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Growth Spurt

(Passenger Terminal World, March 2013)

Houston Airport System has unveiled ambitious plans to expand Hobby International Airport
Houston Airport System (HAS) has revealed its expansion plans for William P Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas; work will take place over the next two years and will vastly extend the airport's facilities.

The plans, which were unveiled in a presentation on 4 February 2013, include construction of a 2,600m² two-level terminal building, expansion of the ticket counter to 37m, an additional six security lanes in the security checkpoint, five new arrival and departure gates for Boeing 737 and A318-320 aircraft, and a Federal Inspection Services (FIS) facility for international travellers. Read More

“Airline Network Analysis in a Changing U.S. Industry”

by Jeffrey W. Stanley (R&A Point-to-Point, May 2012)

The U.S. airline industry continues to undergo a significant transformation, creating uncertainty and challenges for airports. This article discusses how this transformation may affect airports, and offers advice regarding ways to project the infrastructure needs of their airports and maintain a level of airline service that provides sufficient access to the destinations most important to the local economies. Read More

“Successful Strategies to Achieve Airport Sustainability”

by Stephen D. Culberson and Lisa M. Reznar (Airport Magazine, January 2012)

Airports follow varied paths when embarking on a journey toward sustainability. The journey begins with an idea, an opportunity, or perhaps a regulatory, political or financial need. Initially, sustainability concepts may be incorporated into new development projects, such as a new building, to reduce pollutants released to the air or water in compliance with local or state goals or regulations. From this experience, an airport's interpretation of sustainability may broaden — sustainability is fundamentally about changing the way we make decisions, from the day-to-day routine decisions to the long-term visionary decisions that promote future airport growth. Read More

“Compatible Land-Use Planning for Areas Adjacent to Airports”

by Mark R. Johnson, AICP (The American Planning Association Divisions Council, February 2011)

As community planners know too well, once an area is committed to any given form of development, it can be nearly impossible to reverse the trend. Airports present serious challenges for their host communities when it comes to land-use planning. they require large tracts of land; they produce varied impacts beyond their boundaries; and they serve a dynamic and growing industry that often seems to be in constant transition. furthermore, airports are important, if not vital, to local and regional economies. Read More

“Strategic Planning”

by Pete Ricondo, P.E. (Airport World, July 2009)

Airport management consistently faces competing demands for limited resources and capital in a world full of unknowns. A new runway, for example, can take a decade to build, but an airline business cycle runs half that time. Staff from with different departments with different responsibilities will invariably have opposing views of what is important. And while increasing airport revenues is a key goal, perhaps the public mission of expanding the airport's route network may be the top priority.  Read More

“Airport Sustainability – It's Here”

by Shawn M. Kinder and Eugene R. Peters (Airport Magazine, September 2007)

With Vanity Fair devoting a full issue to the green movement, the Oscars spending more time talking about carbon emissions than Scorsese's first award and sales of hybrid cars up more than 50 percent from last year, the sustainability movement has truly taken the mainstream by storm. Meanwhile, some airports have made doing business smarter a way of everyday thinking, while others grapple with a reasonable approach that lies somewhere between recycling aluminum cans to (unreasonable) thoughts of eliminating aircraft ground taxiing. Read More

Enhancing Nonaeronautical Revenues: The Evolving Airport Business Model

by James T. Jarvis (Airport Magazine, January 2007)

Regional, national, and international economic competition, evolving business models with increased reliance on just-in-time deliveries and fluctuations in air travel demand all influence the way airport managers think about aeronautical and non-aeronautical revenues. Read More


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