June/July News

June 23, 2016

AVL Wins AAAE-SE Award

Regional Airport AVL received the "Commercial Airport Project of the Year" award for its construction of its Temporary Runway 17-35 and Taxiway B at the Annual Conference of the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE-SE).

Titled "Project SOAR: Significant Opportunity for Aviation and the Region," the first two phases of the project were recognized at the AAAE-SE annual conference as the Project of the Year.

AVL was recognized for its reuse of coal combustion bi-product as fill for a portion of the temporary runway site preparation, as well as its creative plan to build a runway that will be used for two years while the longer, wider permanent runway is constructed.

MNAA Completes Geothermal Lake Project

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) on May 17, ceremonially “turned the valve” on the largest geothermal lake plate cooling system in North America during a project completion ceremony.

MNAA switched to its new geothermal lake plate system in February and officially completed the transition and project in May.

Nashville International Airport (BNA) chilled water equipment’s energy consumption was 1.056 kilowatts annually on average before the project was done. From February – May 12, energy consumption has reduced to 0.525 kilowatts annually on average, a 50 percent reduction.

“This is a remarkable project for its scope, ingenuity and efficiency,” said Rob Wigington, president and CEO of MNAA. “The Airport Authority is committed to making sustainability an integral part of our business model. Not because sustainability is easy—rather, it is often a complex process—but because the benefits to our airports, the region and our environment are overwhelmingly positive. This historic project will significantly reduce our electricity usage and potable water consumption, which will result in substantial annual utility savings. This is the very essence of sustainability.”

DTW Restaurants & Retail Recognized for Excellence

Detroit Metropolitan Airport’s (DTW’s) McNamara Terminal is winning honors for its retail and restaurant offerings.

The airport’s new P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, across from Gate A-36, was named Best New National Brand Concept, in the 2016 Excellence in Airport Concession awards presented by Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA). P.F. Chang’s is operated by Hojeij Branded Foods & Joint Venture Partner, AP United LLC.

“Our new airport concessions are some of the best in the business,” said Airport Authority CEO Thomas Naughton. “Our mix of local, national and even international brands appeal to the broad spectrum of passengers we serve. We are honored by the awards, and are proud of the successful work by our team and partners that went into developing winning-concepts our travelers enjoy.”

DEN Presents New Temporary Art Exhibit, ‘Acúmulo’

Denver International Airport (DEN) opened the new temporary art exhibit, “Acúmulo,” an installation that depicts a loosely interpreted microbiological habitat. Acúmulo is Portuguese for “growth by continued additions.”

Artist Rosane Volchan O’Conor’s biomorphic creation, a world of paramecium, spores and neurons, is composed of materials that include neon light, ceramic, wood, metal and found objects such as: luffa sponges from her hometown of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; porcelain-dipped Spanish moss from her years in Houston; and industrial materials from Denver International Airport’s recycling collection.

The exhibition, an experiential installation created specifically for the DEN Gallery, is on display now through the end of July on the west side of level 5 of the Jeppesen Terminal, near the north security screening area.

AirMall…at Boston Logan International Airport opened the new Fuel America in Terminal E.

Airports Council International – North America…announced San Francisco International Aiport and Winnipeg ichardson International Airport achieved Airport Carbon Accreditation.

Birmingham Airport Authority (BAA)… will install 27 electric charging stations to support ground-service equipment.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport…served 3,131,765 passengers in February, a 2.5 percent rise from February 2015.

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA)...was recognized for safety by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and for public service activities by the Association of Subcontractors & Affiliates of Chicago (ASAC).

Delta Air Lines…expanded Delta Comfort+ fares to more markets.

Detroit Metropolitan (DTW) and Willow Run (YIP) airports…named Brian Lassaline as its new director of public affairs.

Faith Group LLC … moved its St. Louis office to a new location in Maplewood, Mo.

First Transit…was awarded the American Airlines shuttle contract at Philadelphia International Airport.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport…signed a Sister Airport agreement with Tel Aviv Ben-Gurion International Airport.

JetBlue…received its 12th consecutive J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Honor.

John F. Kennedy International Airport…Terminal 4 opened the airport's first indoor, post-security pet relief area.

Kansas City International Airport…reported 879,142 passengers in April, a 3 percent increase from April 2015.

Kansas Department of Transportation…awarded $2.25 million to nine airports under the state’s airport improvement program.

LATAM Airlines…will bring the Olympic Flame to Brazil.

Lisbon Airport…changes its name to Humberto Delgado Airport.

McCarran International Airport…reopened Runway 7L/25R on April 22.

Mineta San Jose International Airport…announced the Mobile Passport Control (MPC) app is available to eligible travelers.

Munich Airport…opened its first satellite terminal.

Nashville International Airport…added Tennessee Brew Works, a popular Nashville-based brewery to its terminal.

Orlando International Airport… lauched Fly MCO Radio 105.1 HD2

Queenstown Airport… installed or repositioned about 200 lights, including Precision Approach Path Indicator lights (PAPI) lights, and touchdown approach, runway centreline, runway edge and threshold lights.

Rickenbacker International Airport…opened a new air traffic control tower.

Salt Lake City International Airport…is planning to build a $740 million concourse north of the existing terminal to accommodate forecasted growth in passenger traffic and to replace aging facilities.

San Diego International Airport…received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s (ISI) Envision rating system’s Platinum award for the Green Build landside project.

San Francisco International Airport…awarded two contracts to SSP America.

SSP…was awarded a contract to operate three food and beverage units and a substantial food court featuring a range of brands, in the International Departures Lounge at Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Midfield Terminal Building.

Toronto Pearson International Airport…will open three new HMSHost restaurants in terminal 3.

Flight Tracker info

Air Canada

  • SJC-YVR added

Alaska Airlines

  • SAN-SMF added
  • BUR-SJC added

Allegiant Airlines

  • BWI-AVL added
  • BWI-TYS added
  • BWI-LEX added
  • BWI-TUL added
  • CAK-SFB added


  • JFK-EDI service added

Frontier Airlines



  • BNA-BOS added
  • BNA-FLL added

Southwest Airlines

  • BWI-SJC added

Sun Country

  • DEN-MSP added

Vacation Express

  • MEM-CUN added


The number of employees that go through a background check.

The number of passengers who went through Sea-Tac May 27

80,000 lbs.
The amount of Wild Copper River Salmon delivered by Alaska Air Cargo delivered to Sea-Tac for the start of the summer salmon grilling season.

from left to right: Charles A Gratton, Vice President, Real Estate and Commercial Services, Aéroports de Montréal; Montreal Canadiens President and CEO, Geoff Molson; HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Stephen Douglas. Cutting the ribbon May 18, at the new Avenue des Canadiens at the airport.

Laura E. FitzRandolph as executive vice president and chief human resources officer of HMSHost

The ongoing efforts of airports and industry and the recent action from Congress – through the leadership of Senators John Hoeven and Jeanne Shaheen and Representatives John Carter and Lucille Roybal-Allard – and the Administration to allocate $34 million to hire and provide overtime for additional TSA personnel are steps in the right direction, but it is clear that more needs to be done quickly to address what is becoming a serious headache and worry for travelers.”

Brian Pratte was named air service administrator for the city of San Antonio Aviation Department.

Jeffrey Hamiel Named 2016 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence Recipient