Airport Consulting Weekly
Jul. 12, 2012

As they lose traffic, once bustling airports have space to rent
The New York Times
The fate of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport may be a portent for other airports serving smaller cities around the United States. Once the main hub of Trans World Airlines, the airport offered as many as 475 departures a day. But now, there are just 256 daily departures, leaving half the concourses at the older of its two terminals vacant and the airport scrambling to find new, revenue-generating uses for the space. More

Infrastructure needs challenging the top airports driving America's economic recovery
National Chamber Foundation
The amount of passengers and cargo flying in the United States is expected to double by 2030, according to the FAA. Aviation is the essential ingredient in domestic and international travel, tourism, and trade, and the infrastructure that supports the aviation industry has a big economic impact. U.S. airports, for example, generate 8 percent of American GDP and make up 7 percent of jobs. More

Hartsfield-Jackson orchestrates activation of new international terminal
Airport Improvement
Well before Hartsfield-Jackson International Atlanta Airport (ATL) opened its new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal in mid-May, a dedicated team began working to ensure the transition process would be as smooth as possible for both travelers and airport stakeholders. More

Propeller planes, fueled by economics, take off
The Wall Street Journal
Passengers who don't like flying on propeller planes might have to brace themselves: The props are back. Thanks largely to higher fuel prices, ATR and Bombardier Inc., which dominate the market for larger turboprop aircraft, have seen their order books swell. Props have outsold regional jets by two-to-one over the past five years in the global market for planes with between 50 and 90 seats. More

Ground officially breaks on massive transit center at Bob Hope Airport
The Burbank Leader
At 520,000 square feet, it's going to be big. And at $112.6 million, it will be expensive. A cadre of officials recently celebrated breaking ground on the massive center that is expected to transform how passengers use Burbank Bob Hope Airport. More

Sacramento airport lands millions in expansion funds
The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento International Airport has received an $8 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to help finance recent expansion, Rep. Doris Matsui announced. The funds are this year's portion of a multiyear $60 million package federal officials committed to the airport and helps pay debt tied to new apron areas for jets. More

Wichita, Kan., turns down appeal on airport bid
The Wichita Eagle
A city board unanimously denied a Wichita contractor's appeal of the winning bid for the new Mid-Continent Airport terminal, the latest development in a dispute that threatens federal funding for the project. More

Fliers laud new airport screening
The Tampa Tribune
If Tuesday was any indication, travelers using the new expedited screening system at Tampa International Airport will be able to move through security in three or four minutes and without the hassle of removing shoes and belts. More

Imagining the airport of the future as destination
The Daily Beast
"Every airport we design today is the airport of the future - for a while," says Curtis Fentress, the world-traveling 64-year-old architect. And he knows firsthand just how grand, and how fleeting, that distinction can be. Fentress has designed airports that are widely recognized as some of the best in passenger surveys, including South Korea's Incheon International Airport, which opened in 2001 and was picked, once again this year, as the best in the world. More

Airport proposal is big deal for Findlay
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
With county agencies proposing a 195-acre trade center at Pittsburgh International Airport, local officials say they want to be involved in the plan, which eventually could reap rewards for the community coffers. Most of the land slated for development is in Findlay, where township officials say partnerships among local and county agencies already have been successful in attracting industry. More

Puerto Rico's main airport draws two final bids
Two consortia looking to expand holdings in the global aviation infrastructure submitted final competing offers to privatize Puerto Rico's main airport as soon as the year's end, according to the Caribbean island's government. More

Extra Heathrow staff to deal with Olympics
Sky News
With only two weeks until the London Olympics, MPs have sought assurance that long queues at Heathrow airport would not become an "international embarrassment." The Immigration Minister Damian Green appeared before the home affairs select committee after chairman Keith Vaz observed "appalling" queues. More

Frankfurt Airport June passengers rise 5.4 percent
Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Germany's Frankfurt Airport or FRA, reported increased passenger number at FRA in June, along with a rise in aircraft movements. The Frankfurt Airport registered 5.4 million passengers in June, up 5.4 percent from last year. In June 2011, a thinning out of the flight schedule was undertaken to accommodate inauguration of Deutsche Flugshierung's new air traffic control tower at FRA. More

Bali to have an airport in Buleleng next year
The Jakarta Post
State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I (AP I) plans to construct a new international class airport in Bali's northern coastal regency of Buleleng next year in anticipation of the growing number of tourists to the resort island. AP I spokesman Miduk Situmorang said the firm was set to start drafting the master plan for the airport with Indian investor GVK Power and Infrastructure at the end of this year. More

ACC submits comments on draft FAA Airport Design Advisory Circular
Last week the Airport Consultants Council submitted comprehensive comments regarding the Federal Aviation Administration's draft Airport Design Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5300-13A. This important AC was substantially revised to incorporate all previous changes to 5300-13 and includes new standards and requirements. The draft Airport Design AC will be a significant focus at next week’s Summer Workshop Series conference. More

Looking forward to seeing you next week!
Insightful panels and technical discussion await those of you joining us next week in Arlington, Va. The July 17 ACC/TSA Security Capabilities Day is an exclusive opportunity for private industry to be briefed on topics of highest priority and interest by the TSA Office of Security Capabilities. The Summer Workshop Series will be held July 18-19 and provides the opportunity for industry experts to address the most pressing airport development issues with agency decision-makers via roundtable style discussions. More

Airport-to-Airport Mutual Aid Programs
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 73: Airport-to-Airport Mutual Aid Programs is designed to help guide airports that would like to enter into formal or informal mutual aid agreements with other airports in the event of a community-wide disaster that requires support and assistance beyond its own capabilities. More

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood and Acting FAA Administrator Huerta break ground on new San Francisco air traffic control tower
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta joined federal and local officials in breaking ground for a new, NextGen equipped air traffic control tower at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). More

Solicitation for ACRP Synthesis topics for fiscal year 2013
The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is seeking potential synthesis topics for the Fiscal Year 2013 ACRP Synthesis Program. The closing date for submitting synthesis topics is Sept. 14, 2012. Syntheses are state-of-the-practice reports prepared under contract by outside individuals or firms. More

TSA PreCheck™ through Global Entry: One sweet deal!
The TSA Blog
Lisa Farbstein writes, "As a spokesperson for TSA, I've been talking about TSA PreCheck™, TSA's risk-based, expedited checkpoint screening initiative, for the past several months and decided it was time to put my money where my mouth is." More