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Airport Consulting Weekly
Apr. 12, 2012
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Terminal sickness
Washington Monthly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"It was certainly one of the hardest choices that I've ever made," explained Fernando Aguirre. He'd raised his family and built his career in Cincinnati rising through the ranks of the city's business elite, first as an executive at Procter & Gamble's headquarters and later as CEO and chairman of Chiquita Brands International. Along the way, he became a fanatical fan and part owner of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, as well as a proud sponsor of the Chiquita Classic golf tournament, the proceeds from which he poured into local philanthropies. More

Domestic Airport News

Boom and bust, the regional jet phenomenon
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Twenty years after the delivery of Bombardier's first regional jet, a change in market dynamics has caused orders for 50-seat regional jets to collapse and production to cease, with no successors planned. Airlines have shifted towards using larger aircraft and turboprops on routes previously served by 50-seat regional jets. More

New video tells Alaska aviation lifeline story
DOT&PF, State of Alaska    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Division of Statewide Aviation produced the first of a two-part series video illustrating how aviation serves as a lifeline for 82 percent of the communities in Alaska. Filmed in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, the video features interviews with village residents and service providers who describe how important aviation is in their lives. More

LAX's Bradley Terminal project cost heads skyward
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The cost of expanding a key terminal at the center of Los Angeles International Airport's modernization plan has increased from about $1.4 billion to almost $2 billion. But airport officials say the overall $4.1-billion modernization program, as well as the now more-expensive Tom Bradley International Terminal, are still on schedule and within budget because of a built-in contingency fund and cost savings achieved on other projects in the revitalization effort. More

Virgin America ponders Philadelphia airport expansion
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Having just arrived in Philadelphia, low-cost airline Virgin America will quickly find itself involved in the debate over the city's planned expansion of Philadelphia International Airport. Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson and chief executive officer David Cush cautiously broached the issue, urging a weighing of the dueling priorities of the city-owned airport and its airline tenants. More

United to pull out of Oakland airport in June
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United Airlines will terminate its operations at Oakland International airport on June 4, an airport representative said. "We're very disappointed that we're losing our longtime partner," said airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes. United has serviced Oakland airport for 75 years. However, United only serves 1.4 percent of the airport's passengers with 11 weekly flights to Denver, the airlines hub. More

Airport bets a billion on future amid USAir concerns
Charlotte Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Cranes rumbled and smoked last week at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, as workers drove pilings deep into the ground for the airport's new, $160-million hourly parking deck. That project, scheduled for completion in 2014, is just a small part of the $1 billion worth of construction planned or proposed for the airport over the next seven years: an eight-lane entrance road, a fifth runway, an expanded main terminal, and a freestanding international terminal where the rental car facility currently stands. More

TSA budget cuts likely mean even longer airport waits
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Passengers at airport security checkpoints in Houston may be fed up with time-consuming screenings, but their maximum waits - 31 minutes or more at both Bush Intercontinental and Hobby - are not as long as some other major cities, according to an analysis of consumer reports to the Transportation Security Administration and others. Weary travelers have reported waiting as long as 50 minutes at Phoenix Sky Harbor International and 49 minutes at San Francisco International. More

US airports face financial pressure, rating cuts
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America's airports may not get all the federal funding promised in a new capital improvements program and some airports will face financial pressures that could yield credit-ratings cuts, Standard & Poor's said. President Obama in February signed a Federal Aviation Administration bill okaying $3.35 billion in annual airport improvements funds for the fiscal years through 2015. More

Hobby expansion adds 10,000 jobs, Southwest says
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Opening Hobby Airport to commercial international flights will create 10,000 jobs, bring 1.6 million more air travelers through Houston annually and inject an additional $1.6 billion a year into the local economy, according to a Southwest Airlines executive who has seen city-commissioned studies on the matter. More

Falls airport gets a lift
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The Niagara Falls International Airport in New York will receive $11.7 million in federal money sooner than expected for its runway reconstruction. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, D-26th District, said the Federal Aviation Authority would release its portion of the $23 million project immediately. More

International Airport News

New scanners could end airline liquids ban
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Devices should be installed at every airport in Britain and across the EU by the end of next April, after they were approved by the Department for Transport. Although passengers will still have to remove bottles from their cabin luggage for inspection, they will no longer be banned from carrying containers of fluid larger than 100 ml. More

Airport says New South Wales government must reject Tralee plan
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Canberra Airport is urging the New South Wales Premier to reject the controversial Tralee proposal in a move which its developers have labeled "bold and rapacious." Canberra Airport chief executive Stephen Byron has backed Premier Barry O'Farrell's call to expand the capital's terminal and build a high-speed rail service between Sydney and Canberra to ease the pressure off Sydney Airport. More

Dubai Duty Free picks banks for $1.1 billion loan
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Airport retailer Dubai Duty Free has mandated banks for a $1.1 billion multi-tranche loan facility to help fund the expansion of Dubai's international airport, the company said in a statement. Citibank along with Dubai Islamic, HSBC and Emirates NBD have been hired to arrange and coordinate the debut international transaction, the company said in an emailed statement. More

ACC News

Gittens recipient of the 2012 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence
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ACC has selected Angela Gittens, Director General of ACI-World, as the recipient of the prestigious ACC Aviation Award of Excellence. This award is being presented in recognition of Gittens' 25-plus years of aviation experience and extensive knowledge of airport business management and policy issues. As a former executive at three of the country's largest airports, a consultant, and current leader of ACI-World, Gittens serves as an effective advocate of airports domestically as well as internationally. A well-known leader and outstanding spokesperson in the airport sector, she has provided strategic vision to the worldwide aviation community. The award will be presented to Gittens at the 34th ACC Annual Conference on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Bonita Springs, Fla. More

Eagan selected for the ACC Board of Directors
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ACC Board of Directors Chair Courtney Beamon with Delta Airport Consultants announced that Mary Ellen Eagan, President of Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc., has been selected to fill a vacancy on the ACC Board of Directors. Eagan will serve out the term of former ACC board member Brad Mims, who changed company employment. In announcing the selection, Beamon stated, "I want to thank Brad for his valuable contribution to ACC and the board of directors. We look forward to welcoming Mary Ellen to the board and I am confident that she will be a great addition to the Council's leadership team." More


Despite FAA reauthorization, NextGen questions persist
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A group of aeropolitical heavyweights gathered in Washington to discuss the US's continuing, and often slow, effort to transition to a satellite-based ATC system. Given that FAA reauthorization legislation was finally passed in February, you might expect there would be some optimism over the country's move to "NextGen" ATC after years of uncertainty created by political inertia. More

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