Airport Consulting Weekly
November 5, 2009

Regional airlines thrive while the big boys cut back
USA Today
As the recession takes its toll on the airline industry, the major network airlines are cutting capacity by grounding their 100- to 150-seat narrow-body airplanes and, in many cases, replacing them with 50- to 70-seat regional jets or turboprops flown by regional airline affiliates.

Small airports land big money
USA Today
Nearly half of the $55.6 billion that has gone to airports in the 28-year-old Airport Improvement Program has gone to airports used exclusively or mostly by private planes. That includes $1.5 billion since 2001 for specific projects, known as earmarks, requested by members of Congress.More

US Airways cutting 1,000 jobs, shifting flying
Struggling US Airways said it will cut some 1,000 jobs next year, shift nearly all of its flying to its three hubs and Washington, and suspend several international routes. The retrenching is aimed at putting its airplanes where the money is - its hubs at Philadelphia, Phoenix and Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as Washington.More

Anchorage airport unveils remodeled concourses
Anchorage Daily News
After more than 10 years of plotting, moving, destroying and rebuilding, the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport unveiled the capstone of its more than half-billion-dollar makeover: A $200 million overhaul of concourses A and B.More

Miami airport continues push for slot machines
USA Today
Miami-Dade officials are proceeding with a plan to install slot machines at the airport. Commissioners voted Tuesday to apply for a permit, despite staunch opposition from local casinos and race tracks and the long odds it would be approved in Tallahassee.More

BA implements successful move from Heathrow Terminal 4
Sky Scanner
British Airways (BA) saw its final flight depart from Heathrow's Terminal 4 on Wednesday after more than 23 years in the building.More

Infratil sells 90 percent Lubeck Airport stake back to city government
Infratil Ltd., a New Zealand investor in power companies and airports, said it has sold its stake in a German airport back to its former local government owner.More

S. Korea to start Incheon Airport stake sale
South Korea plans to pick an adviser this month to sell a stake in state-owned Incheon International Airport Corp to raise up to 3.7 trillion won ($3.1 billion) to finance its expansionary policy, a newspaper reported on Monday.More

Hotel deadline extended for the Airport Planning Redefined Course & NEPA Workshop
Take advantage of the extended Nov. 25 deadline for discounted hotel room rates for both the new Airport Planning Redefined Course and the NEPA Workshop. The ACC/ACI-NA/FAA Airport Planning Redefined Course on Dec. 7-9, 2009 in Kansas City, Mo., goes beyond the latest Master Plan advisory circular and tackles issues such as airport property use and revenue generation, planning for sustainability, facility flexibility, electronic mapping, and safety risk assessments. The Dec. 9-10 ACI/ACC/FAA NEPA Workshop in Kansas City, Mo., will feature comprehensive instruction and interactive workshops on key issues that repeatedly trip up the NEPA review process. A joint session between planners and NEPA practitioners from both events will be held the morning of Dec. 9. For more information, go to the ACC Web site.More

Registration open for 2010 Symposium
Be sure to register early for the 2010 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design & Construction Symposium on Feb. 24-26, 2010 in Atlanta. The symposium structure has been refreshed to include sessions for new and seasoned airport development professionals alike. Five concurrent technical workshops are scheduled under five tracks: planning; terminals and landside; airside; project management and construction management and, for the first time, a new track on sustainability. In addition, information technology will be a theme woven into each of the individual tracks. The program will also feature "super tracks" providing insights on decision-making in volatile economic times and plenary sessions with the latest perspectives from airports and the airlines.  Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are also available.More

Safety Management Systems for Airports, Volume 2: Guidebook
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 1: Safety Management Systems for Airports, Volume 2: Guidebook is explores what constitutes an airport safety management system (SMS). The report examines SMS components and their interactions, and offers guidance in the planning, implementation, and operation of an airport SMS. It also provides detailed information on how to carry out each of the necessary SMS processes.More

Aviation Security: GAO report
DHS and TSA have researched, developed and begun deploying passenger checkpoint screening technologies, but continue to face challenges.More

Editorial: Lax airport security
The Washington Times
The problem-plagued Transportation Security Administration is a study in bureaucratic ineptitude. Since 2002, TSA has spent more than $795 million on new air-passenger screening technologies. Despite this massive expenditure and the passage of seven years, the agency has not deployed the technology and isn't even sure any of the 10 new systems can address the greatest threats. According to a recent investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), there may not be any benefit from any of this any time soon.More