Airport Consulting Weekly
Jun. 6, 2013

TSA abandons plan to allow knives
In the end, the head of the TSA blinked. Following a barrage of criticism from politicians, unions, airlines and consumers, John Pistole said knives with blades just under 2.5 inches long and other items that could be used as weapons will not be allowed on board planes after all.More

Ontario sues Los Angeles over airport control
LA Biz Observed
The city of Ontario, Calif., alleges that Los Angeles officials have mismanaged LA/Ontario International Airport, which has seen a 40 percent drop in passengers since 2007. Ontario, believing that it can do a better job of increasing air service, wants to regain control of the facility. More

Abercrombie releases $22 million for Hawaii airports, highways
Pacific Business News
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said that the state is releasing $21.8 million for improvements to airports and highways around the state.More

TSA seeks to strike balance between improving security and the passenger experience
APEX Editor's Blog
The US Transportation Security Administration, which is charged with keeping the nation's airports free of terrorists and ensuring safe passage for 1.8 million air travelers a day, is perpetually in the crosshairs of critics complaining either that the agency is doing too little to protect the public or that its initiatives unnecessarily disrupt the free movement of law-abiding travelers.More

Burlington Airport in Vermont adjusts to changing airline market
Vermont Public Radio
Smaller airports are feeling the crunch as airlines continue to cut costs. The big carriers are consolidating services at larger airports and flying fewer planes in and out of smaller ones. At Burlington Airport passenger numbers are higher than they were a decade ago, but they've declined nearly 18 percent since they peaked five years ago.More

Orlando International Airport looks at $114 million makeover of Airside 4
Orlando Sentinel
The fourth airside at Orlando International Airport is virtually the same as when it opened nearly 23 years ago, but that may be about to change. Airport leaders appear likely to spend $114 million renovating the more than 582,000-square-foot hub that serves Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines and several other carriers.More

Study: 105 million hours of productivity lost due to FAA electronic devices ban
The Hill
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) ban on the use of electronic devices during flights is costing the U.S. 105 million hours of productivity, according to a recent study.More

FAA approves narrower flight path for Logan runway
The Boston Globe
The Federal Aviation Administration says it has approved the narrowing of the flight path for one of the runways at Logan International Airport, a plan that has stirred opposition among residents in communities such as Milton and Dedham concerned about more airplane noise.More

Reporter confirms rumors of long lines at US Customs entry, to his chagrin
The Dallas Morning News
Airlines for America, the industry's trade group, says that it expects a record number of passengers on international flights to and from the United States this summer. Of course, those travelers have to go through passport and customs control when they arrive at U.S airports on international flights.More

Delta to pull plug on Memphis hub after Labor Day
It's official. Memphis will no longer be a hub city for a major passenger airline. Delta announced June 4 it would end its hub operation at Memphis, ending years of speculation about the airport's long-term prospects as a key cog in Delta's post-merger route map.More

World's best airport spas
High flier Karen Zuckerman has a secret weapon for avoiding the air terminal blues: treating herself to a facial or massage while waiting to board her plane. No, Zuckerman doesn't travel with a beauty entourage. She's just one of many travelers taking advantage of the proliferation of airport spas around the world.More

Hobby Airport reveals what it will look like in the future
The Houston Chronicle
Eighty-six years ago, the Houston Airport Corporation opened up an airfield on a plot of land just off of Telephone Road. Now, renderings have been released that show a brand-new development at the aging airport, along with a redesigned logo, to bring it even further into the 21st century.More

Kansas City airport's terminal battle could get real ugly, real fast
The Kansas City Star
The battle over whether to build a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport could get real ugly, real fast, in the rest of 2013. The fight has it all, including extremely motivated opponents who have taken advantage of the city's bumbling attempts (so far) to sell the new terminal to residents.More

Kansas City's airport caught in vice as airlines squeeze service to boost profits
The Kansas City Star
Kansas City's biggest challenge when it comes to improving its air service apparently has little to do with the age or design of its airport, but how it's doing under a strategic trend in the airline industry called "capacity discipline." That's according to a report released last month by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's International Center for Air Transportation.More

Berlin's new airport: How's it coming along?
Originally slated to open in 2010, Berlin's new Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport was supposed to be a gleaming symbol as re-unified Berlin continues its reemergence into a world-class city. Instead, the airport has been set by a series of severe and embarrassing delays.More

Israel to use new airport scanning system
Trials for a new automated baggage security system is set for trial at Israel's Ben-Gurion international airport, officials said. The system is expected to cut down on long passenger lines at the terminal where travelers wait to undergo security checks, and will give passengers more time before boarding flights, a Channel 2 report said.More

$82 million Google airport terminal set
ABC News
A new $82 million facility at San Jose International Airport that will support the personal aircraft of Google executives and other Silicon Valley executive fliers is scheduled to break ground this fall.More

Issues with Airport Organization and Reorganization
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 40: Issues with Airport Organization and Reorganization examines organizational design, and current trends and practices in airport management.More

What a $1.4 billion airport upgrade looks like: Inside Delta's new Terminal 4 at JFK
10:30am and already Shake Shack has a line. That's far from surprising for the many locations of the popular burger & fries joint around New York City, but this is Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport, which, up until Friday, May 24, didn't have a Shake Shack.More

Cargo exports from Tiruchi Airport soar
The Hindu
Cargo exports from Tiruchi Airport continue to climb up steadily and the Airports Authority of India is expecting over 50 percent growth during the current financial year. The air cargo terminal here has registered a high of 410 tonnes of cargo during May.More

N$67 million Walvis Bay Airport upgrade
The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) will soon be upgrading the Walvis Bay Airport at a cost of over N$67 million. The coastal airport is said to have the potential to become a leader in cargo handling and the servicing of the fishing sector. The NAC's spokesperson, Mia Davids, said the tender to upgrade the airport was re-awarded to New Era Investment at the end of September last year.More

Young Professionals: Change for the industry and cash for your pocket!
ACC is currently soliciting submissions for "The ACC Young Professionals Innovation Competition." 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. 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). Winners will receive industry exposure and cash prizes! For more information, visit

Integrating Environmental Sustainability into Airport Contracts
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 42: Integrating Environmental Sustainability into Airport Contracts provides examples of how airports might help drive environmental sustainability performance improvements at their facilities by integrating environmental sustainability concepts into contracts with contractors, suppliers, and vendors.More

Flying green
The May/June 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on environmental advances in general aviation. Articles explore ways we can "fly green" through new technology and by following environmentally sound practices.More

TSA PreCheck expands to Alaska, Delta and Virgin America travelers at Philadelphia International Airport
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the expansion of TSA PreCheck  operations at Philadelphia International Airport. Now eligible passengers traveling on Alaska, United, Delta and Virgin America may receive expedited screening benefits at the checkpoint in Terminal D/E. TSA PreCheck has been available at Checkpoint C in Terminal B/C to participating United and US Airways passengers since September 2012.More