Airport Consulting Weekly
May. 9, 2013

Tax proposals open a debate on airline industry's troubles
The New York Times
A $300 domestic airline ticket now includes about $60 in taxes — or 20 percent of the total fare — which pays for things like air traffic controllers, airport improvements, customs and immigration inspections and checkpoint screening.More

America's most crowded airports
The neighborhood streets outside Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport are mostly quiet during the day, with few people on the sidewalks. Sometimes the only noise you can hear is the sound of leaves rustling on the trees.More

Airport operators worry that furloughs deal will reduce capital spending
Roll Call
Airport operators were relieved that Congress enacted legislation before the recess rolling back air-traffic-controller furloughs — though they were less than pleased about where lawmakers found the money to offset the cuts.More

Midway Airport gets reprieve from overnight tower closures
Chicago Tribune
Midway Airport has received a reprieve from possible overnight closures of its air-traffic control tower, U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski said. The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce that 72 airports, including Midway, that were on an FAA list to potentially furlough all controllers working the midnight shift, as part of the sequestration budget cuts, will instead remain open for at least the rest of the current fiscal year, Lipinski said.More

Jet makers avoid risk by redoing old models
The New York Times
After a decade of pushing hard on the edge of technology, Boeing and Airbus are turning more cautious in building new jetliners. Boeing's announcement last week that it had begun pitching airlines on an enhanced version of its 777 jet, rather than a whole new plane, underscores how the aerospace industry is pulling back from the risky bets that have led to costly, and humbling, delays on other planes, like Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.More

Hawaii begins $739 million upgrade to Honolulu International Airport
Pacific Business News
The state of Hawaii plans to break ground on a four-year, $739 million renovation and expansion at Honolulu International Airport, starting with a new maintenance building for Aloha Air Cargo.More

Watchdog: TSA wastes money storing old equipment
USA Today
The Transportation Security Administration could save $800,000 a year by reducing storage of unusable or obsolete equipment in Texas warehouses, a government watchdog said. The TSA was storing 17,000 items worth $185 million at three warehouses visited by the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security in May 2012. The equipment included X-ray units, metal detectors and machines that detect explosives.More

What's wrong with Los Angeles International Airport?
The Los Angeles Times
President Obama recently groused that no U.S. airport ranked among the world's top 25 airports. If you're a regular traveler to or from Los Angeles, you may be even more disappointed to learn that Los Angeles International Airport didn't even make the top 100.More

Google's shiny new $82 million airport terminal in Silicon Valley
Matthew Stibbe writes, "A few years ago I taxied past a hangar at San Carlos airport. The door was open to the immaculate interior and I could see an array of jets and aerobatic light aircraft. My instructor said it was Larry Ellison's private plane collection. Not for nothing is the airport known to IATA as SQL, after Oracle's database language. From my little Diamond Katana, I looked on in envy."More

Abu Dhabi airport installs 'sleeping pods' for weary fliers
NBC News
For those times when you have a few — or agonizingly many — hours between flights and you just want the world to go away, one airport invites you to go to bed right there in the middle of the terminal. Abu Dhabi International has just unveiled sleeping pods — chairs that convert into flat beds, complete with sliding shades that can fully enclose the slumbering travelers inside and isolate them from noise, light and curious fellow passengers.More

Hochtief sells airport unit to Canada's PSP Investments for $1.4 billion
German builder Hochtief has sold its airports division to Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) for 1.1 billion euros ($1.4 billion), seeking to cut debt and invest in its infrastructure business.More

Moving to the cloud let London-Gatwick airport kill 200 servers
Cloud computing and a "bring your own device" (BYOD) strategy aren't technology approaches typically associated with running an airport's information-technology operations. But London Gatwick, the U.K.'s second largest airport, is pushing heavily into both.More

Traveling in Thailand: Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport versus Don Mueang
If you've been to Bangkok in the past 6 years, there's a pretty good chance you flew into the flashiest airport the city has to offer, Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). The predominately concrete, metal and glass building of BKK is simply massive and it's obvious why it ranks as the 6th largest major airport in Asia; it even claimed the title of the most Instagrammed airport in 2012.More

Cornerstone laid for Timna International Airport near Eilat
The Jerusalem Post
Rona Ramon, who lost her husband, astronaut Ilan Ramon, in the Columbia space crash in 2003 and their only son Assaf in an IAF jet accident in 2011, laid the cornerstone of an international airport baring their names in Timna, outside Eilat.More

Journey of the best little airport, Canberra's revamped facility open for business
The Australian
A nervous investor may think twice before buying a rundown airport with two terminals, a fish and chip shop and a sheep paddock at a time of considerable uncertainty in the aviation industry, but Stephen Byron does not belong in the camp of jittery businessmen. More

Furloughs end, but tower and maintenance uncertainty remain
Aviation Week
FAA is dropping its furlough plans for all 47,000 workers in its employee base after Congress passed a bill permitting the agency to shift up to $253 million in funds to prevent "reduced operations and staffing."More

Last chance for discounted registration rates, hotel reservations for Project Delivery Summit!
The eighth annual ACC/ACI-NA/AGC Airport Project Delivery Summit will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, from June 12-13, 2013. This unique, peer-to-peer, owner-oriented event facilitates airport owner discussion on the most pressing project delivery and construction issues and helps owners learn from each other's experience. Panels feature airport owners, contractors and consultants who share lessons learned thorough a moderated panel discussion and vibrant Q&A dialog. A tour of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will kick off the program the morning of June 12. Monday, May 13, is the last day to receive discounted early registration rates. Monday, May 20, is the final day to receive the special group rate at the Hilton Ft. Worth. All hotel reservations made after this date will be on a space available basis at the prevailing rate.More

TSA PreCheck expands expedited screening benefits for international travel
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that beginning May 7, 2013, in addition to domestic travel, TSA PreCheck participants will be eligible for expedited screening on select international travel itineraries.More

Guidebook for Preparing Airport Emissions Inventories for State Implementation Plans
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 84: Guidebook for Preparing Airport Emissions Inventories for State Implementation Plans is designed to assist in the preparation of airport emissions inventory component of a State Implementation Plan.More