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Airport Consulting Weekly
Nov. 3, 2011
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Most annoying airline delays might just be in the boarding
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It's the common tale of woe for many travelers waiting to board a plane. First the airline has to go through a long list of passengers who have priority: First- and business-class passengers, frequent fliers, elite card holders, uniformed members of the military, families with children, those who hold credit cards affiliated with the airlines, passengers who paid for priority seats. More

Domestic Airport News

TSA frequent traveler program earning good reviews, agency says
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A frequent traveler program launched by the Transportation Security Administration over the summer is earning positive early reviews and is likely to expand, the agency's boss is set to tell lawmakers A pilot program launched in July at airports in Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit and Miami permits pre-qualified passengers who are members of frequent-flier clubs operated by Delta and American Airlines and frequent traveler programs operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to pass through security checkpoints more swiftly if they provide personal information in advance. More

Tarmac delays traced to lack of buses to ferry fliers
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Airline emergencies that leave people stranded on tarmacs for hours can happen for a simple reason: There aren't buses available to ferry passengers off the stranded plane and take them to the nearest gate. The massive delays, such as one that occurred over the weekend in Hartford, Conn., during a snowstorm, underscore a need for airlines and airports to have better plans in place to fetch passengers off planes, according to aviation experts and consultants. More

Honolulu International Airport renovation complete
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Big changes at Honolulu Airport have wrapped up in time for APEC arrivals. Governor Neil Abercrombie got a first-hand look at the end result of $7 million in airport renovations and repairs, expedited by an APEC deadline as the international economic meeting gets underway next week. More

Green initiatives cleared for takeoff at O'Hare, Midway airports
Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Solar energy collectors will be installed on up to 60 acres at O'Hare International Airport, and a service station selling alternative fuels for private and commercial vehicles will open near the airport, Chicago's aviation chief announced. "The solar panels will provide a substantial renewable energy source to help power O'Hare, and the alternative fueling station will promote the use of clean fuels and electricity to power vehicles," city Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino said at the 2011 Airports Going Green conference. More

For 280,000 airline passengers, screening's a breeze
Sun Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's almost like the old days, when getting to the gate was a breeze. About 280,000 passengers now are allowed to cruise through checkpoints at the Miami, Dallas, Detroit and Atlanta airports. They are funneled into an express lane and usually don't have to take off shoes or belts or remove their laptops from cases. More

Nashville airport to unveil rental garage
The Tennessean    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rental-car customers returning vehicles to Nashville International Airport will be directed by signs to a new drop-off location as the airport opens a $70 million consolidated rental-car garage. The garage, under construction since February 2010, increases space at the airport for 2,400 rental cars, up from 1,400, and will accommodate the vehicles of nine rental agencies. More

Atlantic City, NJ, airport overseers downplay loss of carrier
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One of the two airlines that serve Atlantic City International Airport has decided to stop flying there, even as construction that will triple the size of the terminal is under way, but officials of the South Jersey Transportation Authority, which runs the facility, say the departure of Air Tran will not ground the expansion. More

Pittsburgh International Airport's economic engine sputters
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Pittsburgh International Airport served as less of an economic engine for the region last year than it did three years earlier, based on findings of a recent PennDOT study. PennDOT's Bureau of Aviation released a report this month showing Pittsburgh International directly and indirectly supported 67,219 jobs last year that generated $5.6 billion in economic activity. More

Officials praise Jay's defense of funding program
Charleston Daily Mail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Local officials praised U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller after the senator helped defeat an effort to eliminate a funding program that has provided $2 million to improve state airports, including Yeager Airport. Senators voted 57-41 to reject a proposal from Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., to eliminate the Small Community Air Service Development Program. More

Dems criticize TSA for delaying cargo inspection deadline
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Democrats in the House of Representatives sharply criticized the Transportation Security Administration for postponing a deadline for scanning all cargo aboard airplanes that had been scheduled for December. The ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said was the anniversary of the terrorist plot that prompted TSA to set the deadline, which showed why it should have been kept. More

International Airport News

How quickly wow fares turn into woe fares
The Globe and Mail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Check out the deals! Vancouver to London return on Air Canada, $575. Wow! Toronto to New York return, $385. Wow! Montreal to Calgary, $638, wow, sort of. Alas, as everyone who flies quickly learns, wow fares quickly become woe fares. That $575 Vancouver-London fare turns into $1,157 when surcharges and assorted taxes are added. The Toronto-New York return becomes $514, the Montreal-Calgary one $850. More

Bangkok heads into critical days
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Thai authorities abandoned their crisis operations center at Bangkok's old international airport because of rising floodwaters as soldiers and volunteers raced against to time to shore up the city's defenses against a massive flow of water that has already inundated parts of the capital and a vast swath of countryside. More

ACC News

Start the 33rd ACC Annual Conference by giving back to the Palm Springs, Calif., community
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Join ACC and the Palm Springs Sustainability Office and kickoff your time in Palm Springs, Calif., doing some local good as we roll up our sleeves and donate a little time and energy to clean up Palm Springs Creek. Do good, feel good and connect with like-minded conference-goers. Bus transportation for volunteers will be provided from the front entrance of the Miramonte Resort & Spa at 8:15 a.m. and will depart promptly at 8:30 a.m. It will take about 30 minutes to travel to the work site.  On the return, the bus will load at 11:45 p.m. and leave the work site promptly at 12 p.m. arriving back at the Miramonte Resort & Spa around 12:30 p.m. See you in Palm Springs! More

ACC welcomes new members
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MRA Communications LLC
MRA Communications offers professional editing and writing services and related consulting for reports, presentations, website content, speeches, press releases, books, etc. President Marilyn Adams is a former USA Today aviation journalist now providing consulting to airports and other aviation sector clients. The business has applied for DBE status from the state of Virginia.

Stretchberry Consulting
25+ years experience in Airport Planning, Architectural and Engineering Design and Program Management. Operations Monitoring Systems (OMS) use of state-of-the-art HD digital video to perform real-time observation and analyses of queue and flow bottlenecks. Applications to Landside Access, Terminal and Airside operations resulting in solutions to optimize existing use.

Improve your environmental expertise at the ACC/FAA Airport Wildlife Advanced Training Course
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Improve the quality of Wildlife Hazard Assessments and develop more effective Wildlife Hazard Management Plans in accordance with FAA requirements at the 2011 ACC/FAA Airport Wildlife Advanced Training Course being held Dec. 8-9 in Atlanta. Targeted toward airport wildlife biologists, airport wildlife managers, and consultants, this unique new offering will provide participants an opportunity to learn how to conduct WHAs and WHMPs in a manner that meets FAA's expectations and in accordance with recently modified Advisory Circulars. Attendees will also get updates on new trends, best practices and new research. The workshop will feature a mix of lectures, interactive panels and class exercises. More


Aviation Security: TSA has taken steps to enhance its foreign airport assessments, but opportunities exist to strengthen the program
GAO    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
International flights bound for the United States continue to be targets of terrorist activity, as demonstrated by the October 2010 discovery of explosive devices in air cargo packages bound for the United States from Yemen. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is responsible for securing the nation's civil aviation system, which includes ensuring the security of U.S.-bound flights. More

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