Airport Consulting Weekly
Aug. 23, 2012

Burning question: Do germs spread on airport security lines?
The Wall Street Journal
We live in a germy world, says William Schaffner, infectious-disease specialist and chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. "If we went down to Times Square and began culturing people's noses, something like 10 percent to 20 percent of them carry the antibiotic-resistant staph infection MRSA," he adds.More

Las Vegas takes off with airport modernization
The Huffington Post
Summer travelers dread few things more than a terrible airport experience. There is only so much preparation one can make to deal with overcrowded, outdated terminal buildings and the possibility of being stuck on a plane in tarmac gridlock. The worst experiences can ruin an entire vacation. Fortunately, major U.S. airports are investing billions of dollars to modernize their infrastructure.More

Airport to begin two-year road construction project
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is warning travelers to allow more time to get to the domestic terminal for their flights, as the airport embarks on a two-year construction project to revamp the roads leading to the terminal.More

Mandatory class for airport officers accused of profiling
The New York Times
Transportation Security Administration officers who are in a behavioral detection program designed to spot terrorists at airports have been ordered to undergo special training after officers in Boston were accused of racially profiling passengers.More

Airport upgrade takes off
The Daily Times
The flaps are down and the engine is revved up on a years-long plan to upgrade the Sussex County Airport, where a longer runway could help Southern Delaware land more aircraft and more job opportunities for the local economy. More

What airlines take away, one airport (partially) gives back
Business travel these days is rarely pretty and it's never inexpensive. It is about to get a bit more expensive if the recent fare hike by Southwest Airlines is any indication. The airline has added $10 to round trips for flights shorter than 500 miles - a rate increase that will be primarily borne by business travelers, according to the Los Angeles Times. More

BAA to sell London Stansted Airport
The Wall Street Journal
BAA Ltd., the U.K. airport operator partly owned by Spain's Ferrovial SA, said it would sell London's Stansted Airport, ending a four-year legal campaign to overturn an antitrust ruling aimed at creating more competition in the British air travel market. More

South Sudan says China to help build new airport in Juba
South Sudan said China would help build a new airport in the capital Juba, completing a project that has highlighted the government's struggle to execute infrastructure projects. South Sudan has been trying to build up efficient state institutions and start development despite netting in billions of dollars in oil revenues since a 2005 peace agreement with Sudan. More

Auditor faults government over Delhi Airport
The Wall Street Journal
India's federal audit body has criticized the government for allowing the private operator of Delhi's international airport to get hold of a major airport for 60 years and several hundred acres of land at a low price. A consortium of companies led by GMR Infrastructure Ltd. and including Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and Fraport AG holds a 74 percent stake in Delhi International Airport Ltd., the airport's operator. The remaining stake is with state-run Airports Authority of India. More

Post-Recession Flight Plan: Register Friday for ACC 34th Annual Conference & Exposition
Tomorrow marks the opening of registration for the ACC 34th Annual Conference & Exposition, Nov. 5-7, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Florida. Under the theme of "Post Recession Flight Plan," conference topics will include expanding your partnerships; exploring the impacts of the 2012 election results to aviation; evaluating the latest emerging international trends; and deciphering the consequences of various airport funding scenarios. The conference will also feature the Awards Luncheon, where ACI-World Director General Angela Gittens will be honored with the ACC Aviation Award of Excellence for her leadership and advocacy within the airport sector. Make plans now to learn more about the business of airport development, broaden professional networks and catch up with industry colleagues. Visit tomorrow and register to join us in Florida!

Guidebook for Implementing Intelligent Transportation Systems Elements to Improve Airport Traveler Access Information
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 70: Guidebook for Implementing Intelligent Transportation Systems Elements to Improve Airport Traveler Access Information provides descriptions, component details, and examples of how airport ground access information can be disseminated using various intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies. More