for four shops representing phase one of the airport’s
first shopping corridor: Be Relax Spa, The Sharper
Image, InMotion Entertainment and Old Town News &
As part of the airport’s Green Build expansion of
Terminal 2 West, HMSHost opened three restaurants:
Tommy V’s Pizzeria, Bubbles Seafood & Wine Bar, and
Seaside Stack Shack.
“We’re pleased to enhance the traveler’s experience
at San Diego International Airport by providing a
wide range of new dining and shopping options,” said
Thella Bowens, president/CEO of the San Diego County
Regional Airport Authority. “Customer satisfaction is a
high priority, and these new restaurants and shops will
make the traveler’s time at the airport more pleasant
When the concession development program is
complete, the airport will be home to a total of 87
restaurants and retail locations, up from 55 previously.
Openings will continue to take place over the coming
months, with completion in early 2014. Also slated
to open are Phil’s BBQ, Warwick’s of La Jolla, Jack
in the Box, Stone Brewing Company and Brighton
Collectibles, as well as a second spa and several wine
bars. In addition, the number of concessions employees
at the airport will nearly double, increasing from about
625 to approximately 1,200 in 2014.
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needs of the pilot. In addition, pilots participated
in Human-in-the-Loop laboratory simulations in
which they could look over the shoulders of air
traffic controllers at a scope and put themselves in
the controller’s shoes.
The benefits of the new PBN procedures are
clear to controllers at Denver International’s FAA
tower. There are lots of strong and variable winds
in Denver and lots of turbulence spawned by
strong winds crossing mountainous terrain. In the
past, with conventional arrival procedures and
radar vectors, aircraft contacting the tower were at
times hot and high — flying faster and at a higher
altitude than suitable for an ideal final approach.
Correcting for this led to unstable approaches and,
at times, go-arounds.
“We have seen about a 35 percent decrease
in these types of go-arounds with the new
STAR procedures,” said John Connolly, acting
air traffic manager of the Denver tower. This
not only saves the airlines fuel but it improves
the passenger experience, he noted. “And due
to the RNAV STARs, aircraft are more stable
on final and they arrive—about 10 miles from
the airport—on a more predicable course and
speed,” Connolly added.
Refinements are being made to the PBN
network as airlines, airports and air traffic
controllers adjust to the new procedures and
alter them to better suit Denver’s operations. PBN
procedures will be in use for a long time, and
adjustments made now are intended to ensure
their long-term success. A
David Hughes is an FAA writer. For any questions on NextGen
subjects covered in this article, contact NextGen@faa.gov.