Airport Consulting Weekly
Sept. 9, 2010

Regional airlines consolidating to cut costs
Regional airlines are consolidating to reduce overhead so they can offer lower rates to their larger airline partners, while major airlines are selling their feeder carriers to create a larger pool of smaller carriers with which to do business.More

Federal panel OKs trash site by LaGuardia
Airport Business
A trash facility being built next to New York's LaGuardia Airport is drawing outrage from pilots who say the garbage will attract birds -- and increase the risk of another emergency like the "Miracle on the Hudson."More

Transforming airport business models
In speaking with several industry colleagues, we had the feeling that the agendas of the upcoming airport conferences this fall seem to have a common theme. Many sessions are devoted to the creation of new non-aeronautical revenues. But, we feel that the sessions unfortunately focus on 'more of the same' -- the same topics repeated. In fact, we're reminded of the maxim, "If we do nothing different, why do we expect different results?" What's really not being addressed is the transformation from an old business model to a new one.More

Companies begin offering faster airport screening
The race is on among private companies to revive a long-defunct service that would give airline passengers -- especially frequent flyers -- faster processing through airport security lines.More

Indy airport to open $5.4 million cargo facility
The Indianapolis Star
Claiming cargo carried in passenger planes at Indianapolis International Airport will get a little easier. A new $5.4 million facility for shipping and receiving large or unusual freight items carried by airlines is scheduled to open just south of the Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal building.More

Oberstar: Airline industry needs more regulation
The Hill
The Department of Justice's decision to approve the merger of Continental and United Airlines shows Congress needs more authority over airlines to prevent further consolidation at the expense of consumers, according to House Transportation Committee chairman James Oberstar (D-Minn.).More

Sky Harbor to end minority-contracting policy
The Arizona Republic
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is close to ending a set of contracting standards that helped minority- and women-owned businesses open shops and restaurants in its terminals.More

Stimulus funds for BWI projects help to keep workers employed
The Washington Post
Keith Jones, a project manager for Baltimore-based P. Flanigan & Sons, watched Thursday as his construction crew at one end of the parking lot apron at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport worked on a new underground system that collects de-icing fluid from planes. More

Chicago hopes to borrow another $1 billion for O'Hare expansion
The Chicago Tribune
The fresh money would buy time to keep the project going so the city will be able to persuade the airport's two largest tenants to help with funding and avoid costly litigation. More

TSA plans outreach visits to GA airports
Aviation Week
The Transportation Security Administration is hoping to visit at least 30 percent of the general aviation airfields this year in an outreach mission to share best practices, says Brian Delauter, general manager of general aviation for TSA, reports The Weekly of Business Aviation.More

Anguilla airport reopens after Hurricane Earl
Jamaica Observer
Airport operations in the Caribbean island of Anguilla are back to normal because workers have fixed equipment caused by Hurricane Earl. Airport manager Remington Lake said that a radar beacon damaged in the storm has been repaired and there are no flight disruptions.More

Mexican airport operator GAP August passenger traffic up 3.6 percent
The Wall Street Journal
Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico reported that passenger traffic at its 12 airports rose 3.6 percent in August from a year earlier to 1.8 million. In a filing with the Mexican Stock Exchange, the airport operator said domestic traffic rose 2.3 percent to 1.26 million passengers, while international passenger traffic grew 6.6 percent to 540,900. More

New Zealand's Auckland Airport to meet Australian investors
New Zealand's biggest airport, Auckland International Airport Ltd., will meet with Australian bond and equity investors to update them on the firm's annual results, it said. More

Free ACC Lunch + Learn Webinar - Emerging Technologies at Airports
ACC is pleased to present Lunch + Learn webinars - hour-long programs on the latest trends and issues facing airport development. Registration is free, and you can take advantage of watching the webinar with others in your office or on your own. Register now for the first Lunch + Learn webinar, sponsored by SITA and titled 'Emerging Technologies at Airports.' Held on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, the webinar will feature Ron Reed, Director, Portfolio Marketing from SITA, and Enrique Melendez, Managing Principal with Paragon Project Resources, Inc., discussing new trends in passenger processing technologies and how they will impact airport operations, including applications to enhance passenger tracking, mobile services, and opportunities for non-aeronautical revenues.More

FAA celebrates completion of San Francisco International Airport Recovery Act projects
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) marked the completion of $14.5 million in runway projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) that will ensure continued safety for flights at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).More

DOT celebrates Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Recovery Act projects
The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) highlighted $15 million in safety upgrades funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will ensure the continued safe and efficient operation of aircraft at the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).More

ACRP FY 2011 Projects: Oversight Panel Nominee Solicitation
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is soliciting nominees to serve on oversight panels for new projects being established under the ACRP's FY 2011 program. Nominees should have expertise directly relevant to the proposed project topic. To help identify nominees who are members of historically underrepresented groups, TRB encourages the nomination of women and members of minority groups. Panels for the new projects are scheduled to meet beginning in November. Panel members are prohibited from submitting or participating in preparation of proposals on projects under their jurisdiction, and they serve without compensation but are paid travel and subsistence expenses. Nomination forms are available online. Nominations are due by September 15, 2010.More

ACRP Call for Examples of Impacts on Practice
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is soliciting examples of impacts on practice--instances where airports have adopted and implemented concepts that were presented in ACRP research publications. The solicitation is part of ACRP’s continuing efforts to explore the value and usefulness of its products, which are designed to help contribute to the growth and development of the airport industry. Examples of impacts on practice may be submitted by using a quick and convenient online survey. There is no limit to the number of examples you may submit.More

Airport Energy Efficiency and Cost Reduction
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 21: Airport Energy Efficiency and Cost Reduction explores energy efficiency improvements being implemented at airports across the country that are low cost and short payback.More

Federal Aviation Administration announces additional Recovery Act airport grants
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration announced that five additional airport projects have been selected for funding, paid for with $9 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds that became available because of low bids on airport projects nationwide.More