Airport Consulting Weekly
Aug. 25, 2011

Airport security: You ain't seen nothing yet
MSNBC
The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks forever changed the way Americans fly. Gone are the days when friends or family could kiss passengers goodbye at the gate, replaced by X-rayed shoes and confiscated shampoo bottles at security checkpoints.More

GOP lawmakers to LaHood: Don't waive all rural airport subsidy cuts
The Hill
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood should judiciously use his ability to waive cuts to subsidies for flight service to rural airports that caused the impasse that led to a partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration, a group of Republicans lawmakers said.   More

Logan adding a $65 million runway fail-safe
The Boston Globe
Logan International Airport has launched a $65 million project that will close the airport's longest runway for at least six months and extend it hundreds of feet into Boston Harbor.More

US airlines trim service, restrain growth
Reuters
U.S. airlines, hoping to offset high fuel costs and potentially sagging travel demand, have taken a scalpel to their route structures once again. The service reductions go hand in hand with another stated goal - adding service only where travel demand justifies it. These measures reflect a defensive posture by airlines in uncertain economic times, and show remarkable restraint for the once-bloated industry.More

Memphis, Tenn., airport feels effect of Delta reduction, flight count down 18 percent in July
Memphis Business Journal
The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority heard decreased enplanement and cargo numbers at its meeting, the first of its new fiscal year. Memphis International Airport felt the service reduction by Delta Air Lines Inc. in July. Enplanement, at 388,310 passengers in July, was down 16 percent compared to 463,815 passengers in July last year. Memphis International saw 224 daily scheduled flights in July, an 18 percent decrease from 274 in July 2010.More

Memphis, Tenn., airport OKs plan to fix west runway
The Commercial Appeal
Memphis International Airport is prepping for a $10 million fix for a runway that's too close to Shelby Drive. The Airport Authority voted to hire an engineer to design collapsible concrete surfacing that would stop a plane from reaching the six-lane street if it overran the runway.More

Johnstown, Pa. region's busiest airport lands $700,000 grants for runway, terminal upgrades
WJAC-TV
Officials at University Park Airport told WJAC-TV that it had secured two grants worth $700,000 for upgrades at the fourth-busiest airport in Pennsylvania. The Federal Aviation Administration funding is being released in two grants, including $250,000 for the rehabilitation and improvements to the runway, and $450,000 for upgrades inside the commercial passenger terminal.  More

Overall Tulsa, Okla., airport revenue down, but bright spots remain
Tulsa World
Total revenue has dropped in the last few years at Tulsa International Airport, but some revenue contributors and airport businesses are showing strength in a less than robust economy, an airport audit shows.More

Albany, Ga., to accept any FAA grant
WALB-TV
Albany, Ga., city leaders want to be ready to move forward with construction of a new airport terminal as soon as the Federal Aviation Administration is ready. City Commissioners voted unanimously to accept an FAA Grant for the project, even though the grant hasn't been offered yet.More

New terminal complex proposed for Armstrong International in New Orleans
WWL-TV
Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans is showing its age. "We're taking actions today to improve the customer experience in the existing facility," said city CAO Andy Kopplin. "But, we know we have a long way to go to achieve the world class airport that this city deserves, this region deserves, the state deserves."More

New terminal, runway for Auckland, NZ, airport
Aviation Week
Auckland International Airport is reviving plans to combine its international and domestic terminals and build a second runway, with a timeline for these major development projects to be decided soon.More

UFO spotted over Chinese airport
FOX News
Planes were dramatically diverted away from a major Chinese airport after reports of a UFO circling a runway, the Shanghai Daily reported. The mysterious object was spotted floating high above Jiangbei International Airport in the city of Chongqing, an important aviation hub for southwestern China.More

Register now for the ACC 33rd Annual Conference & Exposition!
ACC
The ACC 33rd Annual Conference & Exposition is designed to give your firm insight on staying competitive during critical times. Topics include techniques for how to respond when clients want more for less; the latest on how NextGen will impact your firm's future; a timely update on emerging industry and business trends; and a new session entitled "Innovations: Highlighting New Technologies & Services." This new session will offer a select group of ACC members the opportunity to showcase their firm's innovative services and products. The location of this year's event will be the Miramonte Resort & Spa, located in the heart of Palm Springs Valley in Indian Wells, approximately 30 minutes from Palm Springs International Airport. For more information or to register, visit www.ACConline.org.More

Bird harassment, repellent, and deterrent techniques for use on and near airports
ACRP
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 23: Bird Harassment, Repellent, and Deterrent Techniques for Use on and Near Airports reviews techniques for reducing bird collisions with aircraft and the relative effectiveness of the various techniques.More

Air cargo screening
TSA
This rule amends two provisions of the Air Cargo Screening Interim Final Rule (IFR) issued on Sept. 16, 2009, and responds to public comments on the IFR. The IFR codified a statutory requirement of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) establish a system to screen 100 percent of cargo transported on passenger aircraft not later than Aug. 3, 2010. More

Mica on the FAA show-down
WMFE-FM
The Federal Aviation Administration shut-down has ended, but critical issues remain. Senate Democrats and House Republicans found a compromise this month, approving a temporary funding measure for the administration. But that will expire in September.More