Airport Consulting Weekly
Oct. 4, 2012

Airlines have cut short-haul routes, service to small cities
Los Angeles Times
If you're having a hard time finding short-haul flights to small and medium-size cities, it's not your imagination. A new study by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation concluded that the elimination of thousands of flights of less than 500 miles is one result of the airline industry's efforts to prosper in the face of higher fuel costs and economic turbulence in the last few years. More

Supreme Court rejects appeal on airport scanners
The Supreme Court refused to consider a Michigan blogger's challenge of the use of full-body scanners and thorough pat-downs at airport checkpoints. Without comment, the court declined to take up Jonathan Corbett's complaint that the Transportation Security Administration's use of the screening techniques violated passengers' protection against illegal searches under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. More

Airport lands $3 million grant to double size of its solar farm
Times Free Press
Work will start later this month to double the size of Chattanooga Airport's solar farm after it received a $3 million federal grant. The FAA Airport Improvement Program grant will fund the second part of the three-phase project at the airport, said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a news release. More

Security flaws exposed at Washington, D.C. airports
Network World
The Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA) earlier this year published a document to its website containing sensitive security information that terrorists could potentially have used to launch cyber and physical attacks against Reagan National and Dulles International airports in Washington, D.C. More

Airports get into fitness craze for stressed-out travelers
USA Today
Jennifer Purdie recently had to figure out what to do with a two-hour layover at San Francisco International Airport. She could have gone to a bar and had a cocktail. But she wanted to try something healthier. So she pulled workout pants and a T-shirt out of her carry-on bag and stopped by the airport's new yoga room. Afterward, she changed in the bathroom, cleaned up with some antiseptic wipes, and boarded her flight in time. More

JetBlue breaks ground on $200 million JFK expansion
Crain's New York Business
JetBlue broke ground on a new international-arrivals section of its terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The 150,000-square-foot arrivals hall will be an extension of Terminal 5, which serves as the airline's main hub. It is scheduled to be completed in early 2015. The section will have three gates and three converted ones for a total of six. It will be known as "T5i" and will stand on the former site of TWA's Terminal 6, where JetBlue operated until moving into Terminal 5 in 2008. More

Comair's demise reflects changing airline partnerships
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The shutdown of Comair, a regional carrier that Delta Air Lines once paid $2 billion to buy, reflects changing economics in the airline industry and the complicated relationships between major carriers and regional partners. More

LAX gearing up to accommodate big jets and new routes
Flight Daily News via Flightglobal
Visiting Los Angeles? You'll love the beaches and you won't want to miss Disneyland. While in town, walk with the stars in Hollywood and enjoy the great shopping. Traveling for business? By any measure, Los Angeles - that nexus of the world entertainment industry - is one of a dozen or so global mega-hubs, the great and growing centers of commerce and culture whose momentum is driving the 21st century. More

City looks to seal Midway contract
Chicago Tribune
The city of Chicago can earn a little money if it cuts costs at Midway Airport under a new profit-sharing agreement with airlines that's part of a proposed 15-year deal. The City Council Aviation Committee recommended approval of a contract that would see up to $1.5 million a year returned to the city for projects at the Southwest Side airport if there is an operating budget surplus at Midway. More

At Lambert-St. Louis Airport, your leftovers head for the compost pile
Airports go through a lot of food. From Sbarro slices to more classy dining options there's a lot of stuff being made, consumed, and thrown away at airports across the globe. We've seen hubs get in on the green movement, and now it looks like the airport over in St. Louis is the latest to do so. However, they're doing a lot more than just sticking out a special bin for your left over soda bottles. More

Pittsburgh International Airport's midfield terminal at 20: A shell of its past self
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It wasn't supposed to be this way. Close to 40.8 million people were expected to travel through Pittsburgh International Airport this year, the 20th anniversary of the midfield terminal. A new satellite terminal should have been facilitating travel to far-flung international destinations. More

RPT-IATA raises profit outlook for world's airlines
The world's airlines have raised their profit forecasts for 2012 and expect improved performance in 2013 as efforts by North American airlines to trim capacity have boosted margins and demand in Asia has held up despite a weak global economy, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said. More

Frankfurt Airport opens Pier A-Plus as scheduled
The Sacramento Bee
Frankfurt Airport's (FRA) new Pier A-Plus - the 800 meter-long westward expansion of Terminal 1 - opened on schedule after about four years of construction. Flight operations begin on Oct. 10 at the new pier, allowing Germany's biggest hub to serve up to six million additional passengers per year - thus a total of approximately 65 million passengers per year. More

Last week for early registration for the 34th ACC Annual Conference & Exposition in Florida
The deadline for members and non-members to receive early registration rates to the 34th ACC Annual Conference & Exposition is Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. The Annual Conference will be held Nov. 5-7, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Florida. Register with the Hyatt Regency at the link on the conference homepage by Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 in order to receive special ACC block rates. Reservations made after this date will be at prevailing rates on a space available basis. 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. Join us in Florida to explore the latest issues affecting airport development! More

ACC Webinar
FAA's New Airport Design AC 150/5300-13A: What it Means for Airport Planners and Engineers
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012
Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 (repeat session)
12:30 - 2:00 EST
Register now for this new ACC Institute webinar! The Federal Aviation Administration's Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5300-13 "Airport Design" is considered by airport planners and engineers to be the "go-to" manual in designing airside facilities. There is a lot of buzz in the industry about the FAA's complete re-write of the AC, which is expected to be released this fall. So what is in store for airport planners and designers? This webinar will explore the key changes and updates that are included in the new AC, along with how these new policies should be incorporated into airport capital projects.

ACC welcomes new member
CCI Engineering Services
CCI provides civil engineering and engineering technology services to the transportation, utilities and construction industries. These services include roadway and bridge design, pavement design and management, electrical engineering, airport GIS, Building Information Modeling (BIM), BIM coordination, Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) and Primavera Project Scheduling/Contract Manager.


FAA publishes AC 150/5300-13A, Airport Design
This AC contains standards and recommendations for the geometric layout and engineering design of runways, taxiways, aprons, and other facilities at civil airports. This is the first major rewrite of this AC since 1989 and the result of extensive collaboration between the FAA and industry. More

FAA Office of Airports Interim Guidance on Land Uses Within a Runway Protection Zone
This interim guidance addresses questions about what compatible land use is and how to evaluate land uses that would reside in an RPZ. The FAA will use this interim guidance until the Office of Airports completes a new guidance document on land uses in the RPZ. More

AIP Eligibility for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and FAA Airports GIS (AGIS) Data Collection
This Program Guidance Letter establishes parameters for the eligibility of costs involved with aeronautical surveys in support of the FAA's Airports GIS program. More