Airport Consulting Weekly
Jun. 13, 2013

Senate commerce panel approves Foxx as US transportation secretary
Charlotte Observer
A Senate panel unanimously confirmed Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to be the next U.S. transportation secretary, a final step toward what’s expected to be an easy confirmation by the full Senate.

Lawmakers seek to block airport pre-clearance in Abu Dhabi
The Hill
A group of lawmakers has introduced legislation to block the Department of Homeland Security's plan to establish a pre-clearance facility in the United Arab Emirates.More

Airlines collect $27 billion beyond ticket revenue
The airlines are making billions by selling much more than a simple coach seat. United Airlines collected more than $5.3 billion in ancillary revenue last year, more than any other airline analyzed in a new report.More

Boeing upgrades jetliner demand forecast
Boeing has upgraded its 20-year forecast for airplane demand, saying airlines will need 35,280 new jets worth $4.8 trillion as the world's fleet doubles over the next two decades. The bullish new forecast shows a 3.8 percent increase from Boeing's prior rolling 20-year outlook, anticipating a surge in Asia-Pacific travel that will keep production rates at jet factories rising.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. The private development will take place on 29 acres at Mineta San Jose International Airport in northern California, the former location of a long-term parking lot that became available as part of the airport's $1.3 billion modernization plan.More

House passes $45 billion homeland security spending bill
The Associated Press via WFTV-TV
The House has passed a $45 billion bill that would slightly boost the Homeland Security Department's budget above spending levels brought on by consistent automatic budget cuts.More

The in-flight passenger experience technological revolution: Part one
Future Travel Experience
The acceleration of WiFi installations onboard aircraft around the world, combined with the large number of passengers carrying one or more digital devices, is creating a momentum that sees many of today's inflight innovations focusing on digital developments.More

7 trends on airport marketing
The first ever industry report published on airport marketing trends, The State of Airport Marketing 2013, identifies seven key marketing trends from airports around the world. This report is produced by SimpliFlying, a global consultancy on aviation marketing.More

Stubborn SPOT resists removal at TSA
Homeland Security Today
Unsatisfied with the results of an audit of a behavioral observation program run by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee attempted to add an amendment to prevent funding for the program in the fiscal year 2014 homeland security appropriations bill.More

Elite flyers pressure United Airlines to act on climate change
A group of United Airlines' most frequent flyers, including billionaire investor Tom Steyer, called on the big airline to stop blocking climate change actions. United Airlines Inc has opposed "multiple efforts to curb climate change pollution, at home and abroad," the group, Flying Clean, said in a letter to Chief Executive Jeff Smisek.More

Sen. Schumer wants Long Island, NY, airport to provide international flights
Sen. Charles Schumer is looking to turn Long Island's MacArthur Airport into an international airport serving popular vacation spots such as the Bahamas and Aruba. "International service would be a real boom," Schumer said during a recent press conference. "It's a win-win. International flights provide Long Islander's with direct access to popular vacation spots and it helps our local economy."More

For ideal airline competition, look a mile high
The Wall Street Journal
Savvy airline traveler quiz: Which airline carries the most local passengers in Denver, home to both a United Airlines hub and a large, loyal following for scrappy Frontier Airlines?More

Hong Kong's old airport reopens as a cruise ship terminal
The New York Times
It was perhaps the most spectacular flight approach in the world: amid mountains, seas and frequently tempestuous winds, aircraft nearing Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong would stage a stomach-churning right turn, glide over the densely populated Kowloon Peninsula and land on a runway that jutted straight out into the sea.More

Athens airport: A Greek island
The Economist
Eleftherios Venizelos international airport in Athens, Greece, opened to much fanfare 12 years ago. But it already looks like it has seen better days. Built to serve 21 million passengers a year, it has suffered a steep decline in traffic since the onset of the financial crisis. It now handles just 12 million passengers a year — 25 percent fewer than in 2007.More

Bangkok, Thailand's dual-airport policy risks its hub status
Bangkok Post
Oneworld, one of the biggest airline alliances, has warned that Bangkok risks diminishing its strategic air hub position by pursuing a dual-airport policy. The alliance, whose 12 current members include British Airways and Cathay Pacific, said Thai authorities' move to revive the old Don Mueang as the capital's second international airport operating in parallel with Suvarnabhumi could backfire, especially from the perspective of flight connectivity.More

Philippines president opens Manila airport despite safety issue
Manila Standard Today
President Benigno Aquino III made a final inspection of the P7.85-billion Laguindingan Airport, approving the start of commercial operations of the new facility despite its lack of instruments to guide night flights. The airport features a 2.1-kilometer long runway that can accommodate A330-300 aircraft.More

Peer-to-peer car sharing at the airport
The New York Times
Most Internet sources that dedicate content to such things agree that Hertz opened its first airport car rental center at Chicago's Midway International Airport in 1932. Hertz says it was the first of its kind anywhere. But regardless of who started it, airport car rentals changed the way people traveled.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.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.More

One UK airport is totally jealous of London-Heathrow
We don't want to alarm you but London's Heathrow Airport could soon be under attack — but don't worry — not in the bad guy kind of way. It actually sounds like the airport is getting a little bit more competition, as another airport over in the United Kingdom is jealous over all those international flights and attention.More

Get professional development hours at the Summer Workshop Series
The ACC Summer Workshop Series has always served as a great venue to network and collaborate with aviation agency representatives, but it also provides an ideal opportunity to attain credits for your professional development. The recently updated workshop agenda has been approved for AIA accreditation and AICP approval is currently underway. In addition, ACC certificates of attendance will be provided upon request to any attendee seeking P.E. credits.More

Valuable ICAO procurement insights gained by ACC during recent meetings
During a meeting at ICAO's Montreal Headquarters in late May, ACC representatives learned that between 300 and 400 companies were awarded airport project contracts by ICAO during 2012. Approximately 40 percent of those contracts were for services and training, the remainder were for equipment. As part of ICAO's initiative to make their procurement process more transparent, interested parties can now register to be electronically notified of projects for a cost of $300 per year. They may also instead independently check ICAO's website. Additional procurement-related insights will be discussed during future ACC Globalization Committee meetings and conference calls. If interested in learning more or joining the committee, contact ACC Assistant, Membership and Administration Chris Spaulding (

ARRA Lessons Learned: Opportunities Exist for FAA To Further Improve Its Oversight of Airport Grant Payments
Office of Inspector General USDOT
On April 18, 2013, USDOT issued a report on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of airport grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). ARRA injected an unprecedented $1.1 billion into FAA's Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants program and established tight timeframes for distributing funds, emphasizing preference for projects that could be completed in 2 years.More

FAA requests proposals for options to help general aviation transition to unleaded fuels
The Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) asked the world's fuel producers to submit proposals for fuel options that would help the general aviation industry make a transition to an unleaded fuel.More

Environmental Optimization of Aircraft Departures: Fuel Burn, Emissions, and Noise
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 86: Environmental Optimization of Aircraft Departures: Fuel Burn, Emissions, and Noise explores a protocol for evaluating and optimizing aircraft departure procedures in terms of noise exposure, emissions, and fuel burn.More

Aviation Security Advisory Committee Charter Renewal and Request for Applicants
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announces the renewal of the charter for the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC). The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined that the ASAC is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties of TSA.More