Airport Consulting Weekly
July 15, 2010

What travel slump? Airport says economic impact zooms
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport generates about $32.6 billion in direct business revenue in metro Atlanta -- up nearly 40 percent over four years despite a drop in passenger volume last year, according to a new study it commissioned. More

Pacific Northwest will examine using biofuels for jets
Bloomberg Businessweek
Major airports in the Pacific Northwest are joining Boeing Co., Alaska Airlines and Washington State University to study how biomass sources might produce aviation fuel. The six-month study will look at how a biofuels industry might be created in the Northwest and used to power jet fleets. Portland International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International and Spokane International will take part.More

Police union says LA airport vulnerable to attacks
The Associated Press via Google
Security cutbacks have made Los Angeles International Airport vulnerable to a terrorist attack, its police union complained in a letter to airport officials who deny the allegation. The Airport Police Officers Association told their police chief in a letter last month that the force was spread too thin in the central terminal area, and there have been fewer random checks of vehicles entering the airport.More

High-tech art welcomes passengers at San Jose International Airport
Earthlings, be warned. There's a 26-foot-tall space robot with waving, propeller-tipped arms in Terminal B at California's Mineta San Jose International Airport. There's no need to be frightened. In fact, you might want to build in a little extra time to get to know this new creature. More

Greenville-Spartanburg Airport to receive $98 million upgrade
Go Upstate
Officials for Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport are moving forward with a $98 million renovation plan to upgrade the airport's 50-year-old main terminal. The plan, which was presented by GSP's private consulting firm RS&H during the airport commission's board meeting, includes features that will improve traffic flow and security, centralize ticketing and screening functions and make the building more eco-friendly, just to name a few.More

Frankfurt airport passengers up 7% in June
Bloomberg Businessweek
Frankfurt airport's operator says passenger figures at the hub were up 7 percent in June compared with a year earlier as the aviation industry recovers from the economic crisis. Fraport AG said that Frankfurt handled more than 4.85 million passengers last month. The number of aircraft movements was up 2.7 percent, with 41,159 takeoffs and landings.More

Mexico's Televisa eyes new airport telecoms deal
Mexico's top broadcaster Televisa said it is interested in providing telecommunication services at an airport the government plans to build south of the popular Caribbean resort of Cancun.More

Ministers against Edinburgh Airport £1 drop-off fee
BBC News
Scottish government ministers are not supporting Edinburgh Airport's plans to charge £1 for dropping off passengers at its terminal building by car. Instead the Scottish government has said it wants to "encourage" drivers to leave their car at home and use public transport instead.More

Register now for 'AIT Implementation at Airports' webinar
The second of two ACC Institute webinars titled 'Advanced Imaging Technology Implementation at Airports' will be held on July 29, 2010 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. EDT. 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

New webinar on Porous Pavement Applications at Airports offered
The ACC Institute will be hosting a new webinar titled "New Directions in Porous Pavement Applications at Airports" on Wednesday, July 28 and Thursday August 5, 2010 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT.  This webinar will cover potential applications of porous pavements at airports and review current guidance on porous pavements that has been published by the FAA. This webinar is intended for anyone involved in the evaluation, design, or rehabilitation of airfield pavements, including engineers and pavement designers from both airport agencies and consulting firms.More

Travel reimbursements ban under FAA review
Aviation Week
FAA has released a proposed legal interpretation that would revise the agency's broad prohibition on reimbursements for executive use of company aircraft for personal reasons.More

Alternative Aircraft Anti-Icing Formulations with Reduced Aquatic Toxicty and Biochemical Oxygen Demand
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Web-Only Document 8: Alternative Aircraft Anti-Icing Formulations with Reduced Aquatic Toxicty and Biochemical Oxygen Demand explores the aquatic toxicity and biological oxygen demand state of the art, components, and promising alternative formulations of deicing and anti-icing products. The report also examines the performance; efficiency; material compatibility; and environmental, operational, and safety impacts of alternative formulations and components as well as the fate and transport of deicing and anti-icing formulation components and their degradation products.More