Expansion & Development
As Alabama’s largest airport, the facilities at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) continue to grow and expand. In order to strengthen the marketability of our airport and the Birmingham Region, we strive to maintain a first-class facility that will continue to enhance Birmingham as a great place to live, work and do business.
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
The Birmingham Airport Authority recently unveiled their most recent sustainable project. Under the Federal Aviation Administration’s Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) Program, the Authority was awarded a grant to lower emissions in the community by building a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station and replacing their current diesel shuttle bus fleet and one maintenance vehicle with others that run on Compressed Natural Gas.
The CNG station will be one of three in the Birmingham area. This centrally located station will provide Birmingham and surrounding communities a great option for their CNG needs with an easy to access and convenient station.
According to the FAA VALE fact sheet, through VALE projects, airports are reducing ozone emissions by 478 tons per year, which is the equivalent to 26,000 cars and trucks off the road annually. The Authority has previously embarked on VALE eligible projects, most recently during the airport’s Terminal Modernization Project with preconditioned air units and 400Hz units for jet bridges. Both these units help to reduce emissions by using electricity from the airport units rather than running the aircraft engines to provide comfortable conditions for BHM passengers as they load and unload in between flights at BHM.
This project is estimated to cost $2.5 million.
Rental Car Quick Turn Around Facilities (QTA)
The Birmingham Airport Authority (BAA), in conjunction with the rental car agencies operating at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, is in the planning stages for the construction of a new quick turn around facilities (QTA) to be located along Messer-Airport Highway, the main thoroughfare to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
This new facility will be used to provide each rental car agency with dedicated “quick-turn-around” (QTA) areas for vehicle maintenance and increased parking/storage capacity for “ready cars.”
This project is slated to be complete in April 2020.
Vacant Land Acquisition (VLA)
The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is an economic driver for Birmingham-Hoover DMA and the central Alabama region. Realizing its potential is a vital part of Birmingham Airport Authority’s plan to enhance the surrounding area with airport compatible purposes. In 2005, the Birmingham Airport Authority finalized a Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study Update. This study was commissioned to:
- assess the existing and future noise environment,
- identify compatible and noncompatible land uses within the noise contours, and
- recommend methods to mitigate noise and land use non-compatibility.
By its completion, the Birmingham Airport Authority was awarded approximately $80 million in Federal Aviation Administration federal grants to acquire the residential properties (815 parcels) identified within the noise study contour. The commencement of phase II, Vacant Land Project (VLA), took place in the 3rd quarter of 2018. This phase consists of the Birmingham Airport Authority acquiring approximately 300 parcels of land including 28 parcels with standing buildings and 282 vacant lots. The Vacant Land Acquisition Project (VLA) initiative is set to acquire the vacant lots located within the noise contour to create contiguous parcels for redevelopment with airport compatible uses or direct airport use. The estimated cost for this project is $2,359,429, funded Birmingham Airport Authority unrestricted cash.