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Airport Consulting Weekly
March 3, 2011
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Airport capital needs pegged at $80 billion over 5 years
Engineering News-Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Airports will require an estimated $80.1 billion in capital projects over the next five years to upgrade and expand runways, terminals and other infrastructure, the Airports Council International-North America says in a new survey.

Domestic Airport News

Napolitano: Budget cuts could lead to longer airport waits
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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned on Wednesday that travelers could face longer waits to get through airport security if Republican-proposed budget cuts are adopted. The fiscal 2011 budget plan passed by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives does not include President Barack Obama's request for more funds for transportation security officers, full-body scanners and other explosive detection equipment in fiscal 2011. More

Small airports, left behind
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Residents of some of America's smaller cities may face a tough choice in the future: pay increasingly high fares to board a plane close to home or drive farther to a bigger airport with lower ticket prices. While it is difficult to calculate how much fares are rising at places like Mobile, Ala., versus large cities like Miami -- the Department of Transportation's most recent study of rural airfares was published in 1998 -- industry executives and analysts agree that smaller markets are generally experiencing bigger price increases. More

Airport resilience and preparedness
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For some time now question marks have been placed against airports and their levels of resilience. In the past year alone we have seen at close hand the global chaos caused by the volcanic ash cloud, while more recently we witnessed some of Europe's leading airports struggle to maintain operational readiness during periods of heavy snowfall. More

Pro & Con: Should airport screening be conducted by private security?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
The most important consideration relating to airport passenger screening is which Transportation Security Administration model performs best. From covert testing, anecdotal information and independent evaluation, utilizing private screening professionals under federal regulation and oversight is a better security option. More

How would you improve concessions at the airport?
The San Diego Union-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The people dragging their luggage through San Diego International Airport are stressed out and short on time. They need a quick meal, reading material for a cross-country flight, or a last-minute gift to bring home. More

Construction phase of Lindbergh Field expansion starts
KFMB-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Construction replaced destruction at Lindbergh Field as workers began installing steel girders for the Terminal 2 expansion project. About 5,000 tons of steel will be used to make the framework for the 445,000-square-foot expansion on the west side of the terminal, according to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. More

DFW Airport begins $1.9 billion terminal renovation project
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
A barrier will go up at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, marking the first visible sign of the airport's $1.9 billion terminal renovation project. "The wall," as airport CEO Jeff Fegan calls it, will block Gate 9 in Terminal A from passengers. In May, another wall will block a more substantial area: the ticket counters and concessions between Gates A13 and A16, as construction crews begin to tear apart and renovate the 37-year-old terminal from the inside out. More

City-airlines O'Hare talks near collapse
The Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tense negotiations between the city of Chicago and United and American airlines over O'Hare expansion have almost collapsed, officials said. The acrimony between the two sides has run so deep that, despite agreements to meet almost every day, city and airline officials often convene in separate rooms, with officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation shuttling back and forth, according to city, airline and federal sources. More

International Airport News

China plans airport building spree
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China will build another 45 airports over the next five years, the industry regulator said, raising fresh questions about the potential for overcapacity in the transport sector. Li Jiaxing, the head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, said that the new investments would take the total number of airports in the country to 220, even though most of the existing airports were losing money. More

Delta expects new slots to foster growth at Heathrow Airport
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Delta Air Lines Inc. will add more flights at London's Heathrow airport with a special focus on lucrative transatlantic routes after securing slots that British Airways and AMR Corp's American Airlines were forced to surrender due to competition issues after forging their alliance. More

Mexican airport operator GAP 4Q net profit up 34 percent to MXN$445.1 million
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Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico SAB, or GAP, said its net profit surged 34 percent in the fourth quarter from a year earlier as new accounting rules gave the company lower tax and amortization rates. More

ACC News

ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium
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Over 600 attendees converged in Denver for the 2011 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium. The conference featured technical discussions among airport experts and unparalleled networking opportunities. Participants learned about challenges and opportunities in funding airport development in the future, along with ways that commercial space travel and changing aircraft design will affect airports and travelers. Dr. John Kasarda, the architect of the Aerotropolis model, took attendees on a virtual tour of emerging airport cities and aerotropolises around the world to see how this new model can boost airport revenues, attract more passengers and cargo, and catalyze sustainable economic development in outlying areas. ACC would like to particularly thank Symposium Committee Chair Don Bergin, Blast Deflectors, Inc; Vice Chair Laurie Cullen, HNTB; and the entire conference committee; and all track hosts, moderators, and panelists for making the event possible. More

RIAC recipient of the 2011 ACC Excellence in Procurement Award
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The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) was the recipient of the 2011 ACC Excellence in Procurement Award at an award ceremony on Feb. 24. RIAC received the award based on its long-standing policy that is used for all projects regardless of funding sources. The award, in its third year, seeks to recognize an airport or airport sponsor that demonstrates excellence in procurement and contracting practices. For more information about the award or how you can nominate an airport sponsor for next year's award, visit More

SAGA wins Speas Award
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The 2011 Jay Hollingsworth Speas Award was presented to the Sustainable Aviation Guidance Alliance (SAGA) at the 2011 ACC/AAAE Symposium. SAGA was recognized "For creating a comprehensive repository of information on proven solutions that is accessible to airports of all sizes and types to help them plan, implement, maintain and enhance operationally efficient and effective sustainability programs." The Speas Award, co-sponsored by AIAA, ACC and AAAE is presented annually to the person or persons who are deemed to have made the most significant contribution to airports and their adjacent environments. More


FAA reauthorization bill would affect some airline operations
The Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After delaying for more than three years a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, Congress appears ready to adopt legislation that would also make several changes in the way airlines operate. More

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