May AB News

May 4, 2016

Dallas Love Field Showcases Texas Music

Dallas Love Field is teaming with North Texas businesses and the Texas Music Project to bring rising stars and established Texas artists alike to a new performance stage in the lobby of the airport’s main terminal. The stage, which debuted April 4, is positioned inside the secure area, near the food court.

Performances by Texas musicians will be scheduled from 11 a.m. through 2 p.m. on weekdays. Dallas singer-songwriter Jon Christopher Davis was the first artist to grace the stage in the Texas Music Singer-Songwriter Series.

GoVision was contracted to install a 9’ x 16’ LED wall comprised of GV 3.9mm LED panels to serve as the stage’s backdrop.

Michael Clay, principal and owner of Michael Clay Productions, who developed the concept of the Love Field Stage, said his primary goal is to help provide performance opportunities for rising stars and established Texas artists alike.

“Texas is known worldwide for its musical contributions and the state boasts more Hall of Famers and Grammy winners than any other place on Earth,” said Clay. “With millions of people passing by this stage in the years to come, we have created a new platform for live performances by talented artists, fully equipped with state-of-the-art sound, lights and video.”

Over 1,200 Students Explore Aviation Careers at Van Nuys Airport

On April 1 Congressman Tony Cardenas, Councilwoman Nury Martinez, Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Scott Schmerelson, and Board of Airport Commissioner Jeffery Daar, welcomed over 1,200 local high school students and 45 aviation industry experts to Van Nuys Airport for the 11th annual, “The Sky’s the Limit: Aviation Career Day.”

“In order for the U.S. to continue being a global leader, we must connect our communities to resources and opportunities in key industries such as the aviation and aerospace field. By encouraging our young generations to seek a career in such fields, we are, in turn, building a framework of innovative professionals that will drive our country forward to a better future,” said Congressman Tony Cardenas.

Students in attendance were provided a behind the scenes airport tour, took part in interactive exhibits and viewed aircraft displays including an EA-18 Growler, Condor Squadron’s AT-6, Los Angeles Fire Department Air Rescue Unit, and Van Nuys Airport major tenants including Clay Lacy, Signature Flight Support, Western Jet and the North Valley Occupational Center.

Modernized Port Columbus terminal enhances passenger experience, expands capacity

Completion of a three-year, $80 million terminal renovation and modernization program positions Port Columbus International Airport for future passenger growth and reinforces the airport’s $3.7 billion annual economic impact to the Columbus Region.

The multi-faceted terminal modernization program incorporated a major facelift for the ticket lobby, baggage claim and Concourses A, B and C as well as extensive mechanical, technological and security upgrades. Funding sources for this progressive airport initiative, which is anticipated to be the last significant renovation to the terminal originally opened in 1958, include passenger facility charges and capital reserves. No local tax dollars were used for the renovation.

“We’re especially proud that 15 percent of the work was awarded to small and economically disadvantaged businesses,” said Elaine Roberts, A.A.E., President and CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. “We recognize the importance of providing opportunity to businesses of all sizes. While under no federal requirement, this program provided a tremendous opportunity to partner with a wide variety of highly-skilled companies.”

GOAA Approves Spending Plan 

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Board unanimously approved the spending plan that will initiate construction of a new South Terminal Complex at Orlando International Airport. At the March 16, board meeting, a revised Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for FY 2016-2023 that includes the $1.8 billion South Terminal Complex (STC) Phase 1-Terminal C was sanctioned by the seven-member board.

“The CIP reflects the growth of our global appeal as an international travel gateway for business and leisure,” said Frank Kruppenbacher, chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “To enhance our capacity to accommodate projected passenger increases, it is essential we move forward with South Terminal construction sooner rather than later.”

Aecom…assisted Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) with the development and implementation of an energy management system (EnMS), which was recognized as the first U.S. airport to achieve ISO 50001:2011 certification.

Aéroports de Montréal… announced Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau Montréal international will see no fewer than 110 destinations accessible by direct flight, including four new destinations: Reykjavik, Glasgow, Denver and Hamilton. In addition, the total supply of seats will increase by 13 percent from 2015, while the number of frequencies will be increased by 8 percent. Montréal-Trudeau will also welcome two new international carriers, namely Icelandair and WOW air, which will serve Reykjavik.

Airport Butler…released a new online reservation system.

Air Elite Network…welcomed its 52nd Diamond Service FBO to the network, Skylink Services, located at Larnaka International Airport (LCLK) in Larnaka, Cyprus.

Air France-KLM…partnered with Tata Communications to create a superfast network to power the airline’s mission-critical systems for new aircraft and provide the foundations for a more seamless travel experience to millions of passengers in the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Alaska Airlines Inc…announced the company plans to form a wholly owned subsidiary called McGee Air Services, which will operate as a vendor to Alaska Airlines and will compete for Alaska contracts in select cities. As the company develops the infrastructure and processes, McGee Air Services will evaluate opportunities to serve other airlines.

Allegiant Air…announced new seasonal non-stop flights to Tulsa, Okla., from New Orleans will operate twice weekly starting May 26.

American Aero FTW… announced Riggs Brown, general manager at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth was named a 2016 “40 Under 40” award recipient by the Fort Worth Business Press.

Astra Aviation…expanded its presence in Africa with the addition of a new location at Harare International Airport in Zimbabwe.

The Birmingham Airport Authority promoted Leslie Williams-Murray to director of administration services. She leads and directs human resources, DBE program, risk management and information technology.

Clark County Department of Aviation…launched “Voices of Vegas,” which features a custom playlist broadcast over the public address system so those at the airport and the McCarran Rent-A-Car Center now hear hits by music stars with Las Vegas ties.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)…was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management—Goal Setting, for its plans to achieve its GHG reduction goals through a variety of measures, including increasing its proportion of renewable electricity from 30 percent to 40 percent; introducing alternative fuel fleet vehicles; and integrating best available energy efficient technology into its facilities.

Dash Design…announced the appointment of Peter Burgoyne as a new creative director for the firm.

Denver International Airport (DEN)… set a record for the busiest February in the airport’s history, with 4,069,006 passengers, which is an increase of 10.2 percent over the 3,693,876 passengers in February 2015 and the sixth-consecutive month of record-setting passenger traffic at the airport.

Eastern Aviation Fuels…welcomed the Florence Regional Airport (FLO) in Florence, S.S., to the Shell FBO network as Precision Air entered into an agreement to manage the FBO operation.

Greenwood Airport…eliminated 100 percent of landing fees for all aircraft and allow companies to enter into a contract fuel program to try and attract more corporate jet traffic.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S.A.B. de C.V…reported that terminal passenger traffic at its 13 airports increased 11.4 percent in February, as compared to February 2015..

HNTB Corp…was selected by the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to perform program management/construction management services for the next five years.

Jet Aviation St. Louis…earned certification from the Mexican civil air authority as a repair station Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) for aircraft registered in Mexico.

JetBlue…awarded $150,000 in grants to help encourage aviation programs that support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives.

Meridian…announced the addition of a Gulfstream GIV-SP (N999AA) to its growing charter fleet of private business jets.

Million Air Dallas…announced Bob Schmidt was named president of the company.

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority…Selected AirIT’s integrated suite of airport IT solutions to facilitate continued growth.

SSP…has been awarded a seven-year contract valued at approximately £90 million to operate eight food and beverage outlets, as well as a state-of-the-art conference centre at Düsseldorf Airport. The outlets will open between 2017 and 2019.