Airport Consulting Weekly
June. 17, 2010

Business travelers are moving again, but frugally
The Los Angeles Times
After an economic slump that put the brakes on business travel, the corporate world appears to be redeploying workers again to attend out-of-town meetings, conferences and conventions.More

Delta eyes JFK Airport renovation as business travel soars
The Wall Street Journal
Delta Air Lines Inc. is close to announcing the renovation of its outdated terminals at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport amid an intensifying competition for the city's business-travel market. The airline has been in talks for months with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey about funding a move that is expected to include demolishing the former Pan Am Worldport -- an iconic terminal at JFK famous for its saucer-shaped roof -- to make way for new facilities.More

Q-C airport to issue $26 million in bonds
Quad-City Times
The Quad-City International Airport plans to issue up to $26 million in bonds next month to cover its expansive runway rehabilitation, purchase new equipment and for refunding its outstanding bonds.More

Farmers say northwest Indiana airport costing wind power
The Chicago Tribune
Some farmers would like to see a small airport in rural northwestern Indiana closed in order to open up a large part of the state's windiest area for electricity-producing wind turbines.More

Can AirTran, Southwest coexist here?
The Wichita Eagle
Experts are mixed on whether AirTran Airways and Southwest Airlines could successfully coexist in the Wichita market. Southwest and Wichita airport officials have been in discussions about bringing the low-cost airline to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. More

Airport and businesses sweating the Spirit strike
NBC Miami
With 10,000 fewer passengers are traveling through Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport every day, everyone is feeling the impact. The airport has not seen a strike of the magnitude of the Spirit pilot strike in recent history, according to spokesman Greg Meyer. More

Suspension lifted on shares of Mexican airport operator GAP
FOX Business
Trading resumed in shares of Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico SAB (PAC, GAP.MX), nearly two weeks after being suspended following a series of disagreements among shareholders. The Mexican stock exchange said the Banking and Securities Commission ordered the resumption of trading in the shares after the company provided required information. More

Aer Lingus shelves loss-making flights
Belfast Telegraph
Irish airline Aer Lingus has announced it will suspend loss-making transatlantic flights from Shannon Airport for nearly three months next year. The airline said its decision followed a detailed review of route profitability, and revealed the New York and Boston routes had an average operating loss of $11 million every winter since 1995.More

ACC/FAA/TSA Summer Workshop Series less than a month away
The ACC/FAA/TSA Summer Workshop Series is less than a month away. Held July 14-15, this event has been strategically developed to include top industry and agency experts on critical airport planning, engineering, environmental, safety, security and terminal issues. Register now to take advantage of discounted hotel reservation rates available until Tuesday, June 22. The Summer Workshop Series' roundtable style discussions provide a unique opportunity for participants to discuss a wide range of technical airport development issues with FAA and TSA experts. In addition, the 2010 program closes with issue-specific breakout sessions with FAA representatives to maximize industry access to the issues that affect them the most.More

Register now for 'AIT Implementation at Airports' webinar
Register now for a new ACC Institute webinar titled 'Advanced Imaging Technology Implementation at Airports.' Held on June 24 and again on July 29, this webinar will provide an overview of the different types of AIT equipment from the two approved manufacturers, and explore the "real world" implications for airports regarding integration, installation and operational impacts from this new machinery. The webinar is eligible for 1.5 continuing education hours, although participants should check with their local licensing organizations for specific requirements prior to registering and participating in this webinar. ACC webinars are offered under a single registration fee for each site, allowing offices to schedule brown-bag lunch training opportunities for their staff.More

Visit ACC - Booth #101 at the AMAC Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference
Visit ACC at booth #101 at AMAC's 26th Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference in New Orleans. ACC will also be sponsoring a second speed dating session on Tuesday, June 22. This session, Speed Dating Part II - AEC, will particularly engage airport architects, engineers, and consultants to find the most qualified DBE firms with which to team on future projects. If you are interested in participating in this session, contact AMAC Executive Director Gene Roth,

Case Studies on Community Challenges to Airport Development
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Legal Research Digest 9: Case Studies on Community Challenges to Airport Development explores judicial decisions related to challenges to airport expansion and development. The report examines the basis, defense strategies, and outcomes of cases, as well as the results of a survey of airports regarding litigation strategies.More

TSA nominee faces questions about unionizing airport screeners
There was little debate about job qualifications and more talk about whether screeners at the nation's airports should be able to unionize during the confirmation hearing for the president's latest nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration.More