en Denver Revises Design For South Terminal Redevelopment <p>Denver International has unveiled a revised concept for its South Terminal Redevelopment Program.</p><p>The new design is very similar to the concept that was revealed in July 2010, according to the airport. Design changes include:</p><ul><li>A reduction in the overall square footage of the program;</li><li>A reduction in the size of the train station and the amount of structural steel planned for that project;</li><li>The train station platform canopy has been extended and its shape has been changed;</li><li>The hotel will be one floor shorter than the original plan; and</li><li>The current design will be built to meet a $500 million budget, rather than the original estimated cost of $650 million.</li></ul><p>"This design affords us a number of efficiencies and cost savings and is still visually stunning," said Aviation Manager Kim Day. "We are still on track to turn the train station over to RTD [regional transportation district] for testing at the start of 2014, and open our new hotel in 2015."</p><p>Construction on the South Terminal Redevelopment Program began in the fall 2011 when crews started utility and access work.</p><p>To view a PDF of the revised design concept, go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p><em>Aviation News Today</em></p><p><a href=";news_ID=200965" target="_blank">Link to article</a></p> Airport News Fri, 06 Apr 2012 17:32:35 +0000 admin 36 at TSA to expand faster screening programme to further 28 US airports <p>The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will expand its PreCheck screening programme to a further 28 airports in the US in 2012 to allow for faster security lines.</p><p>The programme, trialed earlier in seven pilot airports in the country, will allow travellers to pass quickly through pre-flight security screening if they volunteer to disclose their personal information in advance.</p><p>PreCheck has been tested for several months with frequent travellers at major gateway airports and 336,000 passengers have been screened so far.</p><p>The initiative allows TSA officials to focus on passengers that have not disclosed their information while speeding up screening procedures for passengers who have already voluntarily provided personal information prior to boarding.</p><p>After TSA confirms the eligibility of the passenger, they will be authorised for faster screening as the information is embedded in the barcode of the passenger's boarding pass, which will allow access to a separate TSA PreCheck lane.</p><p>At the TSA PreCheck lane, passengers are screened without the usual removal of shoes, laptops from bags, light outerwear, jackets or belts.</p><p>TSA administrator John Pistole said: "TSA PreCheck moves us closer to our goal of delivering the most effective and efficient screening by recognising that most passengers do not pose a threat to security."</p><p>"We are pleased to expand this important effort, in collaboration with our airline and airport partners, as we move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to a more intelligence-driven, risk-based transportation security system," Pistole said.</p><p>TSA PreCheck is currently in service at airports in Dallas, Miami, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Detroit.</p><p>The further airports which will deploy PreCheck include Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Denver International Airport (DEN) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).</p><p>PreCheck will also be implemented at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Honolulu International Airport (HNL), Indianapolis International Airport (IND), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) among others.</p><p>TSA stated that it will continue expanding PreCheck to further airlines and airports once they are ready.</p><p>TSA is currently testing various screening initiatives, including initiatives that have been developed to facilitate positive ID verification for airline pilots and the implementation of expanded behaviour detection techniques following the agency's risk-based security initiative.</p><p><em>Airport Technology</em></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Link to article</a></p> Industry News Fri, 06 Apr 2012 17:33:47 +0000 admin 37 at Logplan Presentation at Passenger Terminal Expo 2013 | Geneva, Switzerland <p><img alt="passenger terminal conference 2013" src="/sites/" style="width: 258px; height: 80px;"></p><p><span id="result_box" lang="en"><span class="hps">9 - 11 April&nbsp;</span><span class="hps">2013 Palexpo</span>&nbsp;<span class="hps">|</span> <span class="hps">Geneva</span> <span class="hps">| Switzerland</span></span></p><p>Exhibition - Hall 1, Stand 7122</p><p><img alt="Logplan Passenger Terminal Expo Booth 2012" src="/sites/" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="/sites/"><img alt="PASSENGER TERMINAL EXPO 2013" src="/sites/" style="width: 346px; height: 500px;"></a></p><h2>Conference speaker</h2><p>Session: <a href=";conf_id=88&amp;sess_id=1278&amp;day=3">Translating Business Objectives into Reality</a><br><br>Speech: <a href=";pres_id=11876&amp;sess_id=1278">Planning and implementing the operational readiness of a new pier</a><br><br>Date: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Thursday 11 April | 12:25h - 12:50h</p> Industry News Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:34:28 +0000 85 at Heathrow trials baggage handling system at Terminal 2 <p>London Heathrow Airport is trialling the baggage handling system for the new Queen's Terminal, as it gears up to open the facility on 4 June 2014.</p><p>Heathrow Airport will carry out 182 trials on the system before commissioning the system for passengers.</p><p>The recently delivered system, deployed at the £2.5bn Terminal 2, allows bags to be placed and then delivered to the new carousel in the baggage hall.</p><p>After fully operational, the new system will be capable of handling 4,800 bags per hour from 3,000 passengers at 60 new fast bag drops and 56 check-in desks.</p><p>UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said that the new Terminal 2 would benefit thousands of passengers passing through.</p><p>"I was impressed to see the huge amount of work being done to make sure Terminal 2 is thoroughly prepared to welcome its first travellers next year," McLoughlin said.</p><p>Heathrow is also testing all aspects of the new Queen's Terminal, such as check-in, air bridges, several processes and systems and ultimately end-to-end passenger trials.</p><p>Heathrow chairman Sir Nigel Rudd said that the Terminal 2 was the next stage in Heathrow's transformation and a significant investment in businesses and jobs across the UK.</p><p>"It will continue the big improvements in passenger satisfaction we've seen over the last decade, thanks to £11bn of investment," Rudd said.</p><p>"The terminal will open in phases, with the 26 airlines moving in over a period of six months.</p><p>"Just 10% of flights will operate for the first three weeks of June before gradually building up to full operations."</p><p>Features of the new terminal include the main terminal building, satellite building, a multistorey car park, an energy centre, 28 fully serviced and fuelled aircraft stands, 60 self-service kiosks and 24 security lanes.</p><p>According to the airport, the check-in at the terminal will be capable of accommodating 3,000 passengers per hour, while allowing an average of 55,000 passengers to arrive and depart from the terminal daily once fully operational.</p><p><em>Airport Technology</em></p><p><a href="">Link to article</a></p> Airport News Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:04:03 +0000 86 at New animated video from Denver International Airport shows new Westin hotel, commuter train station <p>DENVER - Denver International Airport released a new animation Monday showing what the new transit center and hotel will look like when the projects are finished in 2015-2016.</p><p>The redevelopment project includes a Westin hotel and conference center and a Public Transit Center with a commuter rail station offering transportation to Denver’s Union Station. The Westin is scheduled to open in 2015, the East Rail Line is scheduled to begin service in 2016.</p><p>Visitors are seeing the changes already. Construction crews have completed the first four floors of the Public Transit Center and anticipate completion of the train hall canopy by the end of the year.</p><p>"The elevator cores for the hotel are now complete and installation of the glass canopy for the Public Transit Center is underway," said Kim Day, Manager of Aviation.</p><p>This fall, crews will begin reconstruction of the level four and six roadways and will install detours for traffic exiting Terminal East. Terminal West detours were removed over the weekend.</p><p>See the new animation: <a href=""></a></p><p><em>ABC Denver 7 News</em></p><p><a href="">Link to article</a></p> Airport News Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:02:59 +0000 Lourdes 87 at Siemens to equip Los Angeles International Airport with new baggage handling system <p>Siemens has secured a contract from Southwest Airlines to install a new baggage handling system in Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), US.</p><p>The contract forms a part of $508m project to modernise Terminal 1, which was originally built in the early 1980s.</p><p>Commenting on the deal, Southwest Airlines senior project manager Don Ostler said: "Southwest chose Siemens for this project because they presented a solid team and solution throughout the evaluation process, giving us confidence in their ability to deliver to our standards.</p><p>"They have a proven understanding of airport logistics and a track record of successful projects, both in the US and all over the world. They can support our goal of transforming the entire passenger experience, from the curb to the gate, at Los Angeles International Airport. We have worked successfully with Siemens in the past and value them as a reliable partner."</p><p>During the construction, Siemens will support Southwest Airlines to ensure their daily operation runs smoothly during the transition.</p><p>The contract will require Siemens to offer layout, engineering, assembly, commissioning and integration of a completely new outbound baggage screening system and a new inbound baggage handling system by mid-2017.</p><p>The inline baggage screening system with four Morpho Detection CTX 9800 machines complies with the US Transportation Security Administration's design guidelines.</p><p>Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions CEO Michael Reichle said: "This order is a great success for Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions. It is of particular importance since the US American airport market is the biggest one worldwide."</p><p><em>Airport Technology</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> Airport News Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:12:39 +0000 Lourdes 88 at Wichita Airport Celebrates History, Prepares For Future With New Terminal <div><a href=""><img alt="" src="/sites/" style="width: 458px; height: 288px;"></a></div><div>Author: Jodi Richards</div><div>Published in: May-June, 2015</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The winds of change are blowing in Kansas. In January, Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT) announced its new name, Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport; and officials plan to unveil a new $160 million passenger terminal building and $40 million parking garage/rental car center in May. Together, the projects create a new front door for the city that highlights its heritage as "air capital of the world."&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Victor White, director of airports for the Wichita Airport Authority, explains that the city moniker has nothing to do with ICT or its airline service, but everything to do with airplane manufacturing. Since the 1920s, 300,000+ airplanes have been built in the city - more than any other place in the world. "We'll always be the air capital and wanted to capitalize on that and reclaim that title in the minds of our local community and the visitors to the airport as well," White elaborates.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><a href=""><img alt="" src="/sites/" style="width: 458px; height: 288px;"></a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>Officials named the airport's recent terminal development project Air Capital Terminal 3 (ACT 3 for short) because the new facility is the city's third airline terminal. The first was built in the early 1930s and is now home to the Kansas Aviation Museum. The second terminal opened in 1954, when McConnell Air Force Base opened and forced the airport to relocate to its current site.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The need for a new terminal was outlined in a 2001 update of ICT's master plan. The existing terminal, designed and built in the 1950s, was "mechanically deficient and functionally obsolete" and did not meet current fire, electric and plumbing codes, White relates.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A second "sub-area master plan" later presented two choices: rehabilitate the existing terminal or build a new facility. Supporting analysis showed that both options would cost roughly the same, but a remodel would take twice as long as starting from scratch. In 2004, the airport authority, which is also the city council, voted to move ahead with designing a new terminal. Given the similar cost estimates, efficiency and convenience for customers and airlines drove the decision, White explains.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><div><strong>Convincing the Carriers<a href=""><img alt="" src="/sites/" style="width: 222px; height: 919px; float: right;"></a></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The airport hired Aecom as the ACT 3 program/construction manager in 2005; and HNTB was brought in as the master architect/engineer. The design process, however, lasted longer than anticipated, due to initial opposition from ICT's carriers. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>"There was a little bit of airline resistance to the concept of spending that much money for a brand new facility at a small hub airport," explains White. "It took a lot of persuasion to get the airlines on board. There was a time in the early design phase that I wasn't sure we would do the project."</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>To bring the airlines around, it was important not to increase fees beyond levels they could "reasonably and realistically afford," he relates. At the same time, airport officials reassured carriers that a new building would provide a "significantly improved" level of customer service and efficiencies that would translate to cost savings.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>"We had to be creative in how we structured the business deal with the airlines, in terms of the use and lease agreement," White recalls.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the end, the airport leveraged the "luxury" of its strong industrial park to create what White describes as a "palatable deal" for carriers. (ICT's park is home to the world headquarters of Bombardier Learjet; Textron Aviation, which includes Cessna and Beechcraft; and dozens of major aviation suppliers.)</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>"We were able to swallow hard and take some of the revenues from those non-airline sources to help produce a compensating source of revenue for the terminal project that will artificially lower the rates to the airlines," he explains.</div><div>&nbsp;The airport's "final sales pitch" to the airlines was engineered after years of intense negotiations with the help of financial consultant Leigh Fisher Associates, White notes.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><strong>New Efficiencies</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The new 273,000-square-foot building was designed and constructed to Leadership in Energy &amp; Environmental Design standards, and is therefore expected to provide multiple efficiencies over the previous facility.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Glass walls and skylights help cut daytime lighting costs while providing a brighter environment for customers, notes Pat McCollom, associate vice president of program management with Aecom. The new terminal has four to five times more natural light than the previous facility, he notes.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Water-conserving plumbing and high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems are also expected to reduce the airport's operating costs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The roof is designed to reflect heat from the sun, while high-efficiency insulation in the roof and non-glass wall areas will also help control heating and cooling costs. Materials made of recycled content and efficient water fixtures are other important parts of the terminal design, adds Phil Hannon, architecture project manager with HNTB.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>In-pavement heating systems that pipe warm water and glycol through the concrete in front of the terminal were added to minimize slips and falls in colder temperatures and reduce the need for shoveling during snowstorms. Similar technology is also used in the parking garage and baggage makeup areas. Heated floors will help maintain a more even temperature in the baggage area as doors open and close for baggage carts, notes White. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More visible customer service improvements were made airside, with the addition of new glass jetways from JBT Aerotech. In the old terminal, only about half of the gates were equipped with loading bridges. When the new terminal is complete, it will have 12 gates - each with its own bridge. As a benefit for its airlines, the airport purchased and will maintain the bridges. It also provides preconditioned air and power for the bridges, as well as ground power units on the ramps. "That turned out to be a huge selling point to the airlines," White relates. "It's less equipment they have to maintain, provide and operate; and we will roll the cost of doing that into the rental rates for the building."</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The glass-walled boarding bridges provide passengers with great views of the apron, airport and sky, Hannon comments. Ample glass, along with high ceilings and open spaces, also helped create a lighter, less congested ticketing area, he notes.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Improved concessions will further elevate service for customers, White adds. New food and beverage options from MSE Branded Foods and retail outlets from Paradies are concentrated on the secure side of the terminal, as opposed to the pre-checkpoint layout of the old terminal. &nbsp;</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><strong>Design Opportunities &amp; Challenges</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Given the rapid and significant evolution in ticketing and check-in strategies over the last decade, Hannon notes that it was important for ICT to have a flexible design. Its new ticketing area consequently includes an access floor, so kiosk locations and queuing arrangements can be changed as needed. "We think that's a pretty innovative way of handling an on-grade ticketing area to allow flexibility long into the future for operations we can't even speculate on at this point," says Hannon.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sightline issues for ICT's air traffic control tower proved to be a tougher challenge to resolve, ultimately affecting the layout of the new terminal building and the shape of its concourse. Because the control tower is located on the far side of the existing terminal from the new terminal, there were strict limits on how high the new terminal could be. It also significantly impacted the slopes and maximum heights of the roof, Hannon relates.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>"We were fairly restricted in the footprint of the building, because the farther away you got from the control tower, the lower the roof would have needed to be," he explains, noting that the design team managed to take advantage of the available area and provide an efficient and visually appealing structure.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>While the new terminal is only slightly larger than the old, increased flexibility and more efficient use of space will allow the airport to handle 2 million passengers - 2.4 million when expanded. Current passenger traffic is about 1.5 million per year.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The new terminal's last three gates will be put into service after the old terminal is demolished and more ramp space is available. Nine will be available at the grand opening.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><strong>Celebrating History</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Throughout the extended design process, city officials were clear about wanting a modern facility that represents Wichita's rich aviation history. Design elements that acknowledge and celebrate the city's important role in the industry can be seen in big and small ways throughout the new facility, Hannon says.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The swooping, curvilinear shape of the roof at the front of the airport is reminiscent of an aircraft wing and evokes the element of flight, he explains. The main level arrivals/departures curb features a translucent canopy, designed to shield passengers from the elements yet maintain overhead views. Inside, the building "really looks to the sky" with lots of natural light streaming through glass walls and skylights, he continues.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The shape of the ceiling and diffusers on the back wall of the ticketing area are meant to reflect or recall aviation manufacturing, McCollom adds. Additionally, various shaped elements and finish materials such as metal and glass were selected to remind passengers of aircraft interiors.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Together, various design features not only add the historic nods the city wanted, they also create a "sense of place" for the new terminal, notes Hannon.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>Wichita's aviation history is detailed more literally in a display on the second floor mezzanine, immediately before the security checkpoint. Fourteen two-sided panels celebrate local aviation pioneers, including the early barnstormers; Wichita-born aircraft manufacturers such as Cessna, Beechcraft and Bombardier; and local makers of aircraft parts. Airplanes built in Wichita are highlighted on a separate three-panel display. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>An in-terminal public art program includes a 330-foot long sculpture for the ceiling of the great hall. The work's light-reflecting dichroic glass will appear to change colors as passengers move through the area. Terrazzo flooring throughout the building features zinc inserts that are reminiscent of airplane contrails.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Setting the Stage</strong></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>With the new terminal squeezed in as close as possible to the old terminal, construction was able to proceed without suspending operations at the existing terminal. Although it wasn't a pure greenfield site, construction had almost zero impact on the airlines, tenants and customers coming in and out of the airport, reports White.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The same was not true across the street during construction of ICT's new $40 million parking garage. Located in the middle of the long- and short-term and rental car parking lots, that project had a "huge impact" on passengers for the two years it was under construction, he acknowledges.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>The reward, however, is the airport's first covered parking facility, plus a "hybrid consolidated rental car facility," as White describes it. The first floor of the garage houses ready and return staging areas for the nine rental car companies that operate at ICT; and an attached customer service center contains transaction counters for each agency in a two-story, glass-walled lobby. Vehicle fueling and servicing occur at a separate facility.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In addition to building the new $40 million parking garage and $160 million passenger terminal, ICT invested about $25 million in enabling projects. Initiatives ranged from roadway improvements, utility work and a new Customs facility, to relocating and rebuilding the airport's main cargo facility and remote park-and-ride economy shuttle lot.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Phasing of the enabling projects allowed the airport to maximize Airport Improvement Program grants and set the stage for its terminal project, notes McCollom.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><strong>The Evolution Continues</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Although the new terminal will enable ICT to accommodate more passengers and airlines in the future, increasing traffic was not the expressed purpose of the project. "The intent was to replace a 60+-year-old building that was functionally obsolete - replace it and give us a modern and high-tech future," White clarifies.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The new facility will also evolve as industry trends change - something the previous building could no longer do, he adds. Currently, ICT has service from United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and Allegiant Air.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>As a literal representation of Wichita's aviation future outside the manufacturing sector, the new terminal provides a rally point for the local community. And a psychological boost is particularly welcome, given the overall economic recession and dip that general aviation aircraft production has taken in recent years, White explains. "The community and economic development leaders are trying to recruit new companies to come here to balance things out, but we don't want to throw away this tie to aviation the city has," he relates. "(Wichita) always has been and always will be the air capital of the world."&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><a href=""><img alt="" src="/sites/" style="width: 600px; height: 221px;"></a></div></div><div><a href="">Link to article</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Airport News Wed, 27 May 2015 18:29:09 +0000 89 at