Airport Consulting Weekly
Nov. 7, 2013

Reid says airport safety standards might stop shootings
The Senate's top Democrat said that national airport safety standards might prevent shootings similar to Friday's Los Angeles International Airport shooting. "I think there are other ways that we can secure the safety of these airports," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said. "One way we could do it is have the same standards at every airport. They're different now, and I think it would be better if we had a rule in all airports as to where people leave, what kind of security we have there, where they come into the airport itself, without arming everybody."More

New DOT rules make flying easier for passengers with disabilities
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), in its ongoing effort to ensure equal access to air transportation for all travelers, is requiring airline websites and automated airport kiosks to be accessible to passengers with disabilities.More

Airline industry swooping in to prevent cyberattacks
The Los Angeles Times
Worried that computer hackers attacking banks and media companies could easily shift targets, the airline industry is taking preemptive steps to ensure it doesn't become the next victim.More

ATCA discussions highlight worries about NextGen
Aviation International News
Industry leaders attending the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) conference in Washington last month made it clear that one of their major concerns is that additional sequestration cuts are likely to further slow the deployment of the FAA's $40 billion NextGen air traffic management system.More

Airport execs clash with TSA over dropping exit lanes
Airport executives clashed with Transportation Security Administration officials over the agency's decision to stop staffing exit lanes for passengers between arriving flights and the baggage claim. John Halinski, TSA deputy administrator, told a security conference of the American Association of Airport Executives the agency is trying to save $88 million a year from staffing the posts at one-third of airports that have TSA officers there.More

Anchorage, Alaska, airport planners eye Fairbanks to help smooth growth in cargo traffic
The Associated Press via Anchorage Daily News
Fairbanks, Alaska, is being considered by Anchorage airport planners as an outlet for the projected growth in air cargo volume for the largest city in Alaska.More

Senate postpones aviation manufacturing hearing
The Hill
The Senate has postponed a hearing that was scheduled for Tuesday on boosting aviation manufacturing in the U.S. The Senate's Aviation subcommittee was scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss "maintaining U.S. leadership in the global [aviation] marketplace," according to announcement from the panel that was released last week.More

Air traffic control modernization hits turbulence
The Associated Press via
After a decade, the Next Genereation Air Transpotation System (NextGen), one of the government’s most ambitious technology programs is in danger. More

Arming TSA officers hits resistance on the Hill
The recent slaying of a Transportation Security Administration officer at Los Angeles International Airport is fueling calls from union leaders to give some of the agency's employees guns, handcuffs and the power to make arrests.More

TSA ponders more security beyond checkpoint after killing
The recent killing of a Transportation Security Administration officer in Los Angeles, after other airport shootings, shows there are safety gaps the agency must resolve, its deputy administrator said. More

D/FW Airport expands its efforts to reduce international passenger waits
The Dallas Morning News
The Dallas\Fort Worth International Airport plans to spend up to $3 million over five years to enable customs agents to expand services to help reduce long waits for international travelers. It’s the latest in a series of steps to improve customer service after international travelers waited several hours to clear customs this summer at D/FW Airport and other airports.More

Chicago mayor, aviation officials break ground on major cargo project
Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Rosemarie S. Andolino, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation and Erin Gruver, Executive Vice President of Aeroterm LLC, to break ground on the 820,000 square foot O'Hare International AIrport Northeast Cargo Center, a massive development project that will expand and enhance the efficiency of O'Hare's airport cargo operations.More

Holder: American, US Airways must shed slots at multiple airports
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder indicated that a settlement with the federal government is possible to allow the merger of Fort Worth-based American Airlines and US Airways, but only if the airlines shed assets at key airports across the country.More

After Los Angeles airport shooting, no easy answers on security strategies
The New York TImes
When Stephen L. Holl, the chief of police at the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority, gathered his staff for the regular morning meeting, he opened with a sobering assessment.More

AMR CEO sees way to settle suit over US Airways merger
American Airlines Chief Executive Officer Tom Horton said "there's a way" to reach a settlement with U.S. antitrust regulators seeking to block the merger of the AMR Corp. unit with US Airways Group Inc.More

Illinois' $35 million airport blunder
Joliet Herald News
Illinois may end up paying $35 million more for property for the South Suburban Airport because it allowed a businessman to construct a private airfield on the land.More

Awakening a future giant: Al Maktoum welcomes first passengers
By Matt Falcus
History was made when the first aircraft carrying passengers landed at Dubai's new Al Maktoum International Airport — projected to one day be the world's largest. The Wizz Air flight — an Airbus A320 arriving from Budapest — came in a week when the airport added two new airline carriers to its roster and finally opened its passenger terminal after a series of delays. The opening of the new passenger terminal marks a major milestone in the transition of aviation infrastructure in the United Arab Emirates.More

Self-service initiatives key feature of Singapore's Changi Airport's T4
More self-service options will be introduced in Singapore's Changi Airport Terminal 4, in order to enhance both productivity and the passenger experience, the city-state's Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said at the groundbreaking ceremony for the under construction T4.More

Puerto Rico reveals development plan for regional airports
Caribbean Journal
Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced a plan to develop the territory's regional airports. The initiative will have a private investment of $25 million, Padilla said, supplemented with a contribution of about $13 million in state and federal funding.More

Councils pay €1.1 million for airport site
Galway's airport has been sold to the county's local authorities, ensuring the 115-acre site stays in public ownership. The airport, which stopped servicing flights in 2011, was bought by Galway's city and county councils for €1.1 million. More

Phuket, Thailand, airport passengers likely to top record 11 million this year
Phuket Wan
The dramatic increase in tourist numbers visiting Phuket leveled off a little in October but a record 2013 still appears certain. Rising by a mere 20.38 percent, there were 934,298 arrivals and departures at Phuket International Airport for the month, taking the total for 10 months so far to 9,337,961. More

Inverness Airport upgrade gets underway
The Scotsman
A multi-million pound plan to upgrade the airfield at Inverness Airport has begun. Regional airport operator HIAL is investing £1.4 million on a project to resurface the airport's mile long runway, which handles around 31,000 flights a year.More

Macquarie rises to highest since 2010 on airport spinoff
Macquarie Group Ltd., Australia's largest investment bank, rose to a three-and-a-half-year high after it proposed to distribute to shareholders its stake in Sydney Airport and said first-half profit climbed 39 percent. More

Investors sought for Santiago, Chile, and fears about Finnish airport closures
Airport World
Chile's search for a new concessionaire to operate and develop Santiago's Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport and fears that some of Finland's smaller gateways may have to close in the future were two of the issues covered during Day 2 of the Global Airport Development conference in Nice, France. More

Explore global aviation opportunities at the 3rd Annual ACC Global Business Summit
The ACC Global Business Summit is tailored for new and veteran airport development experts who are interested in global economic trends, aviation funding and investment, international teaming and more. The summit features a comprehensive agenda with insight from global aviation experts on all phases of executing successful global aviation projects. Sessions will include an examination of emerging national economies such as Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Turkey and more. Join us in Washington, DC and equip your firm with the tools necessary to execute successful projects in these global hotspots!More

Operational and Business Continuity Planning for Prolonged Airport Disruptions
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 93: Operational and Business Continuity Planning for Prolonged Airport Disruptions provides a guidebook and software tool for airport operators to assist, plan, and prepare for disruptive and catastrophic events that have the potential for causing prolonged airport closure resulting in adverse impacts to the airport and to the local, regional, and national economy.More

FAA issues final rule on pilot training
As part of its ongoing efforts to enhance safety and put the best qualified and trained pilots in the flight decks of U.S. airplanes, the Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a final rule that will significantly advance the way commercial air carrier pilots are trained.More

Guidebook to Creating a Collaborative Environment Between Airport Operations and Maintenance
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 92: Guidebook to Creating a Collaborative Environment Between Airport Operations and Maintenance provides tools and strategies that are designed to help potentially increase and improve collaboration between operations and maintenance staffs at airports.More