Airport Consulting Weekly
Nov. 14, 2013

Government in agreement to allow American, US Airways merger
The Associated Press via Washington Times
The Justice Department has decided to allow American Airlines and US Airways to merge, thereby creating the world’s biggest airline. More

Delta wants US Air, American's DC flights
The Hill
Delta Airlines is eyeing flights to Washington, D.C.'s Reagan Washington National Airport that are being given up by U.S. Airways and American Airlines in the companies' settlement with the Department of Justice over its proposed merger.More

Computers vs. people: The next step in airport security
Ryan Clark
On the morning of Nov. 1, Paul Ciancia was driven to Los Angeles International Airport where he allegedly shot and killed a TSA officer and wounded two others before he was wounded and arrested. The incident underscores the continued anxiety and worry surrounding airport security. Airport travel has become an experience that includes random and intrusive bag checks, X-ray screenings and the oppressive sight of long, winding and time-consuming lines. With this in mind, companies have begun looking for ways to simplify the hassle. Introducing Qylatron: a honeycomb-shaped self-service screening system that will either make a lot of peoples' lives easier or open a Pandora's box with terrible implications.More

Boise, Idaho, airport opens new $30 million air traffic control tower
Boise State Public Radio
City officials will cut the ribbon this week on the new control tower at the Boise airport. The tower is 268 feet tall, right in between the height of Idaho’s two tallest buildings in downtown Boise. The $30 million facility actually started full operations last month, about five years after construction began.More

America's crunchiest airport offers a $15 minimum wage and kindness to birds
Bloomberg Businessweek
If an award were given for airport progressivism, Washington's Seattle-Tacoma International would have already been the clear front-runner. It was one of the first airports to deploy radar — instead of, say, shotgun blasts — to humanely disperse birds from flight paths. It also pioneered the energy-saving practice of pushing warm and cool air from within the terminal to parked airplanes. Now the airport is on the verge of becoming the first in the country to guarantee all workers a $15-an-hour minimum wage — far higher than the statewide minimum of $9.19 and federal minimum of $7.25.More

Boosted by merger, D/FW Airport predicted to jump to No. 2 among US airports in 2022
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will probably jump to second place among the largest U.S. airports by 2022, up from its current No. 4 spot, an industry analyst predicted. Aviation consultant Michael Boyd, speaking at his company’s annual conference, said D/FW Airport has room to grow unlike many other airports. It will also benefit from the proposed merger of American Airlines Inc. and US Airways Inc., Boyd said, assuming that marriage is allowed to happen.More

Airport IT investment rockets towards $6 billion with focus on passenger experience
Airport IT investment is set to reach $6 billion in 2013, according to the latest data from SITA. The survey outlines large-scale growth as airports drill down into an understanding of the passenger experience and what investments are needed to both keep pace with, and out-innovate, what's going on outside the airport arena.More

FAA unveils plan for integrating drones into US airspace
The Federal Aviation Administration released an initial plan for integrating unmanned aircraft more broadly into U.S. airspace by September 2015, along with a privacy policy for six drone test sites that will be chosen by the end of the year. More

A winter innovation: The airport coat check
The New York Times
It's getting cold in the Northern Hemisphere, and that means we are about to enter the Winter Campaign in the overhead bin wars.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

Reid says airport safety standards might stop shootings
The Senate's top Democrat said that national airport safety standards might prevent shootings similar to the Los Angeles International Airport shooting.More

Liquids ban to be lifted at European airports; Is the US next?
Los Angeles Times
London's Heathrow Airport screeners in January will begin using a screening device to test liquids carried by passengers onto planes. The U.S. is considering several options for liquids screening.More

Vienna airport orders 33 rapid liquid scanners from EMISENS
In preparation for the first phase of the lifting of liquids restrictions for EU airline passengers in January 2014, the International Airport of Vienna has ordered 33 EMILI 2 liquid scanners for its security checkpointsMore

New £47.3 billion airport planned for London's Thames River
Plans have been unveiled for a £47.3-billion airport — at the mouth of London's River Thames. The six-runway airport — named Boris Island after its main proponent London Mayor Johnson — could be built within seven years. If it goes ahead it is likely to mean the closure of Heathrow, London's hub airport west of the capital.More

Navi Mumbai airport is finally on the runway
The state government cleared all hurdles before the Navi Mumbai International Airport project. During a meeting at the Sahyadri guest house, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan offered the country's biggest compensation and rehabilitation package to the project-affected farmers. The first phase of the airport is expected to be functional in three-and-a-half years. More

Swaziland: Promise to open king's airport broken
Sikhuphe International Airport in Swaziland, dubbed by independent observers as 'King Mswati III's vanity project,' is supposed to be open and operational, but there are no obvious signs that it is. Solomon Dube, director of the Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority, was widely reported in the Swazi media last month saying the airport would be 'fully licensed and operational' by now.More

Brazil's Viracopos International Airport to use Johnson Controls technology integration to advance passenger comfort and safety
PR Newswire via
Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company and leader in the buildings and automotive industries, will install and integrate all airport management systems as part of a renovation and expansion of the Viracopos International Airport in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. More

Last chance to save on registration to the ACI-NA/ACC Airport Planning and NEPA Course
The 2013 ACI-NA/ACC Airport Planning and NEPA Course, being held Dec. 9-11, will provide you with the tools you need to plan and deliver your airports' facilities successfully in our post-recession, post-consolidation, globalized world. Jointly sponsored by Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC), the event will include lessons learned, best practices, and interactive roundtable sessions that will make you a better planner or environmental specialist. Register before this Friday, Nov. 15, to save on both your hotel and conference registration rates!More

Thanks to all who made the 35th ACC Annual Conference & Exposition a success!
Over 150 attendees gathered in Tucson to learn about the three Ts of a changing business environment: tools, talent and technology. The new and improved agenda at this year's conference once again provided invaluable networking and consideration for future business plans. Thanks to all the sponsors, exhibitors, and tech showcase participants who made the conference a success. A special thanks to Conference Chair Bill Sandifer, Conference Vice Chair Kristin Shaw with Cofely Airport Services, Faith Varwig with Faith Group, LLC, Philip McDonough with ServiceTec International and the entire conference committee for the work they put in to develop and deliver an excellent conference.More

Readout of TSA Administrator Pistole's meeting with security organizations
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole met with over 20 security organizations to hear their input on airport security for TSA employees, airport and law enforcement officials, and the 1.8 million passengers who travel each day.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