pre-screening more passengers to identify likely threats is one strategy under consideration, the agency chief tells a House panel.More

Airport Cooperative Research Program Brochure
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has produced an updated brochure that explores various aspects of the program and provides information on the different ways individuals can become involved in ACRP. ACRP is an industry-driven, applied research program that develops near-term, practical solutions to problems faced by airport operators.More

TSA PreCheck expedited screening begins at Nashville International Airport
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that TSA PreCheck is now available to eligible passengers at Nashville International Airport (BNA). Under TSA PreCheck passengers traveling domestically from BNA who are select American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits at the Main Checkpoint.More