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NEWS: Columbus Airport’s record year and flight gains

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“COLUMBUS, Ohio — More flights and record numbers of passengers — if these are the measures of success for an airport CEO, Joe Nardone is wrapping up a stellar first year as head of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority.

John Glenn Columbus International Airport was poised in 2018 to hit 8 million passengers in a year for the first time. That tops 2007, when short-lived Columbus startup Skybus Airlines helped the airport reach 7.7 million passengers, and last year’s second-highest tally of 7.5 million.

In 2019, three sought-after new routes from three major airlines — including one airline new to Columbus, Alaska Airlines — are to launch.

Meanwhile, Rickenbacker Airport enjoyed by far its biggest year in terms of both passengers — thanks to the growing operations of Allegiant Air — and cargo shipments.

Still, Nardone, who came to Columbus from much-larger Detroit Metropolitan Airport, isn’t satisfied.

‘We’re just starting. This is just the beginning,’ Nardone said in a recent interview.

Nardone is especially focused on two things this year: continuing to improve the airport’s bottom line, and getting the larger community on board with increasing air service, especially long-sought international flights.

Both goals might require tough choices. The airport authority recently eliminated 22 jobs — half of them full-time, half part-time. Airport spokeswoman Angie Tabor said seven people were laid off in the process while other positions were reduced through restructuring or not filling vacant positions. Tabor added that, in deciding which positions to keep, the authority placed priority on “front-line positions that contribute directly to our operations and customer experience.”

Keeping costs down is especially important for the airport now for several reasons. The airport authority has long discussed building a new terminal but hasn’t figured out how to pay the likely cost of more than $2 billion. In addition to escalating construction costs, the failure of airports to get an increase in passenger-facility charges (per-ticket fees that airports use to fund capital projects) in the recently passed Federal Aviation Administration bill was a blow.

Carriers have also become increasingly willing to abandon routes that aren’t performing well in favor of more-profitable ones.

This year, Southwest Airlines cut a nonstop flight from Columbus to Oakland, California, that was highly sought after by local government and development officials as a link to Silicon Valley. Nardone said he has gotten an earful from people in the community unhappy about the route cut. Although Nardone, too, dislikes losing a flight, he said it’s up to the community to step up and support air service.

‘People say ‘I was on that flight all the time,’ Nardone said. ‘And I say, ‘Well, not enough people like you were on it.’ Airlines make decisions in their best interest, and airports are there to serve airlines.’

Nardone said 2018 saw the culmination of years of work by the airport authority’s air-service development efforts. In quick succession, flights were announced to Seattle and San Francisco, two long-sought West Coast routes, along with the Western hub of Salt Lake City. John Glenn Airport also welcomed ultra-low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines and announced plans for the arrival in March of Alaska Airlines.

The one big goal that has remained elusive is an international flight to a European gateway such as London, Paris or Amsterdam, catering to business travelers. While declining to get specific, Nardone strongly hints that such a flight could have been secured for Columbus had the community been able to come up with several million dollars to provide a fund commonly referred to as a revenue guarantee to an airline for the first two years of service. This setup is designed to protect the airline as it devotes resources to establishing and marketing a flight that’s likely to take months to become profitable.

FAA rules prevent airports themselves from giving money to airlines this way, although they can provide non-cash incentives such as the waiving of landing fees. It typically falls to state or local governments or to business-development organizations to put up the money. The Oakland flight on Southwest was guaranteed by a combined $1.7 million pledged by the city of Columbus and Franklin County (Rose, 2018).”

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NEWS: FWA brought servicemen ‘Home for the Holidays’

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“FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Three United States servicemen will spend the holidays with their families, thanks to the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority (FWACAA), WANE 15, and an anonymous donor.

FWACAA and WANE 15 asked local military families to submit a short essay highlighting why their serviceman or woman deserved to be brought home for the holidays.

Two members of the military were initially selected from the entries – Gage Phillips and Daniel Hockenberry.

Phillips is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps and is stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii. Because of plane ticket prices, Phillips hasn’t been able to come home for quite some time.

His grandfather, a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran himself, is currently on dialysis and needs a kidney transplant. He is extremely excited to see Phillips again.

Phillips will arrive at Fort Wayne International Airport on Saturday.

Hockenberry has served in the United States Air Force for more than 20 years. He just finished a deployment in Japan and hasn’t been able to come home in four years.

Hockenberry will land in Fort Wayne on Wednesday, December 26 to ring in the New Year with his mother, who entered him into the contest.

In a special change of plans, a third service member was also added to the list.

After seeing WANE 15 and FWACAA promote the ‘Home for the Holidays’ contest, a viewer decided he wanted to get involved. The anonymous resident donated enough money to bring home an additional serviceman who will fly in ahead of Christmas.

That man is Spencer Myers. Myers is serving in the United States Army and is flying home Thursday morning.

Myers recently proposed to his girlfriend, who is pregnant with their first child together. While he’s in the area, the two of them plan on getting married in a small ceremony.

Myers will then be deployed in January, but he’s not sure where he will be sent, or for how long. That’s one more reason he and his family plan on making the most of his visit.

‘I would like to thank [the donor] for your generosity, to care about my young soldier and all
soldiers who give all they have to protect each and every one of us,” said Kathy Cooper,
grandmother of Spencer Myers. “[My grandson] is able to come home and will be marrying the
love of his life while he is home for Christmas. Saying thank you seems like so little, but it truly
comes from my heart'” (Kuhn, 2018).

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Position Announcement: Philadelphia Deputy Director of Aviation, Operations & Security

The City of Philadelphia is seeking a Deputy Director of Aviation, Operations & Security who will be responsible for the direction of the Airport Operations and Security departments for both Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE).

For instructions on how to apply, please click here to see the recruitment brochure, or click here to apply.

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Position Announcement: Philadelphia Deputy Director of Aviation, Capital Development

The City of Philadelphia is seeking a Deputy Director of Aviation, Capital Development to direct the implementation of the Airport’s Capital Development Program (CDP) for the utilization of physical facilities for both Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE).

For instructions on how to apply, please click here to see the recruitment brochure, or click here to apply.

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NEWS: KCI Terminal Renovation

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“KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Developers unveiled a model Thursday of what the new terminal at KCI Airport will look like.

Convenience is being incorporated into the new design.

The aviation committee asked questions about design features being used into the new terminal, as the developer, Edgemoor, says it expects to begin construction next year.

The terminal includes two levels, one for arrivals and the other for departures, as is common at many other major airports around the nation.

But convenience remains a primary focus. The architect tells FOX 4 it will only be 120-feet from drop off at the curb to the security checkpoint.

In addition, a parking garage across the roadway, which many travelers like at the current KCI, will also be a part of the new terminal.

‘It’s an extremely complicated building,’ said Jordan Pierce, architect of the terminal. ‘Most complicated building type there is in the world. Coming up with a solution that maintains that convenience has been difficult, but it’s something we’ve embraced as a challenge.’

The security checkpoint will include what’s called ‘high throughput’ security devices so four passengers can be screened at one time. Automatic tray return also promises to speed up the process.

Still to be resolved is a dispute among the airlines to pay for a baggage handling system at the new terminal.

The city’s aviation department says it’s meeting with the airlines again Monday, but may have to impose a compromise solution that it hopes will be accepted by all the carriers currently serving Kansas City” (Pepitone, 2018).

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Position Announcement: MNAA Assistant VP Risk Management

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) is seeking an Assistant Vice President, Risk Management who will be responsible for responsible for identifying MNAA’s exposure to liability or financial loss that may result from claims arising from bodily injury, property damage, Director and Officer actions and all other types of insured and uninsured claims.

The salary range for this position is $115,000 to $157,000 and includes an attractive benefit package. For instructions on how to apply, please click here to see the recruitment brochure, or click here to apply.

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Position Announcement: FNT Deputy Airport Director, Operations and Maintenance

Bishop International Airport Authority is seeking a Deputy Airport Director, Operations & Maintenance to plan, organize, and direct the day-to-day activities of all maintenance, operations, engineering, and public safety functions of the Airport Authority.

For instructions on how to apply, please click here to see the recruitment brochure, or visit the searches tab at Click here for application.

Posting closes December 7, 2018.

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Position Announcements: Airport Administration Coordinator

The City of Battle Creek, MI is seeking an Airport Administration Coordinator to perform a variety of responsible administrative duties in support of the Transportation Director and the W. K. Kellogg Airport (BTL), a Part 139 certificated large GA airport. This position will manage and maintain correspondence, reports and records; assist management in analyzing and coordinating administrative activities, conduct research and propose solutions for administrative activities; prepare and process financial transactions including payroll; provide tenant coordination for leases and security badges; and perform other related duties as assigned. The Administrative Coordinator is required to maintain confidentiality and exercise initiative and good judgment, drawing on experience and training for guidance, and must formulate recommended courses of action based upon research and information at hand. Wage range – $21.20 – $27.56See full job description, full requirements and apply online at Open until filled. EOE
• Associate’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or related field.
• Considerable administrative experience in an airport environment or equivalent knowledge associated with the completion of a Bachelor’s degree in aviation management.
• Considerable experience in project and program development
• Position requires computer operations experience, including strong working knowledge of email, word processing and spreadsheet applications (Microsoft products desirable).
• A valid driver’s license is required at the time of application.
Additional Salary Information: Salary increases as per SEIU contract.
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