|Airport Consulting Weekly|
|Apr. 19, 2012|
US airports spend billions on international expansion
The American airports of tomorrow are being built today as ongoing projects take shape to handle an increasing number of fliers. Around the country, projects are being considered, underway or nearing completion as travelers from around the world make their way to the United States. As reported by Aviation Pros, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's nearly $350 million comprehensive modernization project at Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal B is nearing completion with the final phase slated to start in May. More
Why airport security is broken - and how to fix it
The Wall Street Journal
Kip Hawley writes, "Airport security in America is broken. I should know. For three and a half years - from my confirmation in July 2005 to President Barack Obama's inauguration in January 2009 - I served as the head of the Transportation Security Administration."More
Tucson, Ariz., airports to offer solar development incentives
Airport Revenue News
Tucson International (TUS) and Ryan Airfield are the first airports in Arizona to offer solar development incentives as a consequence of the state's new improvement district bill, HB 2298. On March 20, the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved a new Renewable Energy Incentive District, with several pieces of land throughout the Tucson metro area being deemed suitable for large-scale solar development and putting incentives in place, including expedited permit processing and fee waivers.
Lambert moves forward on baggage claim renovation
St. Louis Business Journal
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has completed the second of three phases of baggage-claim area renovations in Terminal 1, airport officials said. Bag carousels 3 and 4 will be reopened for airline use. Baggage-claim area renovations include higher and brighter ceilings, circular cove lighting, newer wall finishes, improved heating and ventilation systems, and new directional signage. More
World's most hair-raising airports: Sea Ice Runway, Antarctica
Technological improvements continue to make air travel safer every year. But just because there hasn't been a fatal commercial plane crash in the U.S. since 2009 doesn't mean that certain airports don't quicken your pulse just a bit. Short runways, steep descents and unpredictable surfaces can make a thrill ride out of getting a 987,000-pound vehicle (the maximum weight of a 747) on or off the ground. More
FAA official to discuss Niagara Falls airport
The Associated Press via The Wall Street Journal
The Federal Aviation Administration's acting administrator is planning a stop in Niagara Falls to discuss $11.7 million in recently announced federal funding for airport renovations. Administrator Michael Huerta and Rep. Kathy Hochul will hold a news conference at Niagara Falls International Airport. More
Airport hears public input on long-range ideas
The Tampa Tribune
Despite failures at the local and state levels to improve the region's ground transportation, people interested in Tampa International Airport's future want to be sure any plans accommodate transit improvements. Airport officials seeking input for a master plan update heard a variety of suggestions from airport and business stakeholders and the general public in three sessions. More
Airports restore major murals to former glory
When Lambert-St. Louis International Airport celebrated the re-opening of its tornado-damaged Concourse C earlier this month, passengers were greeted with fresh shops and restaurants and a half-dozen new works of art. But many community members had gathered weeks earlier to honor a 22-year-old piece of airport-owned art. More
Orlando airport to consider $472 million in upgrades
Most travelers walking into Orlando International Airport a couple of years from now could be greeted by electronic kiosks rather than an airline representative standing behind a ticket counter. Such high-tech, self-service upgrades would be the result of more than $472 million in improvements. More
Plan to improve New York City airports starts with bathrooms
The Associated Press via The Wall Street Journal
Forget crowded planes and long lines. Officials launching a campaign to improve the New York City metro area's much-maligned airports are starting with the bathrooms. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is on the verge of announcing a 90-day plan to provide cleaner restrooms and more customer-service representatives at the three major airports serving the region, Executive Director Patrick Foye said. More
USTDA launches US-Brazil aviation partnership
Today, on the occasion of the visit of President Dilma Rousseff to the United States, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) joined with the U.S. Department of State, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) together with Brazil's Ministry of External Relations in announcing the launch of the U.S.-Brazil Aviation Partnership. The Aviation Partnership is a unique public-private partnership that is enhancing bilateral cooperation in areas such as airport expansion, airspace management, safety and security. These programs will support Brazil's aviation infrastructure development priorities, while connecting U.S. companies to the growing business opportunities in the sector. More
UK lawmakers warn Heathrow Airport unprepared for influx of passengers during Olympics
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
British lawmakers have questioned Heathrow Airport's ability to cope with an influx of passengers during the London Olympics this summer, warning that long lines at immigration could force planes to sit on runways or even circle Europe's busiest airport. The concerns were expressed in a letter to Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt from the chairman of House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport committee, John Whittingdale. More
India gets first true airport hotel in Delhi
In a first for India's rapidly developing hotel market, the Delhi International Airport has opened a hotel inside an airport, India's Business-Standard reports. Travelers can now go to the airport's Terminal 3 to check into one the Eaton Smart Hotel, one of the less-expensive brands operated by U.K.-based Langham Hospitality. More
Sydney airport: Who cares what travelers think?
The Sydney Morning Herald
As usual, travelers will be the last to be consulted – actually, they're not being consulted at all – on one of Australia's biggest travel issues: a second airport for Sydney. The media and the blogosphere are in uproar over the future of air travel into and out of Australia's biggest city as the political establishment ties itself in knots over the issue. More
ACC Members: Help recognize outstanding agency representatives
Every year, ACC members have the opportunity to nominate FAA or TSA agency representatives for the ACC Agency Best Practices Award. The award recognizes worthy individual(s) with the FAA or TSA who exemplify teamwork; are innovative and flexible; and go above and beyond to cooperate with stakeholders. The Award will be presented on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 during the ACC/FAA/TSA Summer Workshop Series Awards Luncheon. Please direct nominations to ACC Manager of Marketing & Services Colleen Flood via email at email@example.com. The final deadline for nominations is Friday, April 20.More
ACC welcomes new members
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TSA announces testing of document verification technologies
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it began testing new technologies designed to enhance TSA's ability to identify altered or fraudulent passenger identification documents and boarding passes at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). The technology will also be tested at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in the coming weeks. More