Dallas Love Fields – Post-Wright Amendment

In October, the last eight of 20 new gates at Dallas Love Field (DAL) opened for business. To service the new gates, the Dallas Department of Aviation and Southwest Airlines partnered to install an $11.6 million fuel hydrant system. Both projects were carefully timed to coincide with the much-anticipated expiration of the Wright Amendment.

Passed by Congress in 1979, the Wright Amendment protected then-new Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport by restricting DAL from offering non-stop service to states not adjacent to Texas. In 2006, a compromise was reached that allowed DAL to offer non-stop service throughout the United States beginning Oct. 13, 2014; but it is still limited to 20 gates and cannot offer international service.

Contingency Planning – Tucson International

Over the past decade, the main terminal apron at Tucson International Airport (TUS) was beginning to require heavy maintenance. Cracking pavement was creating debris and the subsequent risk of foreign object damage for aircraft engines. Maintenance personnel at the Arizona airport were consequently spending a lot of time patching the approximately 50-year-old pavement.

“It had greatly exceeded its life expectancy,” informs Mike Smejkal, senior director of development services for the Tucson Airport Authority. “It needed to be replaced because it was past the point of maintenance.”

Oakland International

Oakland International Contends with Wetlands, Endangered Species and Seismic Risk at new Fuel Farm

“Building a fuel tank farm isn’t sexy; it just needs to be done,” says Tom McCartin, chairman of Oakland Fuel Facilities Corporation (OFFC) at California’s Oakland International Airport. With 15 carriers uploading an estimated 117 million gallons of jet fuel in 2009, it was simply time to replace the aging fuel farms, McCartin explains.

Although the $25 million project may not have the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster, it has multiple subplots and plenty of drama – by airport infrastructure standards. “You had seismic issues, you had proximity to the bay and you had proximity to the wetlands where some endangered species might reside,” McCartin details. “We had to be very careful.”