New Satellite Concourse Provides Efficient Gate Expansion at Nashville Int’l
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Author:  Kristen Rindfleisch Published in:  May-June 2024 To accommodate increased passenger demand, Nashville International Airport® (BNA®) recently constructed a standalone Satellite Concourse adjacent to its main terminal. The 89,000-square-foot structure opened in October 2023 and now houses operations primarily for Allegiant Air and Spirit Airlines. With eight common-use gates (and space for a ninth), the airport’s fifth major concourse not only increases capacity but also facilitates the future expansion of Concourse A. Electric shuttles transport passengers between a sta ..read more
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Dallas Fort Worth Int’l Bolsters Employee Security Screening Program
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Author:  Staff Published in:  May-June 2024 Efficiency and efficacy are the watchwords for employee security screening at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). The guiding objective is to detect potential threats without causing undue inconvenience for workers, and DFW is using new technology located in purpose-built spaces to balance the two intertwined goals. Its new system—the result of a two-year, $25 million project—first verifies, then screens workers and their belongings in about the same time it takes for a standard identification check. The system establishes ..read more
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Denver Int’l Completes State-of-the-Art West Security Checkpoint
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Author:  Kristin V. Shaw Published in:  May-June 2024 After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Denver International Airport (DEN) had to quickly establish a security checkpoint, and opted to do so on Level 5. The area had previously served as a “meet and greet” open space focused on retail, and it had to be converted to provide a space for the newly created TSA and its operations. In the last two decades, passenger volume has nearly doubled at DEN, and security technology has changed considerably. As part of the airport’s Great Hall Program, a $2.1 billion capital improvement projec ..read more
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Harry Reid Int’l Tests Self-Service Checkpoint
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Author:  Ronnie Wendt Published in:  May-June 2024 For 23 years, TSA has screened passengers and their belongings at U.S. airports to help keep air travel safe. The traffic is staggering, with an average 2.5 million people passing through checkpoints at more than 430 airports each day, and even more during holidays and other surges.  The sheer volume can easily lead to frustrating delays for travelers, but new ideas and technology to improve the process are always in the works. One of the many being considered recently took a giant leap from the lab to the field. If the pr ..read more
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Safety Management Systems: Lessons from the Airline Sector
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Author:  Jodi Richards Published in:  May-June 2024 In Part One of our two-part series, we examine the roots of Safety Management Systems at commercial airlines. Next issue, we’ll profile airports that are developing their own programs.    Nearly a decade ago, the FAA Safety Organization issued a final rule requiring Part 121 certificated operators—scheduled commercial airlines—to implement Safety Management Plans. The goal was to help carriers detect and correct safety risks before they become hazards. When issuing the rule in January 2015, the agency defined a ..read more
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Historic Wildfires Prompt Kelowna Int’l to Move Commercial Flights From Day to Night
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Author:  Victoria Soukup Published in:  May-June 2024 With wildfires raging throughout British Columbia last summer, two things kept Kelowna International Airport (YLW) ahead of the game: good working relationships with the provincial and national governments, and partners such as Nav Canada. More than 28,000 square kilometers burned in Canada’s far western province during the August 2023 wildfires, making it the worst wildfire season in British Columbia since at least 1958. Two fires came dangerously close to Kelowna, forcing residents to evacuate the city and prompting federa ..read more
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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Completes Five-Gate Addition
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Author:  Chris Jones Published in:  May-June 2024 With an eye on growth and a heightened commitment to passenger comfort, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) unveiled a 30,000-square-foot terminal expansion in mid-February. The $28 million addition includes five ramp-loading gates, new concessions and—perhaps most importantly—enhanced functionality that was sorely lacking in the previous layout. Located about 30 miles southeast of Sky Harbor International (PHX) in the East Valley region of Phoenix, AZA was a longtime military training site. For three decades, it has enjoyed a se ..read more
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New ARFF Facility Boosts Efficiency, Paves Way for New Terminal at Monterey Regional
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Author:  Ken Wysocky Published in:  May-June 2024 A new $9.9 million aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) station is enhancing operational efficiency at Monterey Regional Airport (MRY), as well as providing a more comfortable environment for the personnel that call it home for days at a time. The facility opened last October and took about 10 months to construct. It is located about a half mile from where the previous ARFF, built in 1950, used to stand. The new station is just one part of a $150 million improvement program to enhance operational safety at MRY. Multiple phase ..read more
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Punta Gorda Closes Runway, Powers Through Rebuild Project
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Author:  Paul Nolan Published in:  May-June 2024 File it under “good things come to those who wait.” The roughly year-long reconstruction and rehabilitation of the primary runway at Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) was a welcome improvement that took patience, planning and lots of enabling projects. Constructed in the 1940s, Runway 4-22 had received numerous repairs and improvements through the decades. However, a pavement assessment a few years ago made it clear that another patch job wasn’t going to cut it. James Parish, chief executive officer of the Florida airport, explains that ..read more
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Moving Walkways Replace Decades-Old Monorail at Tampa Int’l
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Author:  Ken Wysocky Published in:  May-June 2024 Guests at Tampa International Airport (TPA) can now use a series of moving walkways to quickly travel through the long-term parking garage to the adjacent main terminal, and vice versa. For those who don’t want to use the new automated option, TPA also created a dedicated walking path next to the moving walkways, complete with overhead lighting and improved wayfinding signage. The walkways essentially replace a monorail that used to travel in a loop between the long-term garage and the airport’s short-term garage, located just a ..read more
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