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Airport Consulting Weekly
May. 31, 2012
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Faceless but connected: Welcome to Airport 2025
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The airport environment will be unrecognizable by 2025, but only if the industry shifts paradigm to create a "streamlined, stress free and holistic service", a new report says. And there's a trade-off: Automated, customer-centric processes mean travelers will need to relinquish data and do more logistics. More

Domestic Airport News

House committee to review FAA flight tower consolidation plans
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A House committee will hold a hearing this week about the Federal Aviation Administration plans to consolidate air traffic control towers to prepare for its proposal to build a new satellite-based navigation system for airplanes flying in the United States. More

Airline lobby slams fee increase to close TSA budget shortfall
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The lobbying group for airlines is sharply criticizing lawmakers in the Senate for voting to increase the fees paid by passengers for aviation security. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to approve a Homeland Security appropriations bill that includes a one-way increase in the security fee for passengers from $2.50 to $5. Supporters of the measure said the money would be used to close a budget shortfall at the Transportation Security Administration. More

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport named 2012 Airport of the Year
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As the summer travel season gets ready to kick off and people book flights for vacations and getaways, one Arizona airport is being recognized for its superior service and accomplishments over the past year. The Arizona Department of Transportation has named Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport the 2012 Airport of the Year. The award was presented to airport managers and staff last night (May 22) at the Arizona Airports Association Conference in Tucson. This is the second time Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has received this award - the facility also won in 2004. More

TSA eases airport screening for elderly travelers
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A pilot airport screening program designed to make the security line easier for elderly fliers is going national. Since March, TSA workers at airports in Chicago, Denver, Orlando and Portland, Ore., have been testing modified screening practices for passengers 75 and over. Elderly travelers at select checkpoints were allowed to keep shoes and light outerwear on during screening and could take a second pass through full-body scanners to clear anomalies. The measures mirror those instituted nationwide last summer for children 12 and under. More

Conservationists say plan to cull birds near New York City's JFK Airport goes too far
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Critics are crying foul over a plan to control bird populations near New York City's JFK Airport. Under a proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, staffers would be authorized to kill a half-dozen bird species within a five-mile radius of the airport. The intent is to reduce the number of bird strikes on planes. More

Albuquerque, NM, airport gets boost from solar panels
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Albuquerque, N.M., Mayor Richard Berry says Albuquerque Sunport will be getting more solar panels to power elevators, lights and offices at the airport. Berry unveiled the final phase of a solar project for the airport, which consists of five arrays that will provide power directly to the terminal building. The eight existing arrays currently provide power to the parking structure. Those have reduced the energy bill for that structure by 75 percent since 2009. More

Houston City Council approves plans for international terminal at Hobby Airport
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The nation's fourth-largest city will have a second international airport, now that the city council has approved plans for Southwest Airlines' new terminal at Hobby Airport. The 16-1 vote gives the discount carrier the go-ahead to build five new gates and a customs facility at Hobby to accommodate flight to Mexico and the Caribbean. Southwest hopes to begin those flights in 2015. More

International Airport News

FedEx to open Japan hub
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FedEx Express will set up a new regional hub for the North Pacific in Japan in 2014. The center will be located at a new 82,000-square-foot facility at Osaka's Kansai International Airport and will include customs clearance, ramp, sort and transshipment operations and will be used to consolidate shipments from northern Asia to the U.S. More

Big expansion planned for overcrowded Bangkok airport
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Airports of Thailand Pcl is to spend about $1.9 billion over the next five years to expand capacity at Bangkok's overcrowded Suvarnabhumi airport by a third, its president said. AOT AOT.BK, which runs the country's six main airports, aims to boost capacity at Suvarnabhumi by 15 million to serve up to 60 million passengers in 2017, Anirut Thanomkulbutra told reporters. More

Abu Dhabi International Airport's Al Dhabi Lounge ranks as highly commended
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As an accolade for its continuous commitment to offering best-in-class service for passengers, Abu Dhabi International Airport's Al Dhabi Lounge was named a highly commended lounge at the prestigious Priority Pass Lounge of the Year 2012 award. The award is based on over 40,000 ratings made by Priority Pass members, who are frequent flyers visiting airport lounges around the world on a regular basis. More

EU regulators open inquiry into France's Beauvais airport
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EU regulators said they had opened an in-depth investigation into the financing of Beauvais airport in France, to determine whether it was in line with EU state aid rules. The European Commission, which acts as the competition regulator in the 27-member European Union, said in a statement it was also looking into rebates and marketing deals between the airport and its client airlines, to ensure those too met the regulations. More

ACC News

How will agency reorganization, risk-based security affect your business with TSA?
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Find your answers to these questions as well as updates on passenger screening, EDS recapitalization and TSA acquisitions at the fourth annual ACC/TSA Security Capabilities Day. This industry briefing held jointly between ACC and the TSA Office of Security Capabilities (OSC) provides private industry to be briefed by key OSC staff on topics of the highest interest, importance and priority. The momentum and value of this gathering of industry representatives and government officials has steadily increased since its inception in 2009. Register now and join us this summer to prepare your business for future TSA procurements! More


Considering and Evaluating Airport Privatization
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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 66: Considering and Evaluating Airport Privatization addresses the potential advantages and disadvantages of implementing various approaches to airport privatization. The report covers a range of potential privatization options and highlights case studies conducted at a variety of airports both within the United States and internationally. More

TSA shares tips to streamline summer travel
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As more than 200 million passengers begin their summer travel, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reminds travelers of recent modifications to airport screening procedures and provides tips for travel preparations. As part of TSA's risk-based security approach, the agency has implemented changes in screening protocols that strengthen aviation security by better focusing its resources and, at the same time, improving the travel experience for lower risk passengers. Summer travelers may be able to take advantage of these modifications at airports across the country. More

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