Airport Consulting Weekly
Dec. 13, 2012

IATA forecasts 3.6 billion global airline passengers by 2016
Air Transport World
IATA said global airline passengers carried annually will rise 28.6 percent over the 2.8 billion flown in 2011 to 3.6 billion by 2016. In a forecast recently released, IATA projected average annual worldwide passenger growth of 5.3 percent for the 2012-2016 period. Of the more than 800 million new annual passengers to be added between 2011 and 2016, around 500 million will be traveling on domestic routes, IATA said. More

Air travel at risk of sharp decline
The Miami Herald
If Congress and the White House fail to deliver a deal on spending and taxes, funding for an array of federal transportation programs could suffer. But the bigger impact could result from an economic downturn that reduces travel and transportation demand. More

Holiday shopping on the fly
The New York Times
Airport shopping used to be mainly for the desperate or bored. But as airports seek to generate more revenue, they have been expanding their offerings of stores and other services, and some time-constrained business travelers now say they find gift-worthy items before their flights.More

Instant-upgrade airports
The Wall Street Journal
In the 1960s and early '70s, every commercial-airline pilot, it seemed, came in the mold of Dean Martin, and the stewardesses were as fetching as Angie Dickinson. When exiting a plane, children could look forward to being given snazzy Junior Flight Crew pendants. Terminal cocktail bars made perfect spots for hush-hush rendezvous with their low lighting and Virginia Slims smoke filtering through the air. Security wasn't the groan-inducing ritual we have come to expect and getting out was no hassle. You knew your ride would be waiting curbside - not shooed off, ticketed, towed or detained. More

Thune in line for top Commerce slot
Roll Call News
Sen. John Thune of South Dakota appears likely to inherit the top-ranking Republican seat on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Jim DeMint of South Carolina had been expected to assume that job when the new Congress convenes, but he announced he will leave Congress in January to head a conservative think tank. The top two Republicans on the panel currently - Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine - are retiring. More

American Airlines, DFW enter Sustainability Alliance
Frequent Business Traveler
American Airlines has announced a partnership with Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport meant to help improve their environmental footprint. The new Sustainability Alliance will see the two parties work together to identify opportunities for innovation in airport operations. More

Terminal renovation to make way for more big birds
The Houston Chronicle
Another terminal at Bush Intercontinental Airport is in for a major rejuvenation, including new gates designed to service the world's largest commercial passenger jet. Sometime in the first three months of next year, the Houston Airport System will bid out the design for an overhaul of the international Terminal D, which it will pay for with a combination of its own revenue and federal grants. More

Airlines want ticket taxes reduced, simplified
Airlines are pushing to cut and simplify the array of taxes and fees tacked onto passenger ticket prices. Passengers who board a plane at Sea-Tac airport currently have $13.62 added to their ticket price to cover airport landing fees, and gate and ticket counter leases. On top of that there is a $4.50 Federal Passenger Facility Charge that helps pay for improvements at airports. More

Delta Air Lines orders 40 Bombardier CRJ900s valued at $1.85 billion
Air Transport World
Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for 40 Bombardier CRJ900s valued $1.85 billion at list prices, and took options on another 30 CRJ900s. The regional jets will be operated by "carriers to be determined by Delta" under the Delta Connection brand, Bombardier and the airline said. Deliveries are slated to start in the second half of 2013. The aircraft will be configured in a two-class layout comprising 76 seats. More

TDOT announces aeronautics grants for 13 Tennessee airports
Tennessee Government
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) recently announced that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $12.2 million have been approved for 13 Tennessee airports. More

Airport authority weighs two bids for gas drilling on its land
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via Bloomberg Businessweek
Two Western Pennsylvania companies are bidding to drill for natural gas at Allegheny County's two largest airports in a deal that could provide a windfall to the authority that runs the airports and cash-strapped county government. The up-front payments of between $20 million and $44 million would pale in comparison to royalties that could exceed $200 million over the life of 85 planned wells at Pittsburgh International Airport alone, based on industry averages and today's prices. More

Atlanta airport will add to its de-icing equipment
The Associated Press via Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Officials at Atlanta's airport are spending around $40 million on an effort to reduce the risk of massive flight cancellations during winter weather. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is adding six more de-icing pads, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Economic impact study shows aviation contributes nearly $26 billion to North Carolina's economy
Aviation is an important component in North Carolina's economy. A recently completed economic impact study shows the state's 72 publicly owned airports contribute nearly $26 billion to the state's economy and supports more than 108,000 jobs. The contribution represents 6 percent of the state’s gross domestic product. More

Maldives takes over Male airport from GMR after winning appeal
Bloomberg Businessweek
The Maldives took control of Male international airport from India's GMR Infrastructure Ltd. (GMRI) after a court allowed the island-nation to take over the facility following the cancellation of a contract. The state-owned Maldives Airport Co. has taken over the operations of the Ibrahim Nassir International Airport and the transfer process has "gone smoothly," Mohamed Ibrahim, managing director of Maldives Airport said by phone. More

Venice puts airport operator stake up for sale
The city of Venice has put up for sale its 14.1 percent stake in the operator of its local airport, in a last-ditch attempt to meet year-end budget targets and avoid possible job cuts. The sale of the stake in Save SpA, which runs Venice's Marco Polo airport, is the latest example of cash-strapped local authorities forced to sell assets to meet the demands of Italy's Stability Pact. More

Dubai's new airport seen open to passengers by the end of 2013
Dubai's new Al Maktoum International airport, which began cargo operations two years ago, expects to open its long-delayed passenger terminal by the end of 2013, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said. Sheikh Ahmed is president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Dubai Airports. More

Hyderabad, India, airport adjudged best cargo airport
New York Daily News
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) has bagged the "best cargo airport and best cargo terminal of the year" award of the Air Cargo Agents Association of India (ACAAI), an official said. ACAAI, the national association representing the air cargo industry in India, promotes growth, development and professionalism in the Indian cargo agency business. More

Last week for early registration rates to the Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium!
Increase your knowledge about the latest airport technical issues and trends by attending the 2013 Airport Consultants Council/American Association of Airport Executives Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium, to be held Feb. 6-8, 2013, in New Orleans. The symposium is considered the preeminent technical event available where you can learn about the latest information and developments affecting the industry.

ACC Webinar
Last chance! FAA's New Airport Design AC 150/5300-13A: What it Means for Airport Planners and Engineers
Monday, December 17, 2012
12:30 - 2:00 EST
Register now for this repeat offering of our popular webinar held in October! 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.More

ACC welcomes new members
Genivar, Inc.
GENIVAR, through its combination with WSP, is one of the world's leading professional services firms with 300 offices across 35 countries. We offer an extensive range of global airport consultancy services covering airport cities, due diligence, air and landside planning, design, construction management, building engineering, environmental, sustainability, safety management and software solutions.

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems
General Dynamics Information Systems is a provider of end to end intelligence and reconnaissance (ISR) solutions across all domains.

Hughes Associates, Inc.
Hughes Associates, Inc. (HAI) is a recognized authority in comprehensive fire and life safety consulting for the aviation industry. The company specializes in fire protection engineering, fire science research and testing, computational fluid dynamics modeling, integration of fire alarm, emergency communications and mass notification systems, accessibility consulting, training, and commissioning.

IDSS Holdings, Inc.
IDSS (Integrated Defense and Security Solutions) provides products and services for U.S. and international security agency requirements including government services, applied technologies and data management.

Clarification of Wildlife Hazard Management Requirements for Non-Certificated Federally Obligated Airports in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS)
To enhance safety, the FAA proposes to clarify Grant Assurance No. 19, "Operation and Maintenance," which is required of an airport sponsor as a condition of receiving a development grant under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). This clarification would require noncertificated, federally obligated airports that, after the effective date of this Federal Register Notice, accept a new airport development grant funded under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), or accept a transfer of land under the Surplus Property Act for airport purposes ("Subject Airports"), to conduct Wildlife Hazard Site Visits (WHSVs) or Wildlife Hazard Assessments (WHAs). More

TSA to re-compete contract to network together screening technologies
Homeland Security Today
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is planning to re-compete a contract held by General Dynamics One Source LLC, Fairfax, Va., to network together is passenger and baggage screening technologies. Under the program, known as the Security Technology Integrated Program (STIP), TSA seeks to connect screening technologies in a single network to centralize data collection and threat response information. More

Portland, Ore., flights to be cleaner and greener
The Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that pilots will start using new NextGen technology and procedures that will enable aircraft to fly more efficient, environmentally-friendly flights into Portland International Airport (PDX) beginning next year.More