Earlier this year we opened our new $1.4 billion
Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. International Terminal,
which has consolidated our 40-gate International
Terminal Complex and will provide the facilities for even more international growth in the
future. We currently have 204 gates in our seven-concourse complex and are averaging approximately 1,270 departures per day.
ATL is updating its food and beverage concessions program and developing 125 new concepts
throughout the terminal complex. In the RFP
process, we increased our average share of F&B
concessions revenues to 15.1 percent of gross
revenues. The new concessions program and
our international terminal created an additional
1,700 jobs at the airport in addition to the 58,000
jobs that currently are in place at ATL.
ERIN O’DONNELL | MANAGING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER
CHICAGO MIDWAY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The long-term outlook for aviation, especially at
Midway and O’Hare International airports, shows
tremendous opportunity for growth.
Due to the strong presence of Southwest, activity at Midway continues its growth of more than 4
percent over 2011. In fact, 2012 is a record-setting
year for Midway — the airport’s busiest year in
its 85-year history. Chicago’s airports together are
on pace to handle 86.6 million passengers — an
increase of 1.5 percent over last year. It is a trend
that we expect will continue to grow, especially for
With increasing activity levels, our focus will be
on investment in infrastructure and enhancing our
customers’ experience through innovative concessions programs and concierge services.
As we balance infrastructure and customer
service funding, the airport industry will need
to focus on new funding sources and revenue
ROBERT OLISLAGERS, A.A.E. | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
It seems that the future is murkier than
ever. Between the uncertainty caused by
congressional inaction, budget cuts and new
mandates, including health care reform, SMS,
and possible GA user fees, 2013 promises to be
an interesting year.
As we have done since the deep recession
started in 2008, our focus has been on flat bud-
gets and delaying non-safety projects, which is
not the way to run a business. We are fortunate
to have built reserves and conserved them dur-
ing the last four years, but things remain tight,
and the motto moving forward may very well be
“doing less with less.”
The general aviation industry in the U.S. con-
tinues to give up ground to foreign markets. Until
two years ago, the vast majority of business air-
craft were sold to U.S. firms; today, 50 percent of
all business aircraft are sold to firms in Asia, Latin
America and Africa. The market is shifting, and
GA airports with a heavy business aircraft compo-
nent will need to adjust accordingly.
GA airports with mostly single-engine aircraft
will continue to struggle as the average age of
pilots continues to go up, while new pilots starts
and completions are generally in decline. The
bright spot remains with the line of Cirrus and
Light Sport aircraft. It is difficult to predict if the
new Airline Transport Pilot requirements will be a
boon or a drag on GA, as well as on airlines, but it
is certain to have an impact.
My prediction is that airlines will continue to bail
out of smaller markets, leaving market opportunities for boutique operators, especially of the Part 380
variety, to exploit GA airports that do not have the
overhead that Part 139/1542 airports have.
AL POLLARD, A.A.E. | DIRECTOR
MARTIN STATE AIRPORT
Now that the election is behind us, airports are
focusing on the new year with cautious optimism
about the fiscal challenges facing the nation and
The pending fiscal cliff is in the forefront of our
minds and what that could mean for airports, and
the domino effect of those pending budget cuts.
With all that in mind, the best we can hope for is a
flat 2013, with some small segments of the industry
inching out minimal positive numbers.
We are planning on holding the line on spending with no major projects anticipated, and no staff